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Today's News

  • Former lieutenant governor in town
  • Hear about garden toad habitat at free session

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series on March 11.

    The session begins at noon in the UT Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    This session will be “Garden Toad Habitat” with Certified Master Gardener Marlin Helms.

    This is an ongoing series on the second Saturday of each month.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

  • OFF the CUFF: Practicing patience for April’s arrival

    If patience is indeed a virtue, I’m not terribly virtuous.

    I want what I want when I want it. It’s why I order light ice in my coffee at drive-thrus. I don’t want to wait for it to cool; I want to drink it now.

    The latest obstacle in my path to instant gratification comes in the form of Mother Nature and a giraffe gravid with calf.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The sick usually aren’t to blame for being sick!

    As long-time readers know, the old curmudgeon is well and truly fixed in the status of octogenarianism, and as such he has had ample opportunity to observe the various vagaries of human nature, much of which he has come to understand and appreciate, but there is one aspect which not only puzzles him, but angers him, and that is the attitude so many of our fellows have toward sickness, those afflicted with illness or disability.

  • Kingston man accused of setting home on fire

    Jonathan D. Grizzell, a 39-year-old Kingston man, is accused of setting his house on fire and trying to file a false insurance claim.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month on charges of arson and attempted insurance fraud.

    He declined to comment on the charges when contacted late last week.

    “You need to speak with my attorney,” he said.

    The Kingston Fire Department responded to a fire at Grizzell’s 1511 Kathy Circle residence on Oct. 5, 2016.

  • Harriman cracking down on messiness

    Harriman officials have been cracking down on unkempt properties around the city.

    Mayor Wayne Best said voters asked him for help with cleaning up properties during his campaign last year.

    He’s been taking the requests seriously, driving around and looking at properties that have been identified as in need of clean up.

    “It is already looking better. We just need to get the word out that we have took it long enough, and we aren’t taking it any more. We’re taking you to court,” said Best.

  • DOE bus tours underway for ’17 season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tours are underway through Nov. 27.

    The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The reservation-wide tour is a popular destination for tourists visiting the area.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted more than 40,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Spending Sunday atop Mount Roosevelt
  • Fire displaces Rockwood family
  • ’BORO BOUND!

    The Harriman Blue Devils will be making their first trip to the Class A State since the 2009-10 season, after Coach Shay Shannon's squad defeated the Cosby Eagles 86-47 before another standing room only crowd in the Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium.
    Harriman lost to CSAS on March 17, 2010, in the opening round of the state tournament, after beating Cloudland in the sectional on March 8, 2010.
    Jermaine Copeland and his 1994-95 team won both the region and state tournament under Pickell.