Today's News

  • Eagles fly over Blue Devils 84-75 to split season series

    The Harriman basketball teams hosted Oakdale in a Region 2A battle, as both teams are getting ready for their respective district tournaments next week - the 3A Tournament at Tellico and the 4A Tournament at Wartburg.
    The Lady Devils picked up a 38-34 victory, while the Eagles defeated the Blue Devils 84-75.
    Harriman 38, Oakdale 34: The Lady Devils built a 20-2 halftime lead, only to see it crumble in the second half.
    Christina Pack led Harriman with 15 points

  • Distress call ends in tragedy

    A search for a possibly suicidal man ended tragically Tuesday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting at Tyler Pointe shopping center on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at the request of Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, is investigating the incident, which culminated in death of victim Quinton Swicegood, 58, of Harriman.

  • East Roane man hurt in propane tank explosion

    Benny Walker, a 69-year-old East Roane County man, is expected to recover from injuries he suffered in a fire on Wednesday.

    “Dad is doing well,” son Chris Walker said Thursday. “He’s going to make a full recovery.”

    The fire happened at Benny Walker’s residence at 124 Buck Creek Road, Kingston. According to an E-911 dispatch report, a greenhouse and a barn at the property caught on fire. Benny Walker reportedly got burned when a propane tank exploded.


    LeMond Composites is in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    However, that’s not where the company wants to defend a federal lawsuit filed against it by former LeMond partner Connie Jackson.

    A motion filed on Wednesday asks for Jackson’s lawsuit to be dismissed or that the case be transferred to Minnesota.

    According to a memo in support of the motion, Jackson, a Harriman resident, signed an operating agreement consenting to all litigation being handled in Minnesota.

  • Free community college for adults a plus for area

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s latest proposal to expand access to free community college to adults could mean big things for Roane County.

    “I’m very excited about this bill. With this act and with the Tennessee Promise, we can say proudly that in Tennessee every adult has an opportunity to go to college free of charge thanks to the lottery reserve and the leadership of Gov. Haslam, as well as the support of the General Assembly of Tennessee,” said Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Movie Night donations taken for Central America

    Sixteen Roane State Community College students are traveling to the most impoverished areas of two Central American countries to deliver greatly needed items, and they are seeking the community’s help.

    The Service Learning in World Cultures class is seeking contributions of all types of school supplies and clothing. Students will be at the entrance of the historic Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 to receive donations.

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Haslam plan earns thumbs up

    By Wade Creswell

    Gov. Bill Haslam officially rolled out the IMPROVE Act a couple of weeks ago, a proposal focused on improving critical infrastructure throughout the state. He spoke more about it in his State of the State address.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Trump needs a Court Jester to keep him in line

    You know, gentle reader, the longer we live, the oftener we find ourself quoting Scottish poet Bobby Burns, who managed to encapsulate an awful lot of wisdom in a very few words, such as, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”

    This thought came immediately to mind as we started this week’s column, for it had been our long standing plan to recommence our series of columns on the Roane County School system, and its failures, this week.

  • Big score for former Devils, RSCC coach

    Former Harriman and Roane State Community College  basketball coach Johnny Jones  will be inducted into the Martin Methodist Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with the 1994-95 basketball team.
    "It was a surprise. I didn't expect this honor. Martin Methodist has a strong athletic tradition of winning," said Jones, who guided the Harriman Lady Devils to their first appearance in the state basketball tournament since the 2002-03 season. "I helped  during the transition from a 2-year school to a 4-year school."

  • Midway takes 3A doubleheader from Rockwood

    The Midway basketball teams swept a pair of District 3A games Friday, as the Lady Waves defeated the Lady Tigers 36-33 in overtime and the Green Wave defeated the Tigers 43-29.
    Midway 36, Rockwood 33: "Every win is big. That is a good Rockwood team. We were fortunate the ball bounced our way," said Midway Coach Mike Hayes.
    Emily Cawood led Midway with 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Caitlyn Ross added 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and four steals.