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Local News

  • Girl Scouts need help

    A shortage of adult volunteers has prompted the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians to  invite adult volunteers to apply for a role within Roane County’s network of active troops.
    The council said girls who want to become part of a troop within Roane County are on waiting lists because of a lack of volunteers.
    Volunteers don’t have to be mothers of scouts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Right-wing Republicans have their cruz to bear

    Here’s how we began last week’s column:
    Gentle reader, as we write this the world is agog with anticipation as to how long the federal government will be partially shut down, and even more importantly whether the limitation of federal debt that may be incurred is increased and, if so, how much and under what conditions.
    We hope that by the time this writing is published both these conundra will have been successfully, and, more importantly, wisely resolved, but as far as we can see, this is unlikely.

  • Accident closes traffic on I-40

     

    Interstate 40 westbound was closed at mile marker 343 Thursday afternoon due to a one-vehicle accident.

  • Collecting for a cause

    Bill Wimmer with the Harriman Lions Club participates in the Lions Club White Cane Days fundraiser by collecting donations last week outside Food City in Harriman. The money goes on to Lions Club International to help fight blindness worldwide.

  • Kingston Elementary holds literacy fair
  • Harriman takes step to slow meth

    Users of certain cold and allergy products products may soon need prescriptions to purchase them in the city of Harriman.
    The city approved first reading of an ordinance that would restrict the sales of medicines with ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, joining other cities in following suit to remedy what local officials call a failure of state and federal governments to act.
    “They tried to do this in Washington and Nashville and the other state legislatures, and they won’t touch it because of the lobbyists that come forward,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Sex offender McCarroll cannot vote

    The Roane County Election Commission does not have to allow convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll to register to vote.

    McCarroll sought a court order to require the commission to allow him to vote, but Chancellor Frank V. Williams III denied his petition on Tuesday.
    “I agree with what opposing counsel has said regarding the law,” Williams said.
    McCarroll was indicted on 648 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in 2002 for child pornography images in his possession.

  • Wealthier than whom?

    Out of 136 school systems in Tennessee, Roane County is considered the 14th wealthiest, according to the state’s education funding formula. County Executive Ron Woody is high on the list of those who believe that doesn’t make sense.
    Because the high placement translates to proportionately lower state funding to Roane schools, Woody also wants the state to do something about it. 
    He’s sent a letter to the county’s legislative delegation and drafted a resolution on the issue.

  • HUB hikes electric bill service fee

    Harriman Utility Board electric ratepayers will be paying $2 more on their customer charge, no matter how much electricty they use.
    HUB officials announced the decision in an insert in the utility bills last week.
    It said growing costs and TVA changing to a new wholesale rate structure, “made it necessary for HUB to revise its rate structure for our customers.”
    The residential rates reflected the additional $2 on the customer charge beginning Oct. 1, in addition to any changes TVA makes in the rates.

  • Citizens Academy participants practice shooting