Today's News

  • Grease said to cause blaze

    A grease fire was blamed for the destruction of a Harriman home late Friday night.

    Eszmone Patrick said his sister was putting on some chicken when the grease caused a fire at the 257 Morning Drive home.

    “Flames shot up everywhere,” said cousin Ayame Wright.

    Nobody was hurt in the fire, and the family was able to get their animals out.

  • HUB collects 2,550 food items for bank

    Harriman Utility Board employees are Hands of Mercy’s Souper Bowl Champs.

    Together they collected the most nonperishable food items in a challenge with other local companies, collecting around 2,550 items.

    “It means a lot to us to have your support. I hope we continue to do that,” said Sharon Pinner, executive director of Hands of Mercy.

    Human resource director Connie Voyles said the employees are always willing to help out if told about a good cause.

  • Ex-BOE member on budget panel?

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Earl Nall could be returning to county government.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is looking to add him to the County Commission’s Budget Committee.

    “Earl would be a good member,” Woody said.

    The Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session today – Monday – at the courthouse in Kingston. An agenda item listed under special orders ask the Commission to confirm Nall’s appointment to the budget committee.


    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks doesn’t like cases dragging through the system.

    “One thing about this court, we like to move cases,” Wicks told attorney Joseph Fanduzz on Friday. “We don’t like delay.”

    The penchant for moving cases along is why Fanduzz had a hard time convincing Wicks to delay Laura Buckingham’s April 3 trial. Fanduzz was ultimately successful, but the delay Wicks granted Friday could be the last one in the murder-for-hire case.

  • Manager retiring from HUB

    Four finalists are being considered for the position of the next general manager of Harriman Utility Board.

    General Manager Bill Young is retiring on May 25. The board is meeting in a workshop at 4 p.m. Monday for discussions about his successor.

    “We’ll be making a selection at our monthly board meeting the last Monday of the month,” HUB Chairman Buddy Bowers said.

  • Going with the Flo: How a village atheist became our greatest leader

    The first Republican Party was started by 30 anti-slavery Democrats who no longer felt at home in their own party because they were against slavery.

    In 1864, the Republican Party called for a Constitutional Amendment to permanently ban slavery. Abraham Lincoln ran on this anti-slavery platform and got elected.

    The Constitutional Amendment passed, and Lincoln signed it. He didn’t have to. No president ever had signed an amendment, but Lincoln wanted to sign it, because he wanted the world to know that he hated slavery and wanted it to end.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: What has Creswell got against our culture?

    Gentle Reader, by this time you doubtless know of the incipient revolution taking place in your county government.

    We have often heard of a proverbial tail wagging a proverbial dog. Well, our county has produced a multi-tailed dog to wag our little dog. However, we fear, it’s beginning to look more like the ancient goddess Medusa’s head with its multiple snakes.

  • Lots of questions on school plan

    For the past few weeks I’ve been urging everyone I meet to check out The Roane Alliance CEO Wade Creswell’s presentation on the K-14 initiative The Alliance is supporting.

    The presentation highlights negative trends, including decreasing population, increasing crime and drug abuse, that Roane County needs to change to improve quality of life.

    Education, specifically a K-14 education model tuned to the needs of the modern workforce, is a key element of the plan to change the culture.

  • TNComp handles contested filings

    The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation now uses an innovative new system that allows attorneys and self-represented litigants to file documents without printing copies or traveling to Bureau offices across the state.
    The new TNComp electronic filing system allows all parties to file contested case pleadings in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

  • Doggone Clean Pup

    Lady Bird gets ready to make her spring debut with a bath given by Ezra Marks last week at the KleanCar dog wash room in Rockwood. The self-service dog wash is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Two types of shampoo and conditioner, as well as dryers are available in the climate-controlled indoor facility; however, dog washers may bring in Fido’s favorite shampoos and towels to use during bath time. A deskunking treatment is also available for canines unfortunate to cross paths with one of nature’s smelliest beasts. KleanCar dog wash room is at 715 N. Gateway Ave.