Today's News

  • 2 hurt in crash on Hwy. 58

    A Ten Mile man is facing charges in connection with a head-on crash that happened on the morning of May 4 South of the River on Hwy. 58.

    “It was not a fatal crash,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Don Boshears said.

    The THP investigated, and levied a reckless driving charge against 45-year-old Christopher M. Whitmire.

    According to the report, he was headed north in a 1996 Honda Accord around 6 a.m. when he crossed the center line and struck a 2016 ETHRA bus head-on.

  • Harriman still eyeing Pacifico as city’s public safety director

    Harriman officials are continuing to look at ways to restructure their staffing.

    Key to that plan is the possibility of naming Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico public safety director but the main discussion now is whether to make a codes enforcement officer a full-time or part-time position.

    “We are not getting just behind,” Councilman Buddy Holley said. “When we get better at one area, we get bad somewhere else.

    “I think it is a full time job, at least for several years.”

  • Property owner given time to clean up

    The owner of a fire-damaged home at 115 Shubert St. in Kingston is being granted more time to clean up and rehabilitate the property.

    During a hearing Tuesday to decide whether to order demolition of the home, the Kingston City Council voted unanimously to give property owner Nick Robbins a timetable for compliance with safety issues.

    The property, which burned in 2013, has passed through at least two owners who acquired the home through a tax sale. Robbins acquired the home in 2016.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Use Republican Rule to defer school decision

    Gentle reader, you no doubt recall that Emerson said that ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.’ Events of the last few weeks have caused us to wonder what the great Ralph Waldo would have said about folks whose chief consistency consists of inconsistency.

    We refer, of course to our Roane County School Board for they have proven themselves to be remarkably consistent in their inconsistency.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Is C+ good enough for our freedoms?

    By Gene Policinski

    When it comes to our core freedoms, is a “C+” grade good enough?

    A new “First Amendment Report Card,” released by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, gives our First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — a barely passing grade.

    The grades were assigned by 15 panelists from across the political spectrum, some of them experts on First Amendment issues overall, and some who focus on specific areas such as religion or press.

  • Emergency communications kudos
  • Late rally leads Coalfield past Oliver Springs

    By Michael Lindsay


  • Lady Tigers bow out of 3A tourney

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers advanced to the final four in the District 3A Softball Tournament, but they would make it nor farther as Guy Thompson’s squad was eliminated following losses to Meigs County, 9-0, on Tuesday, and Tellico Plains, 8-1, on Wednesday. 

  • Lady ’Cats headed to region tourney

    One day after witnessing two players go down with injuries and dropping their first District 4A Tournament game to Coalfield, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats bounced back in impressive fashion on Wednesday. 

  • Season ends for Bobcats

    A five-run offensive ambush by the Oneida Indians in the opening inning was the harbinger of things to come in the 8-1 win by the Indians over the Oliver Springs Bobcats in the District 4A Tournament.