Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Most Americans protective of 1st Amendment

    First Amendment Center
    Americans once again don’t run up big positive numbers in an annual First Amendment Center survey when it comes to being able to name all five freedoms in the opening 45 words of the Bill of Rights.

    But once reminded of “religion, speech, press, assembly and petition,” they do have some strong opinions about how those freedoms ought to work.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Democratic primary candidates considered

    Time flies when you’re having fun, if we may coin a phrase.

    Here it is, well into the popular “early voting’” season, and we have only covered about one-half of the choices to be made as we enter the voting place.

    Last week, if you recall, we discussed the Republican candidates for the Third District House of Representatives seat, based upon the candidates’ appearance at the Tea Party forum.

    But, we have not said anything about the Democratic candidates for that position.

  • Morgan swears threat happened

    Roane County property assessor candidate David Morgan insists he’s telling the truth about an alleged incident that happened near the courthouse on July 13.

    Morgan called 911 at 3:13 p.m. on July 13 and said incumbent property assessor Teresa Kirkham threatened to whip his (expletive) if he mentioned her name again.

    Morgan said his campaign volunteer, Mike Elmore, was standing beside him when Kirkham allegedly made her threat.

    Elmore vouched for Morgan’s story.  

  • Billie Cox Hale dies

    One of South Harriman’s most passionate historians is now a rich part of the history she so lovingly shared.

    Billie Cox Hale, who often wrote a column on the people of South Harriman, died on Tuesday, July 17, at University of Tennessee Medical Center. The former Harriman native, who was a member of Harriman Christian Church, had been living in Sweetwater.

  • Jackets, Tigers compete in passing league

    It’s still a couple of weeks before high school teams across the state can officially practice in pads, but the Rockwood Tigers and Kingston Yellow Jackets were working on their passing game earlier this week in the 2012 Air Attack Passing League at Webb School of Knoxville.

  • AA Jackets headed to World Series

    Powhatan, Va.

  • Property Transfers: April 26-May 22, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse April 26-May 22:

    From Arnold M. Weiss, Jonathan J. Combs and Jacqueline K. Combs to Federal National Mortgage Association by trustee’s deed, Dist. 5, Post Oak Road/Harbin Road, $0.

    From Nancy E. Lacroix and Suzette L. Lacroix to David C. Loucks by warranty deed, Dist. 4, Lake Harbor, Lot 108, $261,000.

  • Mid-East taking applications for energy assistance

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is now accepting applications for those needing help paying energy costs.

    Applicants must be responsible for paying their own energy costs.

    Applications are available online at www.mecaa.net.

    They may also be picked up at the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood. Office hours are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:15 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 8  to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday.

  • Blood drives set next week

    Medic Regional Blood Center has three upcoming blood drives in Roane County that will include incentives for donors willing to take time to give blood during the summer months.  

    Donors can give blood in a Medic mobile drive July 24 at Roane Medical Center at 412 Devonia St., Harriman.

    Another mobile drive will be on July 25 at Oliver Springs Food City.

    On July 30, a blood drive will be in the family center of Kingston Church of Christ at 120 Spring St.

    All three blood drives will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • N-S exhibit car to make only Tenn. stop during October Sky fest in OS

    Norfolk Southern Corp. has confirmed its exhibit car will be on display in Oliver Springs on Oct. 20 at the October Sky Fall Festival.

    Admission is free to the public.

    The exhibit car is a restored 1926 Pullman that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971. Norfolk has completed the restoration of the exhibit car for its 30th anniversary.

    Oliver Springs will be one of 15 stops across the country and the only appearance in Tennessee.