Local News

  • Harriman narrows field for manager

    Harriman officials sat down and talked to 11 city manager candidates from all over the country during Thursday’s first round of interviews.

    “The city should be commended. They cast a wide net out there,” said Warren Nevad of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, who is assisting Harriman officials in the search for the city’s first manager.

    They’ll further narrow down the list in a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • Old theater to be showcase for Rockwood hospitality

    One of downtown Rockwood’s historic buildings is getting a new look, and it will play a big role in promoting Rockwood and its history as a visitor center and museum.

    The building was the former J&B Furniture Store, but before that it served in other capacities, including as a J.C. Penney catalog store, the Lyric Theatre and the Ritz Theatre.

    “Everyone is pitching in and working really hard,” said John Evans of the Rockwood Merchants Association.

    “It is looking a lot better.”

  • Another motion to dismiss McFarland judge suit

    Mike Pemberton isn’t the only one who wants Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit thrown out.

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office does as well.

    McFarland lost to Pemberton in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    He responded by suing Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office represents the commission and Goins.

  • Sound Aviation supplying plane parts from new Roane facility

    Sound Aviation, an airplane parts supplier, celebrated the opening of its Roane County facility on Friday.

    “We’re very happy to be here in a new community that’s welcoming us with open arms,” Vice President of Sales Jason Blom said.

    The facility is on Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The company also has a facility in Kings Park, N.Y.

  • Attorney General Holder’s resignation make some in Tenn. delegation happy

    The resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was welcome news for some Tennessee lawmakers.

    Holder announced on Thursday that he would be stepping down from the position.

    “During his nearly six-year tenure, Eric Holder vastly overstepped his bounds as attorney general,” U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said.

    “From ‘Fast and Furious’ to his handling of the IRS targeting scandal, Holder abused the power of his office,” the Ooltewah Republican continued.

  • Voter forum to address Amendment 1

    A “vote ‘no’ on Tennessee Amendment 1” public voter forum will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Mark Mohundro of Planned Parenthood will explain Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution, which voters will decide on the Nov. 4 ballot. He will also answer questions from the audience.

    Information from the Tennessee League of Women Voters will be provided on Amendments 1 (abortion), 2 (judiciary), 3 (taxes) and 4 (gambling).

  • Posters for workplace offered at no charge

    Tennessee employers are reminded that the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development offers required workplace posters at no charge at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd.

    Directly below the state poster listings is a link to required U.S. Department of Labor posters, which can also be downloaded free.

    Employers may have received misleading notices in the mail advising them to update employment posters that are required by law to post.

  • OUT to LUNCH: No room for ‘Out for Lunch’ if you breakfast at Crockett’s

    I know my articles are titled “Out to Lunch,” but today’s article is about a breakfast place where my wife, Carol, and I ate so much we skipped lunch.

    We finally had a pimento cheese sandwich about 4 p.m. that day.

    We try and spend a few days in Gatlinburg around Sept. 15, the date of both our birthdays and our wedding anniversary.

    We ran off to get married on our birthdays and didn’t have a honeymoon, so we try to have a short anniversary celebration each year.

  • Armed Robbery suspects being sought

    Harriman Police Department is looking for suspects who robbed and assaulted a victim with a knife at the Eagle Food Mart, 909 Georgia St., Harriman.

    The armed robbery occurred around 6:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, according to a release on the Harriman Police Department Facebook.

    The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance and treated for the injuries sustained during the robbery. Money and other items were taken from the store.

  • Moonwalker joining undersea professors

    Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, will be among the guests appearing this fall on Classroom Under the Sea, an online show hosted by two Roane State Community College educators living underwater for 73 days.

    He and another astronaut will talk about training under the sea for space missions.

    Roane State biology professor Bruce Cantrell and adjunct professor Jessica Fain will live and work in an underwater habitat from Oct. 3-Dec. 15.