Today's News

  • Rockwood candidates face off

    By Richard Evans

    The candidates for Rockwood City Council and Mayor’s race appeared at the Rockwood 2000 forum Monday to meet voters and answer questions.

    The forum was held at the Rockwood Electric Utility building and was hosted by Rockwood 2000 with the help of the Rockwood Civitan Club. Jamie Jordan served as moderator.

    Incumbent councilman Robert “Bobby” Anderson was the first to speak.

  • Pretty, pretty pumpkins
  • Roane set to study metro gov

    The members of the Roane County Commission who represent the Harriman area are not supporting the effort to create an exploratory committee to study municipal consolidation.

    All three — Randy Ellis, Allen Hickman and Junior Hendrickson — voted against a resolution that called for one during Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting. However, the resolution still passed by an 11-4 vote.

  • Pirate Fest holds last weekend

    The Tennessee Pirate Fest has one more weekend, Oct 20-21, from 11-6 p.m. at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman.

    This weekend the professional live entertainment will include The Tortuga Twins (PG comedy show), Up Down Go (circus duo), and Blackbeard Simplified (interactive comedy). There will be live music by The CrossJacks (Pirate duo), Black Mass Hollow (Traditional/Celtic duo), and Vere Henry (steel drum). Entertainment schedules will be available online and at the gate.

  • Harriman not on board with metro government

    By Richard Evans

    The idea of metro government received a chilly, if not downright icy reception during the Harriman City Council workshop Tuesday evening.

    “We looked at this [metro government] back in 1999-2000 and it worked its way up through the early part of 2000s, seeing the benefits, the pros and cons, and I know at that time the council never did form a committee but they did their own research and study,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Trick or treat with Harriman Care residents

    There will be a Halloween celebration at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.

    The event will offer trick or treating from room to room for residents who wish to participate.

    “They [residents] love it. Last year, we had 152 trick or treaters. We were shocked because there was so much going on. We usually average around 100 trick or treaters,” said Connie Sheldon, activity director.

    She said about 50 residents participate on average.

  • County approves plans for Midway, OS schools

    The Roane County Commission took some action on the Board of Education’s building program Monday.

    It approved two of the projects over the objections of school officials.

    “We did not vote to send just the Midway and Oliver Springs project to you,” School Board Chairman Nadine Jackson told the Commission.

  • Kingston’s first female mayor dies in Nashville

    Ruby Luckey Fielden, a long- time fixture on the Kingston political scene, passed away last month at 94.

    Known to most as Ruby Luckey, she distinguished herself as the first woman mayor of Kingston.

    She served on Kingston City Council as well.

    She was also known for her involvement in many other civic projects including senior housing, walking trails and the World’s Fair Committee.

    “We were close friends from the first time I met her,” said Gerald Largen, former County Executive and columnist for the Roane County News.


    More than three dozen people are expected to testify during the ash spill worker trial. It looks like former TVA executive Anda Ray won’t be one of them.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton quashed her subpoena.

    Ray’s attorney, Ronald T. Hill, filed the motion to quash last week.

    Guyton announced his ruling after listening to arguments on the issue Monday.