Today's News

  • HMS battles Cherokee

    Despite having to fight off a furious fourth period rally by the Harriman Middle School Lady Devils, the Cherokee Lady Jackets escaped with a 29-26 victory Tuesday night. 

  • Roane State sweeps Wallace State

    The Roane State Raiders and Raideretts tipped off the home portion of the schedule Tuesday night and the results were good for the home teams as they picked up a sweep over visiting Wallace State.

  • United Way's Pump Day
  • Love a parade? Holiday lineups scheduled

    Kingston will kick off the Christmas parade season on Nov. 29, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

    There is a $10 fee for commercial entries, and the deadline to enter is Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.

    The parade starts at 7 p.m. in front of Roane County High School, and lineup is 5:30-6 p.m.

    Harriman’s Christmas Parade will be Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., starting at Harriman High School.

    Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m., and entries must be received by Nov. 18. To register online, go to http://cityofharriman.net/home-page/announcements.

  • Cawood jabs at board in book

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood has made a living documenting his feuds with authorities.

    His latest work focuses on the state Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the ethical conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Not surprisingly, Cawood has some rather unflattering things to say about the board in his new book, “The Board of Unprofessional Irresponsibility.”

    “I think a lot of lawyers will enjoy it quietly,” Cawood said Tuesday.

  • Upheaval continues in Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board will soon be short another leader.

    Interim general manager Willard Mead, who had previously been the assistant manager for six years, announced his resignation Monday to the surprise of the Rockwood City Council.

    The announcement came in special- called session to discuss the budget and two resolutions concerning borrowing and grant funds for sewer projects.

    “No good news,” Mayor James Watts said after Mead had handed him a slip of paper with his resignation letter.

  • Messy Helen tossed in jail

    Over the years Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland has filed dozens of complaints against people for having too much junk on their property.

    They usually don’t reach the point of the person going to jail.

    However, that wasn’t the case with 60-year-old Helen Hayes.

    McFarland said Chancellor Frank V. Williams III found her in contempt of court and ordered her jailed for failing to comply with an order to clean up her property at 1812 Bluff Road.     

  • Throw up your hands (or just throw up?)

    The water department mess in Rockwood has gotten messier — and just when we thought the city council there had turned the corner.
    Here’s a quick summary:
    After some members of the city council focused attention on municipal utility director Rod King, he filed suit against some of those same people, accusing them of meeting illegally to discuss his fate.
    Last week, the council approved a $75,000 settlement with King, contingent on his resignation. In between, there has been much finger pointing, teeth gnashing and even plenty of back biting.

  • Impressions: Next time he feels roly-poly, it won’t involve layers

    The heat is on.
    Last weekend’s frosts convinced me to switch the HVAC system at the office over from “cool” to “heat.”
    I’m betting you did likewise at your home.
    Of course, I judiciously nudged the thermostats down a gnat’s eyelash under 65 Sunday morning — no need in running the heat when I was the only soul on my side of the building.
    While I’m a cool weather fan, many of my colleagues are not.

  • Honoring Roane County’s vets

    A slight movement of his hand was all Melvin Page could muster as his badly injured body was taken off a battlefield in Vietnam in January 1968.
    “When they came in to get me, they done had me in a body bag,” Page said. “My hand just moved, and they saw my hand. They were zipping it up.”
    Page was injured multiple times while serving in Vietnam, but the injuries he suffered Jan. 4, 1968, were the last.