Today's News

  • Henry says he’s glad for DCS move

    After almost two years as commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services, Jim Henry said he has no regrets with his role there.

    “It’s been a good job,” he said Monday. “When you’re helping kids, it just doesn’t get any better than that as far as your personal gratification.”

    Henry was commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities when Gov. Bill Haslam named him interim commissioner of DCS in February 2013.

  • Feds come through on tornado costs

    Federal disaster aid is expected to cover most of the costs Roane County incurred when an EFO-rated tornado hit the area in June.

    “All the paper work is turned in,” Roane County Office of Emergency Services Acting Director Scott Stout said. “Now it’s up to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to get us our money.”

    Figures provided by Stout show the county incurred $313,636 in expenses because of the storm.

    Of that, $290,923 is expected to be reimbursed by FEMA.

  • 'Tis the Season
  • Top Flight shows spirit
  • GUEST OPINION: In public schools, when should holy day be holidays?

    First Amendment Center
    The school board in Montgomery County, Md. ignited a national debate earlier this month by voting to eliminate the names of Christian and Jewish religious holidays on the school calendar – while still planning to close schools on those days.

    The board’s action was in response to the local Muslim community’s longstanding request to add at least one Muslim holiday to the list of days when the district’s schools would close.

  • OFF the CUFF: Rep. Fincher, we deserve to hear from you

    I was incensed when I saw the headline Saturday afternoon.

    “GOP staffer posts, apologizes,” it said. “Obama daughters showed no class at turkey pardon.”

    How disgusting, I thought. Who would go after children? No class, indeed.

    Then I read the article and became outraged. Not only was this a staffer, this was a communications director.

    An experienced communications director. And the part that made me angriest: her employer was one of Tennessee’s own.

  • Weekend fire forces family out

    A Harriman family is staying with family after a Sunday afternoon fire damaged their house.

    Nobody was home at 122 Coffee Lane when the fire started.

    “It appears to have started in the basement. Right now, we are seeing it as an accidental fire,” said Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Police Department responded to another fire Monday evening, but it was out by the time emergency personnel arrived at 1005 Old Roane St.

    Goss said it was a stove fire and the residents were able to put out on their own.

  • Roane State duo’s next undersea class Thursday

    The devastation of coral reefs will be the topic of the next episode of “Classroom Under the Sea,” an online lecture series hosted by two educators living underwater for more than two months.

    The live program starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.

    Viewers can watch live at roanestate.edu/classroomunderthesea and on youtube.com/classroomunderthesea.

    Roane State Community College biology professor Bruce Cantrell and adjunct professor Jessica Fain are living and working in an underwater habitat for 73 days.

  • Pedestrian struck in Rockwood

    A man was injured when struck while walking across Gateway Avenue Saturday evening.

    Dennis Lee Dyle, 42, 705 Elm Ave., was flown by helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    According to Rockwood police reports, Dyle was crossing from the east to the west side of Gateway Avenue when he walked into the path of a vehicle driven by 91-year-old Lloyd Douglas Lockhart, also of Rockwood.

  • Tim Neal, Kingston’s new mayor, takes reins

    Tim Neal had several things to feel proud about on Monday.

    Chief among them was being sworn in as the new mayor for the city of Kingston.

    “It’s an honor,” he said.

    The swearing-in ceremony took place at City Hall. Council members Randy Childs, Sarah Humphreys and Don White were also sworn in. Neal, Childs, Humphreys and White were all winners in the city’s Nov. 4 election.