Today's News

  • Harriman Happenings: Dec. 23

    Last Saturday evening, Gloria Ward, Marie Frazier, Carolyn Clemmons, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams and Louise Warmley attended the retirement banquet for Pastor Harold Middlebrook, who is retiring from Canaan Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    About 350 guests attended the banquet.

    The Rev. William Caldwell from Clinton and the Rev. Rusty Flemmons from New York City roasted Pastor Middlebrook. Melvin Kimbrow from “I Won’t Complain” in Cleveland, Ohio, attended.

    Afterward, dinner was served. This was a delicious dinner.

  • Christmas tree recycling starts up Jan. 6

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his department will offer Christmas tree recycling from Jan. 6-9 at the road department at 3072 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Ferguson said the success of last year’s event and the number of requests received so far prompted the decision.

    Trees will be recycled from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Wreaths and garland are also welcome, but brush is prohibited.

    The public is asked to remove all tinsel, lights and decorations before taking trees to be recycled.

    Call 882-9782 for details.

  • MMS splits with Greenback


    The Midway Middle School Green Waves picked up a nice win heading into Christmas break when they pounded Greenback, 50-29, Thursday at Midway. 

    The win pushed the Green Waves record to 6-7 with four more regular season games left.

  • Raiderettes shine in Christmas classic


    The Roane State Raiderettes weren’t good hosts last week at the 2013 Roane State Christmas Classic as Monica Boles squad knocked off Lincoln Trail College on Wednesday, 76-45, before downing Cincinnati State on Thursday, 83-72.

  • RMS sweeps Lenoir City


    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers hit the road and picked up a big sweep at Lenoir City Thursday night.

    In the girls game, the Lady Tigers took a 10-point lead into halftime, but had to fight and scratch down the stretch for a 41-38 victory over the Lady Panthers.

  • ’Cats, Devils split in middle school action


    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils and Oliver Springs Bobcats would split their final games before Christmas Thursday night at Oliver Springs.

    The girls was a nail-biter throughout and wasn’t decided until the Lady ’Cats put in a basket with one second left to pick up a 35-33 victory.

  • City looks at fines for false alarm repeaters

    Security alarm owners with repeated false alarms may see penalties in their future.

    For now, Rockwood tabled an ordinance that would require a permit for all alarm systems and charge a fine for those with excessive false security alarms.

    It could, however, come back at a future meeting.

    “We are having a lot of problems with folks setting off alarms and the police or fire departments has to respond and there is no problem,” said Mayor James Watts. “This ordinance is to hopefully deal with those folks setting off the alarms.”

  • TDOT revisits intersection

    The busy intersection of Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road was one of the problem areas Tennessee Department of Transportation staff took a look at when meeting with the public in Roane County last week.

    State Rep. Kent Calfee took the TDOT members to the intersection, which includes access to Walgreens and Pattersons Home Appliances.

    Steve Patterson, who regularly sees accidents from his storefront, also stopped by The Roane Alliance to discuss the intersection with TDOT representatives.

    They were aware of the issues, according to one TDOT official.

  • Rockwood steers clear on cold meds

    Rockwood won’t be joining the effort to regulate certain cold medicines.

    Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew recommended the city not pass such laws, which are aimed at making methamphetime ingredients harder to get.

    Leffew noted recent opinions by the state attorney general and Municipal Technical Advisory Service that such local laws were illegal.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who has medical professionals in her family, said she believes those who want to make the drug will find a way around any restrictions.

  • GUEST OPINION: Don’t worry Santa, ‘war’ on Christmas isn’t real


    First Amendment Center

    When I read that 52 percent of American adults say they believe in Santa Claus (according to a survey from Public Policy Polling), I wasn’t surprised to learn in the same poll that 42 percent also believe there is a “war on Christmas.”

    After all (spoiler alert), both are figments of the imagination.

    Belief in Santa, at least, perpetuates a spirit of joy and goodwill.