Today's News

  • Harriman Christmas parade set to music

    This year’s Harriman Christmas parade promises to get people into the season of cheer, and organizers hope some changes will help capture that spirit even more so.

    Each float in the Dec. 1 parade must have a Christmas song theme.

    “I want this to be a parade people enjoy coming to and something special,” said Harriman Special Events and Public Relations Coordinator Rebecca Schwepfinger. “I think that is why people come to a Christmas parade is to get in that holiday spirit.”

  • Record-setting election heads for the records

    The Roane County Election Commission is planning to meet Monday, Nov. 28, to certify the results of last week’s election.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he doesn’t expect any of the losing candidates to contest the results.

    “We didn’t have any races that were real close,” he said.

    In the Kingston City Council race, Norman Sugarman finished 182 votes behind third-place finisher Stephanie Wright, according to unofficial returns. The top three vote-getters earned the council seats.


    Gov. Bill Haslam has declared a regional ban on burning in Roane and 50 other Tennessee counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout East and Middle Tennessee.

    Residents in Roane and other counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning.

    The ban includes campfires and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris.

    The ban will remain in effect until Dec. 15.

  • Breathe easier by staying indoors

    As smoke from several wildfires moves across the state, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents there is an increased risk for a range of health effects, particularly for those with existing respiratory problems, pregnant women, the elderly and young children.

    “Area hospitals are already seeing people affected by the smoke, so we urge residents to stay indoors when and where possible, and to do all they can to reduce their exposure to smoke,” said Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Curmudgeon’s perception of election results

    Gentle reader, the quadrennial presidential election is finally over, and barring some catastrophe, Donald J. Trump will take the oath, and enter upon the office of our president come 20 January, 2017.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane ready to help kids in need

    Earlier this week, I described the most recent meeting of the Leadership Roane County Class of 2017.

    The class was focused on social services. I described the organizations and programs that help out seniors in need.

    In addition to the elderly, another important group that often requires assistance are the children of Roane County and families in general.

    The needs of our youngest and most vulnerable can fall through the cracks when parents are not providing the support and guidance their children require.

  • Roane County teams realigned into new districts, regions

    It's official. The TSSAA has determined the 2017-21 regions for football and districts for all other sports; however, appeals can be made during Thursday's Board of Control meeting.
    In Region 1A, Greenback  joins Cloudland, Hancock County and Unaka and replaces Concord Christian which chose to move into Division II with the other private schools. All four teams will qualify for the playoffs.
    Coalfield, Harriman, Jellico, Midway, Oakdale, Oliver Springs and Sunbright are in Region 2A; however, Jellico is appealing the move.

  • Cherokee Middle School takes two games from HMS

    The Cherokee Lady Jackets and Jackets middle school basketball teams swept a pair of games from visiting Harriman Monday night in a county match-up, as the Lady Jackets won 30-18 and the Yellow Jackets won 43-28.
    Cherokee 30, HMS 18:  The Lady Jackets used a quick start to pick up the win over the Lady Devils. CMS has been able to put up points in a hurry, which is not always the case in early season games, while the Lady Devils have struggled putting up points in their two games this season. Look for both teams to keep improving as the year progresses.

  • OSMS, LCMS split a pair of contests Monday

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats split a pair of basketball games with the Lenoir City Panthers, with the Lady ‘Cats falling victim in a 38-33 loss; however, the Bobcats extracted revenge in the form of a resounding 49-31 drubbing of the Panthers.
    LCMS 38, OSMS 33: The defeat proved to be a bitter pill to swallow for the OSMS Lady Bobcats, as the lost a 5-point lead in the final period to find themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard.