Today's News

  • Weed-killing chemicals among issues

    A meeting of the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council at the Rockwood Community Center this week turned into a debate among residents over the non-native weed eradication effort.

    Residents have publicly expressed concerns about the use of herbicide to treat areas near the Rockwood water inlet.

    Council Chairman Tim Joseph began the meeting with a discussion on the definition of and potential dangers of invasive species in the lake system.

  • HUB buys bank bldg.

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board has purchased the property known as the Regions Bank building at 200 N. Roane St., adjacent to the current HUB main office building.

    “Our current building was constructed in the early 1950s, with a later addition, and is in need of major renovations,” said HUB Manager Bill Young. “We became aware that the Regions building was for sale, and that the bank was beginning construction on a new facility in the Midtown area.”

  • Lots to blame for ash illness, death

    Jacobs Engineering Group isn’t planning to go down alone.

    Attorneys for the contractor contend others also bear responsibility for the alleged injuries sustained by people who worked at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant during the ash spill cleanup.

    The workers are suing Jacobs for damages in federal court.

    “We’ve got over 30 people that have died, over 30 cancer cases,” said attorney Jim Scott, who represents some of the workers. “The volume of disease and death is sickening.”

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: ‘Freedom’ is the best response

    By Gene Policinski

    Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak.

    Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists — the dregs of our open society — have and should have First Amendment rights to speak and march in public.

    We need to see them for what they are: a disappointing collection of the disaffected; some parading around in silly costumes, often ignorant of the real meaning and history of the symbols they display, carrying torches meant as much to intimidate as to illuminate.

  • GOING with the FLO: What happened to honor and respect in our country?

    It bears repeating that God’s Word in Romans 13:1, says, “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers (Human Government). For there is no power but of God (God has ordained Government): the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    In verse 2: “Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the Ordinance of God. (Anarchy is not of God).”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: R.E. Lee, “le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche”

    Gentle reader, recall that this column is written early in the week, so a whole heap of things could have happened betwixt its composition and its circulation, but we think the observations contained herein will still be valid, if dated.

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    The Continuing controversy over generals from the south, especially the recent imbroglio in Charlottesville, Virginia, has produced the usual harvest of witless commentary: One that irritated the old curmudgeon was from a commentator on NPR who described General Robert E. Lee as a “leader of the Confederacy”.

  • Senior bowlers keep on rolling big


    August 11

    1st High Game------ Faye Langley, Rick Alderfer--407

    2nd High Game----Faye Langley, Rick Alderfer--429

    3rd High Game ----Stuart Brown ( Solo)---474

    High Scores today—Carolyn McGill-201 game, David Dawson –231 game- Rick Alderfer-223,227, games, 627 Series

    High Series today---- Faye Langley, Rick Alderfer---1223

    High Series For July------- Don Eiler, Rick Alderfer--1303

    High Averages---------Loretta Carrington 160, Dean Griffin---190

  • Final warmup for Lady Blue Devils
  • Lady Jackets ousted in opener
  • GLIMPSES: Hindsight often blinding, too


    Residents of Roane County in 2017 who face the challenge of funding a public-school system for our posterity without bankrupting ourselves should be mindful of an old proverb: “The nearer the past, the more uncertain its lessons.”

    While we have a long past to learn from, many of us personally experienced the history most relevant to our current school debate. I, for example, attended public schools in Kingston from 1957-69.