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Today's News

  • Sign of things to come in Rockwood

    Roane County residents got the sign last week they were waiting for — the official signs at Rockwood’s Roane County Center designating one of its anchor stores as a Big Lots discount retailer.

    Officials with the Columbus, Ohio-based discount department store chain estimate the Rockwood store will open for customers on Oct. 29, just in time for Roane Countians to get in some holiday shopping without straying far from home.

  • DA opens review on Kirkham request

    Accusations about impropriety on the part of Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham were apparently serious enough to spark an investigation by District Attorney General Russell Johnson.
    County Attorney Tom McFarland told Kirkham in a letter last week that she was out of line for requesting raises for the five-member County Board of Equalization.  

  • Giant-scale radio-control plane meet this weekend

    The Tennessee Eagles Radio Control Club will have a giant-scale radio-control model airplane meet Sept. 11-12 on the Harriman field.
    The Sunday show will be open flying; everyone, regardless of the size of the plane, will be able to participate.
    Giant-scale planes are required to have a wingspan of 80 inches for monoplanes, 60 inches for biplanes, or be 1/4 scale.
    Admission and parking are free. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

  • Store fined for underage sales

    Harriman Beer Board divvied out a $1,500 fine to a convenience store that has been repeatedly busted for selling to minors in police stings.
    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said a clerk at Lee’s Food Market No. 5 sold to an underage undercover officer on Aug. 13. The clerk, Wanda Davis, was cited, and store representatives said she has been terminated.
    “The last sting we did in August, [Lee’s] was the only one that failed,” Heidle said.

  • Blue Devils top Waves, 35-20

    In a  closer game than some expected, the Harriman Blue Devils used a second half rally to pull away for a 35-20 victory over Midway.

    Midway had the game tied at 14 at halftime and came up inches short of taking the lead in the third quarter, but Harriman stopped Midway at the three-inch line and then turned the game around when they punched the ball out of the hole and scored on a 76-yard run by Dimitrique Inman. 

  • Rockwood falls at Greenback, 17-10

     Despite leading 10-7 at halftime, the Rockwood Tigers couldn’t overcome a powerful Greenback Cherokees ground game and fell to the ‘Kees, 17-10, Friday night at Cooper Field in Greenback.

  • Bobcats slam Eagles, 41-0

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats ran their season record to 2-0 Friday night with an impressive 41-0 victory over visiting Oakdale in a District 4-A contest at D.J. Brittan Field.

    Friday's performance wasn't perfect according to Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett, but the Bobcats did amass 314 yards of total offense while holding the Eagles to -2 yards on the night.

  • Kingston knocks off Highlanders, 21-12

    It might only be the first week of September, but the Kingston Yellow Jackets picked up a huge District 4-AA win Friday night with a 21-12 victory over Scott High at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

    Friday's win was anything but easy as the Jackets had to overcome a high-powered Highlander offense that rolled up 412 yards of total offense.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    By one of those curious coincidences that sometimes somewhat eerily occur, last Friday’s News had our column titled “Are we confronting a new age of ignorance,” while on the same page, in the “Our Readers Write” section, appeared a letter which just dovetailed with our thesis concerning the current plethora of ignorance in the populace at large, and in some elements who claim to know better.

  • New county officers sworn in

    The Circuit Courtroom at the Roane County Courthouse was packed with family, friends, county employees and officials on Wednesday.
    The occasion that brought people out was the swearing-in ceremony for officials who were elected in August.
    “I was sweating all over,” Sheriff Jack Stockton joked. “I didn’t know if (Ron) Woody was swearing me in or if I was swearing him in.”
    Woody, the new county executive, was the first to be sworn in, with Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks doing the honors.