Today's News

  • New food, clothes outreach started

    Walnut Hill Baptist Church, Harriman, now offers food and clothing assistance.

    Faye Daniels, the community church’s outreach laywoman, decided to organize the activity that will be open for distribution from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday.

    “This is just something the Lord has laid on my heart for outreach,” she said. “I just wanted to be able to help the community. I know there are so many people out there in need.”

    She added, “If we see a need, we’ll do it another extra day.”

  • Jamboree set for Aug. 16

    The 2013 Roane County Football Jamboree will be played at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field in Kingston beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.
    There will be five quarters of action played starting with Oliver Springs’ 11-year-old team taking on Kingston.
    The final four quarters will feature area high school teams. First up will be Oneida vs. Cumberland County followed by a Roane County clash between Oliver Springs and Rockwood. Next will be Midway vs. Wartburg and the final quarter of the evening will see Kingston playing Harriman.

  • Moore’s computer picks Tigers, ’Cats

    One sign that football season is right around the corner in Tennessee is the release of Sonny Moore’s Computer Power Ratings.

  • Vintage base ball coming to Roane

    The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball (TAOVBB)is proud to bring vintage-era barehanded base ball (yes, two words) to East Tennessee for the 2014 season while observing the rules and customs of the 1860’s.
    In preparation for league expansion into East Tennessee for the 2014 season, TAOVBB will hold an exhibition scrimmage and hold team sign-ups at the Harriman campus of Roane State Community College on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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  • A year later, Rockwood sees financial progress

    Repeat problems are found in Rockwood’s 2012 fiscal audit, but the management had made drastic changes since city recorder Becky Ruppe took office.
    Ruppe said she plans to continue to see progress and told Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson as much when he recently visited the county.
    “I told him we want to be the example that things can be fixed,” Ruppe said.
    Mayor James Watts has said he suspects auditors will always make some discoveries, but that the majority of them have been fixed and will not appear in future audits.

  • Get hooked at 23rd Fishing Rodeo for Kids on Saturday

    Dennis Ferguson’s 23rd annual Fishing Rodeo for Kids will be on Aug. 10 at Roane County Park in Midtown.
    The annual event is free to ages 5-14. 
    “I love seeing parents that came to the rodeo when they were children and they are now bringing their children to fish,” Ferguson said.
    Registration starts at 8 a.m., and fishing will begin at 9. 
    The first 300 children will receive a T-shirt, cap, and prizes will be awarded.
    Lunch will be provided.


    When two pine trees needed to come down in the yard of her Midtown home, Doris Gladden knew what she wanted to do.

    She tracked down an artist who took the remains of the tree trunks and made them into art: two chainsaw-carved anchors in honor of her husband, Billy Lee Gladden, who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy.
    “People will stop in the road and take pictures of the anchor,” said Billy Lee.
    The two anchors were carved in November 2012, and Doris Gladden points to another tree that will eventually fall in the near future.

  • Past sex offenses not part of trial

    Jurors never heard about James Tiegs’ past convictions during his aggravated sexual battery trial last month in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Tiegs has convictions in Arizona for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children in the second degree. Prosecutor Bill Reedy said Tennessee law didn’t allow him to bring that up during the trial.

  • Pa. firm buys Rocky Top Markets for $37 million

    From staff reports
    A Pennsylvania-based company last week purchased Rocky Top Markets fuel stations in an almost-$37-million deal.
    Lehigh Gas Partners LP acquired 34 sites in the Knoxville region in an asset purchase agreement on Aug. 1, a  company release said.
    Under the $36.9 million deal, Lehigh purchased 30 stations and assumed or entered into leases for four additional stations.
    The company also entered into third-party supply contracts and purchased certain equipment and other assets at the sites as part of the deal.