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Today's News

  • Midway Holiday Classic

    Wednesday, Dec. 28

    Game 1 10:00 Berean vs. Bledsoe County (Girls)

    Game 2 11:30 Berean vs. Bledsoe County (Boys)

    Game 3 1:00   Carter vs. Sweetwater (Girls)

  • Spring turkey hunt applications being taken

    Applications for the 2012 Spring Turkey Quota Hunts will be until February 8, 2012, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced.

  • Swenson named District 13-A Coach of the Year
  • OSMS falls at Wartburg

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats closed out their pre Christmas schedule Thursday night with a trip to Wartburg. The trip up Highway 62 wasn’t a good one, however, as the host Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs came away with victories.

  • OUR OPINION: Kudos to nine county officials who get it

    We couldn’t be more proud of the nine Roane County Commission members who carried the vote against a measure that could  greatly increase secrecy in government proceedings.

    Remember these names: County Commissioners Nick Forrester, Copper Bacon, Ron Berry, Ray Cantrell, Benny East, Randy Ellis, Jerry Goddard, Carolyn Granger and Stanley Moore voted “no” to giving their backing to a proposed change to state law that would allow members of a governing body to meet in private — as long as a quorum is not present.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Can Santa Claus help us through our trials?

    Dear Santa Claus:
    While you have not heard from your friend, the old curmudgeon, in many-a-year, he wishes to join in the requests for your generosity you receive each year from the children and simple folk the world over.

    Santa, if your sack can hold them, please bring to the people of America the following gifts:

    Bring them a Supreme Court that has the commonsense to know that the Founding Fathers did not have in mind the spending of money when they guaranteed the right of free speech.

  • Harriman may shift focus of grant efforts

    For years, Harriman Utility Board has gotten much of its desperately needed funds for sewer rehabilitation through Community Development Block Grants.

    Now the grant source may be changing its emphasis from infrastructure to other types of projects.

    That is what Harriman City Coordinator Bob Tidwell shared with the Harriman City Council recently.

    Brown Pearman Russell LLC, which, for a fee, helps communities secure grants, wants to work with Harriman, Tidwell added.

  • Break-in at Harriman church dampens holiday mood

    Parishioners at Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman were greeted by a disheartening sight when they opened the church’s doors Sunday morning.

    Someone had broken into the church through a window, then broke through a fiberglass pane in the door of the church office to gain entry and take items from inside.

    The church had been in the process of setting up a security system.

    “They took a security camera–digital recorder,” said Pastor Gene Nelson. “They got some cash — not a whole lot.”

  • Drinking incident discussed at commission

    Two former ambulance employees — one of them involved in an alleged drinking-on-duty incident — addressed the Roane County Commission during the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting.
    Robert Cooker resigned on Dec. 1.
    His resignation letter stated he left for health and other reasons.
    However, Cooker claimed he was forced out over an incident that involved alcohol.

  • Man dies in Lawnville car crash

    A 21-year-old Roane County man was killed in a car wreck Wednesday night. The accident happened at 2521 Lawnville Road at 10 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Heath L. Bailey of Harriman was traveling west in a Ford Mustang.
    “While negotiating a curve, the driver lost control and ran off the right shoulder of the roadway, striking a tree head-on,” the report on the accident said.
    Bailey was not wearing a seat belt.