Today's News

  • TDEC seeking environmental stewardship nominees

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    “Being good stewards of our state’s resources is part of what makes Tennessee the beautiful and remarkable place it is,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said.

    “These awards help show that we all can do our part, and I can’t wait to see the potential solutions that individual Tennesseans come up with.”

  • Mid-East holding AARP Smart Driver Course

    In need of a refresher course on driving? Want to update knowledge of the rules of the road? Is it time to update driver training? If the answer is “yes,” then the new and improved AARP Smart Driver Course is the right choice.

    The driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, each day at the Mid-East Community Action Agency Annex, located at 2305 N. Gateway Ave., Suite 8, Harriman.

  • Dotson starts prison sentence for son’s death

    Matthew Dotson was transferred to state custody last week.

    “Dotson is currently housed at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex,” Tennessee Department of Correction spokesman Robert Reburn said Monday.

    A Roane County jury sentenced Dotson to life in prison without parole on Feb. 2.

  • High school consolidation voted down

    The Roane County Board of Education’s plan to build a new consolidated high school was dealt another blow on Monday.

    A resolution that sought approval of the project was voted down by the Roane County Commission at the courthouse.

    “I just think it’s a day that’ll ring forever,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    “We had a chance, I thought, to move the county forward and they chose not to.”

    The County Commission meeting room was standing room only.

  • Fishing for his dreams in Florida

    Less than two years after finishing high school, Cameron Hardin is living his dream.

    Not in college, but in Destin, Fla., operating a charter boat fishing business.

    “We’re obviously excited,” father Dave Hardin said.

    “It’s exciting to have a Tennessee boy live his

    dream in salt water.”

    Cameron graduated from Roane County High School in 2017.

    The name of his fishing business is Cuttin’ Up Fishing.

  • Tennessee Medieval Faire holding auditions for street characters

    Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, invites you to travel back in time to celebrate the high Middle Ages with Robin Hood at the fifth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire. 

    This rugged outdoor festival will spring to life on Saturday, May 25, and run for three weekends, including Memorial Day.  The festival is located north of Harriman.

  • Roane Academy faces suit

    A woman is suing the operator of Roane Academy for alleged gender discrimination.

    Brittany Valdez, a resident of Rockwood, is seeking back pay, front pay, punitive damages and attorney fees. Her lawsuit against Youth Opportunity Investments, the operator of Roane Academy, was filed in federal court last month.

    “The plaintiff (Valdez) was discriminated against because of her sex,” the lawsuit alleges.

    Roane Academy is located on Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River to hold healthy hike

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a ranger-led healthy hike at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Join Ranger Rick Ryan for a moderate out and back hike of 2.6 miles total along the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail.

    The trail begins at the historic Nemo Bridge and ascends through a peaceful understory of winter evergreens embraced by the sounds of water resonating off the canyon walls, culminating in a sweeping overlook above the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers.

    Participants should meet at the Nemo picnic area.

  • Kingston to evaluate its compliance with ADA regulations, remedy them

    Maintaining compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will not be inexpensive, a consultant told the Kingston City Council Tuesday night.

    All the municipalities in Roane County that employ more than 50 people, including Kingston, will have to conduct an audit to evaluate ADA compliance, said Bryan Hill, Project Manager with Community Development Partners.

    “It’s for all the buildings that have public access,” Hill said.