Today's News

  • Diamond Academy wins BPA State Tournament
  • Season ends for Rockwood A All-Stars

    The 2013 Dixie Youth season came to an end for the Rockwood A All-Stars Monday evening, but the season ended on a high note as the Tigers knocked off Tellico Plains, 19-11, in the District 8 A Tournament at Tellico Plains.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 8

    My deepest sympathy is extended to Barbara West and family in the recent home going of her husband, Arthur Lee West.
    He passed Wednesday, June 26, at Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center.
    Arthur and Barbara had been married for 54 years and are parents of two children, one, Arthur Jr., deceased.
    Services were last Wednesday, July 3.
    Their family is in our prayers.

  • CHRISTMAS in July

    Christmas Lumber Co. opened its doors in 1926.
    It was a time of prosperity in Harriman, with a number of industries along the Emory River.
    That would change a few years later. A couple of devastating events, namely the flood of 1929 and the subsequent stock market crash that led to the Great Depression, wiped out a number of businesses.
    But Christmas Lumber, a family-owned and -operated business, weathered through it all with dedicated employees and customers.

  • Former Harriman basketball star arrested for theft

    Dimitrique Inman, a former standout basketball player at Harriman High School, was arrested for theft on July 3.
    Inman, 20, is scheduled to appear in court on the theft charge next month.
    Inman, of 210 Fritts Road, Oliver Springs, led Harriman to the District 3-A regular season and tournament titles in 2011.
    He averaged 17.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
    He was also named the District 3-A player of the year in 2011.
    The theft charge isn’t the first of Inman’s legal troubles.

  • State says decertify Roane jail

    The county’s latest jail inspection didn’t go any better than the one that occurred in May.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the jail inspector recommended the jail, open less than four years, be decertified.
    Stockton said the reason cited by the jail inspector last week was overcrowding.

  • Lawsuits for Pinnacle Point still on

    The ongoing litigation over the Pinnacle Pointe development sparked a passionate debate last week amongst Harriman councilmen and city attorney Harold Balcom.

    Councilman J.D. Sampson had put discussion about the litigation on last week’s City Council agenda with the intention of making a motion to approach developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan about mutually dropping their lawsuits.

  • Vote on budget set today

    Roane County Commission is set to vote today – Monday – on the county’s no-tax-increase budget.
    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.
    The county’s current property tax rate is $2.18 per $100 valuation. The Roane County Board of Education is requesting an increase of 14 cents to make up a $1.582 million shortfall. The commission’s budget committee is recommending that the tax rate remain at $2.18.

  • Blame it on the rain

    After a promising sunny launch to last week’s return of the boat races in Kingston, down came the rain and washed the town’s premier Fourth of July festivities out.
    While the holiday itself is a memory, officials still plan to celebrate Independence Day the Kingston way this Saturday.
    Music, children’s games,  food and craft vendors, a car show, watermelon-eating contest and the homemade raft race will be a daylong affair along Kingston’s waterfront, with the traditional fireworks show ending activities with a bang.

  • Rocky changes heart

    Twenty years ago. Maybe even longer.
    That’s how long Knoxville attorney John Eldridge said it’s been since he represented Leon Houston in a civil matter.
    “I didn’t know that,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said. “I apologize.”
    Shirley had asked Eldridge to come to the federal courthouse in Knoxville on Wednesday with the intention of appointing him to represent Leon Houston’s brother, Rocky, who faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.