Local News

  • Harriman may demo part of old hospital, sell others

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman is moving toward demolishing the old section of the former Harriman Hospital to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

    Mayor Wayne Best said the city is currently working on the environmental impact study.

    “That’s what we’re working on right now. We’ve got to get it done,” he said.

  • Pattersons Home Appliance founder dies at age of 94

    By Richard Evans

    Don Patterson, a longtime Harriman business owner, passed away Tuesday at Roane Medical Center.

    Patterson founded Patterson Home Appliances in Harriman in 1965 after working in Oak Ridge following World War II.

    He later passed the business over to his son Steve,and grandson Mark has now taken over leadership at the company.

    He was 94 years old. Funeral arrangements were pending as of press time.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: What will history say about us?

    By Mark Banker

    Do great men make history? Or do ordinary men take advantage of opportune, fleeting moments to bend history toward greatness?

    The gender-specific nature of these queries may be out of fashion in 2019. But our most thoughtful forebearers long pondered this age-old riddle.

  • Officials monitor sickness in schools

    Roane County Schools continues to monitor the sickness in its buildings.

    “We checked it last Thursday and we were at 94 percent attendance,” Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “For this time of year that’s really good.”

    Classes were cancelled for a few days last month because of sickness and weather. Aytes said buildings were cleaned during those days.

    “I think that’s made a difference,” he said.

    Aytes said they are still seeing some flu, but the numbers aren’t alarming.

  • Underground Railroad play set at Roane State

    Roane State Community College is commemorating Black History Month with two free theatrical showings of “Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad” at the O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    The first showing will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the second showing will be at 6 p.m.

    Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

    The production is presented by The WordPlayers, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) theatre company formed in 1995 by Christian theatre artists in Knoxville.

  • Tom Fuller Park work draws near

    By Richard Evans

    Bid packets for the construction of a trailhead and greenway at Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood are expected to be sent out in March.

    Construction could begin this summer.

    The project, which will go roughly two miles from Pumphouse Road to U.S. 27, has been in the works since the grant was awarded in 2016, said City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “It’s taken some time but we’ve had to wait on the state,” she said.

  • Stockton named to state board

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

    “I’ll serve with dignity and honor,” Stockton said. “I think it was an honor to even get offered the position.”

    Stockton said he was appointed by former Gov. Bill Haslam before he left office.

    “I’ve already been sworn in and taken the oath of office,” Stockton said.


    By Richard Evans

    Teachers from Midtown and Bowers elementary schools received trauma informed training on Friday.

    “A trauma informed school is a school that focuses on students who are in our building that come from homes with trauma situations, which will affect their learning and will affect their behavior at school,” said Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown Elementary.

    She said trauma could include divorce, a death in the family or it could be some type of abuse taking place in the home.

  • Be mine, Valentine

    The entrance gate to the Swan Pond Sports Complex was closed this week.

    It could remain that way come spring.

    “It’s shut down during the winter anyway,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “What we’re trying to do is make sure we get all the sampling done, it get cleared so we can do spring soccer. That’s what everybody’s concerned about, but the only thing we can do is wait till the sampling is done to do that.”