Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If Trump has no respect for office, why should we?

    Gentle Reader: Sad to say, I must start this column as I did last week, with the recognition of the death of a lovely lady. I am not sure if Minnie Love was born in Emory Gap, but she was living there from my first memories, and if memory serves aright, she was one of my customers when I became a newspaper delivery boy for the old Knoxville Journal.

  • Bournemouth residents still waiting

    The Roane County Commission has yet to take action on a recommendation to add Bournemouth Drive to the county road list.

    That’s because a resolution calling for such has yet to appear on the Commission agenda.

    “We’re just trying to dot our I’s and cross our T’s before we send this to full commission,” Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said. “We want to have everything right.”

    Bournemouth Drive is a dirt and gravel road. Deep ruts make driving on it a challenge.

  • Devil offense still has some gas left in the tank

    By Melissa Coley


    With less than a month before the bright lights and the big hits made their way onto the football fields of Roane County, the pre-season scrimmages began. Monday evening, the Blue Devils of Harriman High School hosted the Wildcats from Monterey High School out of Putnam County.

    Both teams worked on their offensive and defensive schemes as Harriman showed early signs of a strong running game but struggled inside the red zone.

  • Bobcat defense stays strong against Bears

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats hosted the Tellico Plains Bears Monday evening in O.S.

    Although it was the first scrimmage of the summer, the Bobcat defense was already showing signs of being close to midseason form.

    “I liked our effort and our hustle,” Bobcat Coach Larry Green said, “I saw some positive things.

    “But we have to score when get to the redzone.”

    Oliver Springs allowed only one touchdown and even outscored their own offense.


    A searing letter by Roane County’s top prosecutor hasn’t changed TVA’s stance about the work it did cleaning up the ash spill.

    “TVA committed to leaving the Kingston Ash Spill site as good as or better than before the spill and we met our commitment,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said Monday.

  • Police: Arrested man took his meth to jail

    Harriman police allegedly found methamphetamine on a Harriman man after taking him to the Roane County Jail Thursday afternoon.

    Scotty T. Bryant, 25, of 806 Trenton St., was taken into custody after police responded to a disturbance call outside the Regions Bank in Harriman.

    Harriman Police Sgt. John Paul Jones found Clifford Willis, who had left his residence after Bryant allegedly threatened him and was throwing things at their home.

  • On the move to Rockwood?

    New Rockwood water and sewer customers will be paying more to hook up.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas raised its water and sewer tap fees effective July 1.

    “It was based on the actual costs associated with the tap installation,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The tap fees were raised about 5 percent. They were last adjusted in January 2016.

    Rockwood City Councilman Dudley Evans said the fees are still some of the lowest in the area.

  • Feds to hand down meth sentencing today

    Drug addiction is a major reason why a Roane County woman faces sentencing today – Wednesday – in federal court, according to her attorney.

    “The defendant’s life has frankly become unhinged due to substance abuse,” attorney Mark E. Brown wrote about Amanda Wells in a sentencing memorandum.

    Wells, 317 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute meth. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, but could receive more time depending on what U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves decides.

  • State awards funds to aid in Temperance Bldg. repairs

    Harriman was recently awarded a grant for the historic Temperance Building.

    The grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission is around $30,000 and will include an estimated $20,000 match.

    “The first part of the process calls for a civil engineer to come in and access the structure and prioritize structural issues so we can begin addressing them,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    There may be a small amount of money left afterward to go toward addressing fixing the issues.

  • FEMA grant to help Rockwood Fire Dept.

    Rockwood Fire Department is getting some new self-contained breathing apparatus thanks to a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

    “This will replace all our self contained breathing apparatus,” said Chief Matt Crabtree.

    The award is $142,812 in grant and a match of $71,040. It will replace 26 packs.

    “We are just glad we got it,” Crabtree told Rockwood City Council late last month.

    The department’s packs are getting old, and they are expensive to replace.