Today's News

  • Flurry of activity behind the scenes of Roane Habitat

    When most people think of Habitat for Humanity, they visualize people working on a house — framing, driving nails and lifting walls into position.

    “While that is certainly an important part of what we do, there is a lot of work behind the scenes for Habitat to complete its mission to build houses for those in need,” said Todd Fisher, president of Roane County Habitat for Humanity.

  • Beautifying Harriman one plant at a time

    Harriman Garden Club President Pat Ramsey and Vice President Jamie Russell take a break from working on the Kiwanis stone arches on Pansy Hill Road, which, at one time, marked the entrance to the city.

    Club members cleared the arches, planted shrubs and flowers, and mulched two sides in the organization’s effort to improve and beautify the city one plant at a time.

  • Gas $3 a gallon for 1,000-plus days

    The national average price of gasoline surpassed $3 per gallon on Tuesday for the 1,000th consecutive day for the first time on record, reported AAA.

    The current streak began on Dec. 23, 2010. AAA forecasts the national average will remain above $3 per gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.

    “Tennessee gas prices didn’t reach $3 a gallon on Feb. 18, 2011,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman for The Auto Club Group.

  • Rockwood crushes Meigs County, 47-6



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  • Rams overpower Devils


    The Grace Christian Academy Rams rolled past the Harriman Blue Devils 54-0 Friday night at Grace Christian. 

    On Grace's first play from scrimmage they scored on a 62-yard touchdown pass. The two point play was good to make the score to 8-0 with 11:33 to go in the opening quarter. 

  • Kingston no match for Alcoa, 70-13


    Friday night was a rough night for the Kingston Yellow Jackets as the Alcoa Tornadoes rolled into Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field and downed Brian Pankey’s squad, 70-13.

    Alcoa scored on each of their nine offensive possessions and once on special teams in picking up the win.

  • Korea War prompted Rockwood man’s first time away from home

    In 1950, a train left Rockwood heading north with some of the small city’s finest young men.
    “Oh yes, we rode on the train,” said Bill Kirby.  “The first time I ever been away from home.”
    “Uncle Sam needed me,” he explained. The Korean Conflict had begun.
    A  picture of the group shows a mixture of expressions — jovial smiles of boys that didn’t seem to fear the future, and others who appeared anxious, maybe even holding back tears.

  • Working meth labs found in Harriman

    A house on Old Roane Street in Harriman was put under quarantine and a woman was arrested last week after police said several “one-pot” meth labs were discovered there.
    Casey Mills, 19, is charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of methamphetamine.

    According to the warrant, police were dispatched to 1637 Old Roane Street after the landlord claimed he found a meth lab behind the storage building.
    Officer Brian D. Turner said he observed an odor commonly associated with meth-making when he stepped inside the house.

  • Exit 350 change reconsidered

    The state appears to be reconsidering its stance on proposed design changes to westbound Exit 350 on Interstate 40.
    The original change called for the elimination of a right merge lane toward Harriman.
    A red light has been approved at the intersection, but plans to eliminate a right lane that merges onto Pine Ridge Road heading to Harriman proper didn’t make sense to many people.
    “The people are against doing that, just like we are,” said Harriman Councilman Lonnie Wright.

  • Feathered meth victim finds home