Today's News

  • Man charged for church threats arrested again

    The man who threatened to blow up a Harriman church last summer has been arrested again.

    Harriman police charged James Lombardo with disorderly conduct in a Jan. 28 incident.

    According to the warrant, Sgt. James Wadsworth was dispatched to 182 State St., to conduct a welfare check on Lombardo.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Fiction appears to imitate truth

    I’ve always believed the best way to understand what is going on is to hear it from different perspectives. That’s why I like to listen to different news sources.

    The differences between outlets such as ABC, CBS NBC and CNN used to be subtle, but if you listened close you might pick up a fact here or there that one of the other outlets missed.

    Lately, however, it amazes me how different teams of professional journalists can view the same event through such different perspectives.


    A new partnership will allow a longtime Kingston orthodontist to expand on the quality care he’d given for decades.

    Dr. L.R. Fuqua Jr., a Kingston orthodontist specialist for the past 40 years, has merged his practice with Pryse Orthodontics in Anderson County.

    Pryse Orthodontics is a specialty practice owned by Dr. John Pryse since 1977.

  • Unemployment falling in Roane

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate decrease from 3.8 to 3.6 percent from November to December 2017, a .2 percent decline.

    Of the county’s 23,070 workforce, 22,230 were employed.

    County unemployment rates released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the state’s 95 counties during December 2017.

    The latest statistics also highlight how each county had significantly lower unemployment compared to one year ago.

  • VEC helps Midway High programs

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in January.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway High School Band Boosters ($500.00), Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500.00), Midway High Bass Club ($500.00), and Roane County Robotics Team ($1,250.00).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.1 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Shoney’s has all you can eat and so much more

    I hope readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles have not concluded that I have quit writing them. My most recent article was published on Dec. 11, 2017.

    Due to enjoying many of our out-of-state grandchildren, and great-grandchildren visiting us during the holidays, plus a long business trip to the Tupelo Furniture Market in early January, I’m now trying to get back on a regular writing schedule.

    I began working on this “Out To Lunch” adventure at Shoney’s in Harriman, on Dec. 19, 2017.

  • O’Shell spells Victory

    Mary Ann and Jason O’Shell have double the reason to celebrate at the regional spelling bee March 17 at the Cox Auditorium on the University of Tennessee campus.

    Both their children, 10-year-old Ethan O’Shell and 13-year-old Olivia O’Shell will be competing against each other and many others in the regional spelling bee to win and go to the national competition.

    They are ready to face off if it comes down to the two of them.

    “I’m not going to let her win. I’m not going down without a fight,” said Ethan.

  • Law may cost schools

    A state law could hurt Roane County Schools financially.

    “We have some very big concerns,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

    The law, identified by the school system as Public Chapter 504, has been in effect for more than two-and-a-half years. The board unanimously passed a resolution last month urging the General Assembly to review the effects of the law.

  • Flu, cold and other woes

    Roane County School officials are hopeful that the worst has passed with regards to the flu and other illnesses keeping many students, faculty and staff home.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said they have been watching the issue and saw a reduction in absences on Thursday compared to earlier in the week and was hopeful Friday would see numbers continue to drop.

    “I’m really hopeful we’ve turned a corner,“ Watkins said.