• Lee freezes new business regulations

    Earlier this month Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order to halt new regulations for the next 90 days across all state executive branch departments.

    “As part of our efforts to limit the size of state government, we are taking a close look at the regulations we are imposing on citizens and businesses in Tennessee,” said Lee.

    “Our goal is to make Tennessee the most job-friendly state in the country and we are working to promote job creation and a commonsense regulatory approach.”

  • Fishing for his dreams in Florida

    Less than two years after finishing high school, Cameron Hardin is living his dream.

    Not in college, but in Destin, Fla., operating a charter boat fishing business.

    “We’re obviously excited,” father Dave Hardin said.

    “It’s exciting to have a Tennessee boy live his

    dream in salt water.”

    Cameron graduated from Roane County High School in 2017.

    The name of his fishing business is Cuttin’ Up Fishing.

  • Tennessee Medieval Faire holding auditions for street characters

    Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, invites you to travel back in time to celebrate the high Middle Ages with Robin Hood at the fifth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire. 

    This rugged outdoor festival will spring to life on Saturday, May 25, and run for three weekends, including Memorial Day.  The festival is located north of Harriman.

  • Joint Commission gives Ridgeview accreditation for behavioral health

    Ridgeview has earned Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission.

    The reaccreditation demonstrates Ridgeview’s commitment to the coordination of behavioral health care services through a rigorous process of external validation by a recognized expert in the field.

  • Volunteer Electric awards $2,000 to Roane County organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,000 grants to Roane County organizations in January.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Quarterback Club ($300), Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($300), Midway High School Baseball Booster ($300), Salem Baptist Church- Food Pantry ($500), and Midway Music Club ($600).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • State sees growth in new businesses

    New business filings increased more than 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the previous year, according to a new report released by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

    This marked the fourth consecutive quarter of new business increases in excess of 10 percent in Tennessee.

  • Food City recognizes employees who give back

    Food City recognized its employees recently for giving back to their communities, including three members from stores in Kingston, Harriman and Oliver Springs.

    Cherlyn Brown, front end manager of the Food City in Harriman, volunteers with First Christian Church; Kaitlyn Stephens, a cashier at the Kingston Food City volunteers with Midway Schools; and Teresa Hall, a bakery deli helper at Oliver Springs Food City, volunteers with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    “It is always a blessing to help everybody,” said Brown.

  • Roane sees drop in the unemployed

    More than three-quarters of Tennessee’s 95 counties, including Roane County, experienced a drop in unemployment during December 2018 according to data released by Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Jeff McCord.

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate drop in December based on estimates from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Those estimates indicate 22,370 of the county’s 23,230 workforce were employed in December, for an unemployment rate of 3.7.

  • Funding had positive impact on the pay of direct support professionals

    Survey results from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability show that increased funding intended to boost the pay of direct support professionals working with adults with disabilities has had a positive effect on employee wages.

    In 2018, the General Assembly appropriated $49 million in state and federal matching funds to increase the hourly wages of direct support professionals working under the home and community-based services waivers program administered by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


    By Richard Evans

    Chuck’s Deli is currently down, but they are not out.

    “We’re optimistic [to reopen] in about six weeks. I’m thinking it will be March if there’s no hold up,” said Jason Shillings. He and his wife Sonya own the business.

    “The whole time we’ve been planning to rebuild. We’re just thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to rebuild,” he said.

    The Harriman landmark, which has been open for decades, was heavily damaged by fire on Dec. 28.