Local News

  • Rockwood buys space for RWSG

    By Richard Evans

    During their meeting Tuesday evening, the Rockwood City Council approved the purchase of property for the Rockwood Water, Sewer, and Natural Gas Department.

    The property, located along South Front Avenue, adjoins two properties already purchased for the construction of a new operations center for the department.

    The council approved the purchase of property from Karyn R. Henderson in the amount of $60,000.

  • Upcoming anniversary may force Roane to act

    The 10th anniversary of the TVA ash spill is fast-approaching.

    According to Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew, that’s a big deal if the county plans on taking legal action against TVA.

    “There’s a date that you need to keep in mind if later on you decide to take action on this ash spill, and that is Dec. 22, 2018,” Leffew told the County Commission.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Some of what’s wrong with newspaper business

    Gentle reader, just about every aspect of the media world has been awash with news of commerce the last few days, focusing on ‘’Black Friday” and its sales, and ancillary topics.

  • Harriman establishes advisory committees

    The Harriman City Council established several commissions and committees during their meeting Tuesday night.

    Council approved individual ordinances on the second and final reading, to establish the police advisory commission, fire advisory commission, public works advisory commission as well the city parks and recreation advisory committee and Harriman Emory Golf Course Advisory Committee.

    Each ordinance was approved unanimously.

  • Harriman seeks bids on new roof

    By Richard Evans

    During their meeting last Tuesday, the Harriman City Council approved a bid to put a new roof on the community center.

    Rick Cox Construction submitted the winning bid of $67,800. The bid was roughly $20,000 cheaper than the next highest of the three bids turned in.

    City Manager Kevin Helms said a little more than $71,000 had been budgeted for the project.

    “I’m glad to see a local company get the bid and be able to deal with people here locally,” said Councilman Daryl Cook.

  • Harriman Christmas parade rescheduled because of weather

    The Harriman Christmas parade has been moved due to inclement weather. The parade has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

  • Masked man identified in robbery case

    The masked man in an alleged robbery has been identified as Nathan Bennett Briley.

    He is charged with especially aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony.

    His co-defendant in the case is 18-year-old Zachary Douglas Ray. The two are accused of robbing a woman on Nov. 13.

    According to the warrant, she got into a green Ford Explorer with Ray, who allegedly shoved her head down under the steering wheel and brandished a pistol.

  • Harriman Sears to close its doors

    After 37 years in Harriman, Sears Hometown Store will be closing Jan. 1, 2019.

    “It’s amazing how well we’ve done and how many friends we’ve made over the years,” said store owner Charlie Jones.

    This was a good year for the store, Jones said.

    Unfortunately the Sears corporate office didn’t fare as well.

    After filing for bankruptcy protection last month and closing a number of large stores including one in Knoxville, Sears said that the small hometown stores would not be affected.