Today's News

  • Rocky Houston wants a lawyer, after all

    After months of representing himself, Rocky Houston is ready to call it quits.

    He filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week asking for an attorney.

    “I, Rocky Joe Houston, is requesting the appointment of a competent legal counsel representative free from conflict of interest to represent me
    on said criminal charges,” he wrote in the motion.

    Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

  • Business Briefs

    • B&W Y-12 recently donated $2,500 to Camp Tanasi, the Girl Scout camp near Andersonville on Norris Lake.

    The contribution will help fund the summer program.

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected Restoration Services Inc. of Oak Ridge as 2013 Region  IV Subcontractor of the Year in recognition for their hard work, innovative  ideas and dedication to the community.

  • Harriman slated to finalize budget with no new taxes

    Harriman will likely finalize its 2014 fiscal budget on second reading Tuesday.

    Harriman City Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. following the fire board meeting.

    The proposed budget, which includes no proposed property tax increase, has general fund revenue of $7.5 million and appropriations of $7.2 million.

    Unappropriated fund balance is $210,110, with a total unassigned fund balance of $834,272.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of July 12 on Pansy Hill Road in Roane County.

    Another checkpoint will be the week of July 26 on Fiske Heights Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • New TVA credit union now open

    TVA Employees Credit Union opened its newly constructed branch in mid-June with a week of giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The new facilities are at 1916 Roane State Hwy., in the Midtown area of Harriman.

    Hours are from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8 :30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Kingston revved up for holiday boat races

    The long wait is nearly over.

    Anticipation is high as Kingston Parks and Recreation officials work this week to bring popular powerboat races back to the city’s waterfront for the first time in almost two decades.

    The American Powerboat Association will have its Pro Class national championship races at Fort Southwest Point, with trials beginning Monday July 1, and racing heats to follow July 2-4.

  • America’s pastime
  • Sand Gnats win Harriman title
  • Dixie Youth tourneys set for busy week

    Greenback, Tellico Plains, Spring City and Tellico Plains will all be hopping this week, as all will be hosting Dixie Youth district tournaments at some point over the next five days.
    Greenback and Tellico Plains will be busy early in the week, as the Dixie Youth District 8 A and AA tournaments are set to conclude. Both tournaments started Friday and are set to conclude on Tuesday. Both tournaments, however, are round robin tournaments with five teams participating, and both could run into Wednesday if there any ties that need broken.

  • Pub quest continues with beer board

    Roma L. Christopher isn’t giving up her quest for a beer permit. She re-filed her application last week. 
    Christopher, who wants to sell beer at the Grill & Pub under a different name, appeared before the Roane County Beer Board on June 11. Chairman Copper Bacon got no response from the other four members when he asked for a motion to hear Christopher’s application.  
    “The board is not going to listen to your application,” Bacon told Christopher.
    She asked for an explanation, but wasn’t given one.