Today's News

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Commission can still learn about high school plan

    During workshops with the Roane County Commission and Roane County Board of Education I’ve been amazed at the lack of understanding of the plan shown by some members of the County Commission.

    Just weeks before the most recent 11 to 2 vote against the plan, commissioners were still asking questions about the location of the school or how long would the students have to be on the bus.

    All these issues were discussed numerous times.

    Were the commissioners paying attention?

  • Roane Chamber Banquet coming to Noah’s Event Center on April 12

    The 2019 Roane Chamber Banquet and Leadership Roane County graduation is quickly approaching. Tickets and sponsorships are already available.

    This year’s event is 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Noah’s Event Center. Tickets are $100 each. Tables of 10 are available for $1,000.

    Don’t miss the chance to join this unforgettable evening celebrating the achievements of Chamber members as well as the Leadership Roane County Class of 2019.

    Last year, tickets sold out prior to the event, and they’re projected to do the same this year.

  • Master Gardeners hold gardening program March 9

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present a program called “Successful Home Gardening and Rain Barrel Creation and Use” at the UT Extension Office in Harriman from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

    This workshop will provide the basic elements as well as the latest trends to make a home garden the talk of the neighborhood. Dr. Sue Hamilton, professor and director of the University of Tennessee Gardens, will teach the basics of gardening success, garden design and the use of color, the latest gardening trends, and the newest plants on the market.

  • Harriman enters agreement to develop ADA plan

    By Richard Evans

    On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Harriman City Council entered into an agreement with Community Development Partners to develop a plan for the city to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation now requires each municipality to have a plan in place to address compliance with ADA standards, said city manager Kevin Helms.

    Failure to have a plan in place would mean being ineligible for state and federal grants, he added.

  • Lee plans to repeal taxes on gym memberships in fiscal year 2020

    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced his plans to repeal the amusement tax on gym memberships in his upcoming budget.

    “I’m pleased to be able to include a tax cut in my first budget,” said Lee.

    “Repealing the gym tax is an important step in reducing the burdens on small businesses in our state.”

    The nearly 10 percent amusement tax is placed on memberships to gyms, fitness centers and health clubs and disproportionately impacts small business owners.

  • VECustomers Share awards $2,918 in Roane

    VECustomers Share program awarded $2,918 grants to Roane County organizations in February.

    Local groups receiving grants include Roane County Knights Lacrosse ($200), Roane County Lady Knights ($200), Midway High School Drama Club ($300), Midway Softball Club ($1,050), and Midway Future Farmers of America and Greenhouse Committee ($1,168).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • Y-12 reaches goal on refurbishing strategic nuclear weapon system

    The Y-12 National Security Complex completed a major milestone in efforts to refurbish components for a strategic nuclear weapons system that is vital to the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

    The first production unit for the B61-12 was certified at Y-12 on Dec. 6, 2018.

    This work is part of the B61 Life Extension Program (LEP). The B61 is a nuclear bomb that can be carried on several types of military aircraft.

    The B61 LEP will extend the life of this strategic weapon for 20 years.

  • Blue Springs Boat Company best in show

    The 2019 “Best in Show” winner at this year’s Downtown Knoxville Boat Show was Blue Springs Boat Company of Kingston.

    Blue Springs Boat Company specializes in Bennington pontoon boats and was recognized for having the best display in the event.

    This is a true accomplishment considering the other dealers and brands that were on display at the show.

    The Downtown Knoxville Boat Show was held Feb. 14-17.

    This annual event hosts 17 boat dealers from all over East Tennessee.


    The 2018 Roane Alliance Annual Report will be released this week.

    The report provides details on the impact the Alliance, which serves as the umbrella over the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Roane County, made in Roane County in 2018.

    The Alliance became official in 2001 and nearly two decades later the 2018 report shows the organization is as strong as ever and still making an impact, according to Interim President Pam May.

  • Delbert McClinton brings blues to the Princess on March 16

    By Richard Evans

    Blues legend Delbert McClinton will make his return to the Historic Princess Theatre in Harriman Saturday, March 16.

    The show starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $39 and reserved premium tickets are $50.

    A native of Texas, McClinton was born in Lubbock, the same musical hotbed that produced Buddy Holly and Mac Davis.

    His musical influences were rhythm and blues, Tejano and western swing.

    At age 11, his family moved east to Fort Worth where he started his career in music.