Today's News

  • Initiative protects state’s water supply

    Tennessee has lots of water but it needs a plan to ensure that water is managed properly, according to state and Roane County officials who met in Kingston Friday to discuss such a plan.

    “We think the best way to protect Tennessee water is to plan,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian.

    The plan is called TN H2O.

    The initiative was launched in December 2017 and will include an assessment of current water resources, including surface and groundwater infrastructure and natural resources.

  • Harriman saving $100,000 in fire truck buy

    Harriman City Council approved purchasing a fire truck at a special called meeting last Tuesday, July 24.

    It was a last-minute opportunity to get the truck at a steal of a price and replace one of the two engines that are regularly being taken in for repairs.

    “This will be replacing our oldest engine that is 18 years old. It’s engine 2. It’s in the shop now having the engine replaced. After it is fixed it will be moved to a reserve truck,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels said.

  • Audition to take part in Pirate Fest

    Planning for the third annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway.

    The costumed family fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman.

    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21, rain or shine.

    This year’s Pirate Fest offers an escape to the fictional pirate town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800s.

  • Roane Farm Bureau chief in leadership session

    Roane County Farm Bureau President Travis Tilley recently attended the first-ever Tennessee Farm Bureau County Presidents Leadership Investment meeting at the organization’s state headquarters in Columbia.

    Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken congratulated each president on their achievement and challenged them to get out of their comfort zone in engaging others.

    “Our county presidents play an integral role in shaping the future of Farm Bureau and agriculture in their counties,” he said.

  • Jobless rate up all over Tenn.

    The unemployment rate for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties increased in June, according to data released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    In Roane County, the unemployment rate ticked up 1.4 percent to end June at 4.8 percent. That’s 0.1 percent higher than in June 2017.

  • Roane State showcases manufacturing

    Representatives of major manufacturers in the region recently received close-up looks at the latest manufacturing technologies and Roane State’s role in teaching the next generation of high-tech industry workers.

    The officials were given an overview of the college’s mechatronics program that’s part of the Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, located in a former National Guard Armory on Nave Street.

  • DOE workers welcome to ice cream social reunion

    U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Facilities workers employed between 1943-2000 are welcome to recoonect with friends and fellow X-10, Y-12 and K-25 workers during an upcoming ice-cream soical reunion.

    Cold War Patriots, a community resource organization that is among the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host the event from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Man accused of trying to kill 3

    A 60-year-old man is accused of setting fire to a house on Mountain View Road Wednesday afternoon.

    James Franklin Latham is charged with aggravated arson and three counts of attempted murder in the incident.

    “When officer (Jason) Joseph arrived on scene, he hears some women screaming and locates this guy with gasoline and a lighter, and he’s trying to set the place on fire,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “The front porch and the handicap ramp to the house was on fire and flaming.”

  • Early voting winds down

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election is almost over.

    Roane County’s four early voting sites will be open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    “They can vote at any early voting site right now regardless of where they live,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “On Election Day they can only vote at their designated precinct.”

    Early voting locations are Kingston Community Center, Harriman Community Center, Rockwood Community Center and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.