Today's News

  • Need to motivate your team?

    If a leader is responsible for performance — and motivation is correlated to performance — is a leader responsible for motivation?

    Hear Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Eric M. Benson give his take on the question during the Roane County Employers Association luncheon.

    The luncheon presentation, “A Leader’s Role in Motivating Teams and Individuals,” will be on Oct. 9.


    Located in what was previously a medical office next to the McDonald’s on North Kentucky Street in Kingston, Taylor Motor Co. doesn’t look like a typical car dealership.

    Although owner Jason Taylor has decades of experience working at traditional car dealerships such as Jerry Duncan Ford in Harriman where he was sales manager, he doesn’t want to operate a typical car dealership.

    “My business style is very personable, very laid back,” he said.

  • Pair represents Roane County at training event

    Representatives from Roane County went to Orlando, Fla., to join nearly 2,000 substance-use prevention and treatment specialists from around the world for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute.

    Some of the coalition’s youth members participated in Youth Leadership sessions and training events to help them become strong community leaders and change agents.

    “I feel like I can use the information I learned to make a difference in my school,” said Blake Garrett.

  • Harriman’s Princess Theatre on Tennessee Music Pathways

    Harriman’s Princess Theatre has been named one of the first 200 destinations on the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s Tennessee Music Pathways program, according to the Roane County Visitors Bureau.

    “We were so excited to get the news that the Princess Theatre would be one of the first points of interest on the State’s new music trail,” said Sam Jones Ledford, marketing and tourism coordinator for the Roane Alliance.

  • Habitats for Hounds aims to keep outdoor pets warm this winter

    The Roane County Animal Shelter/Animal Control invites the public to help provide for the outdoor pets in need to stay warm and dry this winter.

    “Lots of our welfare checks, especially during the winter months, are concerning insufficient shelter, food and water for outdoor pets,” said Stacey McElhaney, s helter director.

    Supplies needed for donation are dog houses, both new and used that are in good condition; pine/cedar shavings for bedding; food and water bowls; and new 5-gallon buckets.

    Donation items can be dropped off at:

  • Red Shoes and Rosin key it up to open Music Club season

    Popular string band Red Shoes and Rosin entertained the Harriman Music Club with a cheerful set of melodies at the club’s first program of the 2018-2019 season.

    The beautiful musical performance, which was moved from the David Webb Riverfront Park gazebo because of weather concerns, filled the West Hills Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, where members also feasted on a delicious potluck.

  • TVA troubles pitches Harriman, OR in the dark

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board’s service area went dark early Thursday evening because of problems at TVA.

    Officials with TVA said a cross arm at a TVA transmission structure broke at approximately 7:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 20, impacting areas in Harriman and Oak Ridge.

    Crews restored power to some areas within 30 minutes and to all affected areas by 8:58 p.m.

    TVA’s transmission personnel are making repairs to the broken structure and work should be completed this weekend.

  • 2018 Hauntings to take personal spin

    Eerie experiences in historic Harriman promise to send a shiver down visitors’ spines — and they may even experience a haunting themselves at this year’s Hauntings of Historic Harriman Ghost Tours.

    “I want them to have the feeling before they even take a step toward the tour that they might get to experience a haunting tonight,” said Renka Santos, who is chairing this year’s annual event for the Cornstalk Heights Historic District.

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  • School system to buy Midtown land

    School officials said they will have an answer now when someone asks about the location of a new high school they are planning to build.

    “It’s so much easier when you’re presenting a plan to a funding body to say we have the property,” Roane County Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said during last week’s Board of Education meeting.

    During that meeting, the board voted 9-1 to purchase land for the school. The property is located on Hwy. 70 across from Roane County Park.