Local News

  • Cruisin’ into Harriman
  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Dwelling on differences makes us losers

    By Mark Banker

    I began last week’s column with a quote from a favorite author. Near the end of his good and productive life, Tony Hillerman recalled becoming outraged when some devious neighbors in Depression-era Oklahoma took advantage of a generous old farmer.

    “Son,” the old man advised, “if you don’t forgive your enemies, you’re going to run out of friends.”

  • Watkins candidate for job in West Tenn.

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins may soon be heading home — or closer to it.

    Watkins is a candidate for the director of schools job at Obion County Board of Education and will have her second interview on Tuesday, June 12, which will be followed by discussion and potential naming of a director.

    “That is 35 minutes from my house in West Tennessee. It is really close to where my family was, where my kids have been raised,” said Watkins.

  • Small reactor would hit environment hard

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released a draft environmental impact statement related to a permit for TVA’s construction of a small modular reactor on the Clinch River.

    The draft found that there are some moderate to large impacts on the environment that can be expected during building and operation.

    The information was released at a meeting held in Kingston Tuesday during which NRC officials described the review process and informed attendees how to provide their input to the process.

  • Rockwood Animal Shelter closed again

    Rockwood Animal Shelter is closed again after the resignation of animal control and codes enforcement officer Josh Strickland.

    The shelter closed on Friday. Officials aren’t sure when it may reopen. Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said they will likely reopen it.

    “We are going to look at it and see where we are on it,” Miller said.

    Strickland said the hours, including seven days a week of coming in to clean the shelter, caused a strain. It was hard doing animal control, the shelter and codes enforcement.

  • Choirs concert to benefit seniors riding program

    Roane County ElderWatch is sponsoring a fundraiser featuring the area’s church choirs.

    The June 22 concert will benefit Round About Roane, a transportation program for Roane County senior citizens.

    Tickets are $10 for the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Roane State Community College O’Brien Theater.

    Ages 9 and younger are admitted free.

  • No property tax hike in Rockwood

    Rockwood property owners won’t experience the sting of a tax increase in this year’s proposed $7.2 million city budget.

    Rockwood City Council approved first reading of a budget at a workshop and special called meeting on Tuesday.

    “There is no tax increase in this budget whatsoever,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller during the workshop.

    Miller, however, added there aren’t a lot of capital projects in the budget.