Today's News

  • New look for hunting/fishing license

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    A new design featuring waterfowl and a retriever is now one of the choices available on a hard-copy hunting and fishing license from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

    Beginning in 2017 when purchasing their licenses, sportsmen had the opportunity to purchase a hard-copy collector’s item. The new addition is created from a painting by Tennessee artist Phillip Crowe, who has dedicated his time and art to organizations who care about wildlife.

  • Roane State hoops camp success

    A Roane County jury believes a man accused of shooting his estranged wife on March 21, 2015, acted in self defense.

    Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, known as Alex, didn't get off scot-free, but he and his defense were visibly relieved when a jury found him not guilty of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault for shooting and seriously injuring his then-wife Jenny.

  • Bowers teachers blue?

    Results from the 2018 Tennessee Educator Survey were released last week. According to the results posted by the Tennessee Department of Education, 79 percent of Roane County teachers participated in the survey.

    “The Tennessee Educator Survey is an effort to deepen state, district, and school level policymakers’ understanding of the perspectives held by school-level educators on the issues affecting classrooms and schools,” the state explains about the survey.

  • Initiative protects state’s water supply

    Tennessee has lots of water but it needs a plan to ensure that water is managed properly, according to state and Roane County officials who met in Kingston Friday to discuss such a plan.

    “We think the best way to protect Tennessee water is to plan,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian.

    The plan is called TN H2O.

    The initiative was launched in December 2017 and will include an assessment of current water resources, including surface and groundwater infrastructure and natural resources.

  • Harriman saving $100,000 in fire truck buy

    Harriman City Council approved purchasing a fire truck at a special called meeting last Tuesday, July 24.

    It was a last-minute opportunity to get the truck at a steal of a price and replace one of the two engines that are regularly being taken in for repairs.

    “This will be replacing our oldest engine that is 18 years old. It’s engine 2. It’s in the shop now having the engine replaced. After it is fixed it will be moved to a reserve truck,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels said.

  • Audition to take part in Pirate Fest

    Planning for the third annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway.

    The costumed family fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman.

    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21, rain or shine.

    This year’s Pirate Fest offers an escape to the fictional pirate town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800s.

  • Roane Farm Bureau chief in leadership session

    Roane County Farm Bureau President Travis Tilley recently attended the first-ever Tennessee Farm Bureau County Presidents Leadership Investment meeting at the organization’s state headquarters in Columbia.

    Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken congratulated each president on their achievement and challenged them to get out of their comfort zone in engaging others.

    “Our county presidents play an integral role in shaping the future of Farm Bureau and agriculture in their counties,” he said.

  • Jobless rate up all over Tenn.

    The unemployment rate for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties increased in June, according to data released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    In Roane County, the unemployment rate ticked up 1.4 percent to end June at 4.8 percent. That’s 0.1 percent higher than in June 2017.