Today's News

  • Road construction in state halted for holiday travelers

    Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

    No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 6 a.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, through 6 a.m. Jan. 2.

  • Roane State offers wilderness first responder course

    Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare and Safety Education Department is accepting sign-ups for its wilderness first responder course.

    The class, at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is designed for those who operate extensively in the outdoors, such as outdoors enthusiasts, wilderness guides, environmental educators and missionaries.

    The course will be Jan. 19-26.

    A refresher course for those who have already taken wilderness first responder is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb 2.

  • Rockwood star gets makeover

    Rockwood 2000 refurbished Rockwood’s “Star on the Mountain” this year.

    Bulb replacement was among the tasks taken up by the revitalization group.

    The star, which sits on a fire tower atop Mount Roosevelt, shines over the valley at Christmas.

    It has been a beacon of hope and faith for Rockwood since 1990 and has been lit for each holiday season since, as well as for special Rockwood and national events.

  • Temperance Bldg. gets holiday gift

    ’Tis the season for giving, and Harriman’s historic Temperance Building is among gift recipients this year.

    Harriman Temperance Restoration Committee received a donation in excess of $400 from Harriman Merchants Association.

    The gift was presented by Harriman Merchants Association President Kim Inman and Treasurer Nancy Jacoby to Mike Demyanovich, president of the restoration committee.

  • Christmas lights the way for club’s December beautification honorees

    The Harriman Garden Club recently presented its December Beautification Awards.

    Winning the residential award were Chuck and Wendy Flora at 399 Vernal St., Harriman. All have been invited to ride by to enjoy the fantastic displays of lights.

    Eddie’s Body Shop, at 514 Emory Drive, Harriman, is the recipient of the commercial December Beautification Award.

  • GUEST OPINION: Ho, ho or humbug — let’s celebrate our basic rights

    First Amendment Center
    ’Tis the season to be jolly and of good will, right?

    Responding to holiday cheer with a well-voiced “Bah” or “Humbug?”

    Well, it’s our right under the First Amendment to speak and write in ways that are naughty or nice.

    Let’s stick with that seasonal theme as we move from the Christmas season into resolutions and forecasts for the New Year, and consider the past year and what’s ahead.

  • Website aimed at schoolchildren’s parents

    The Tennessee School Boards Association has developed a site, MyTennesseePublicSchools.net, with the idea that parents shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for answers to questions they have about public schools.

    Information should be easy to find.  

    MyTennesseePublicSchools.net is a collection of resources and need-to-know information to help parents help their child rensucceed in public school.

  • Why no TVA funds for Midtown school?

    Roane County Schools’ $32 million building program didn’t include any projects at Midtown Elementary School.

    “They were in pretty good shape,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “There was no big needs there.”

    The $32 million building program was funded with money TVA made available to the county because of the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    More than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash spilled over 300 acres following an early morning dike failure on Dec. 22, 2008.

  • Reed: 18 kids, one host and varied cultures

    Alan Reed first volunteered as a host family when two college students needed a place to stay as they finished their degree programs at Roane State Community College.

    Coach Randy Nesbit asked Reed to consider it, and the Rockwood High School principal soon found he enjoyed learning about the young people and their countries, Croatia and the Bahamas.

    “Just sitting around and talking and finding out different things about their countries enthused me that would be really neat for our high school students,” he said.

  • International students at home in Rockwood:Rural living adjustment for Vienna’s Pochieser

    Moises Pedroza decided America would be a great place to become more fluent in English.

    The soft-spoken Colombian 16-year-old is attending Rockwood High School this year as an exchange student.

    “I chose this place because nobody speaks Spanish here,” Pedroza said. “In Colombia, English is very important for college work and jobs.”

    He’s staying with Rockwood High School Principal Alan Reed, who has hosted numerous exchange students, including Moises’ brother, Javier.