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Today's News

  • Guest Opinion: Sentencing teen to pew crosses line

    BY DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a judicial-conduct complaint against an Oklahoma judge who sentenced a 17-year-old to an unusual form of probation — 10 years of church.

    In November, Muskogee County District Judge Mike Norman imposed the sentence on Tyler Alred, who was found guilty of manslaughter for getting into an accident that killed his 16-year-old friend.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Recollections of our past Christmas parties

    Gentle reader, as we wrote a few weeks ago we are increasingly grateful for the gift of friendship, but all too often we are reminded of the meaningfulness of our friendships most strongly when one or more of those friends is called from us by their death.

    Thus it was this past week when we lost one of our old South Harriman High School friends, Bill Gibson: and almost simultaneously came the news of the death of Mary Lou Bradford.

  • Gas-leak fix multi-agency emergency

    Several residents were evacuated in the Pine Hills area of Harriman on Dec. 1 because of a significant gas leak.

    “We had to evacuate,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager. “We didn’t have to, but we did for safety.”

    Young said the situation was tricky because utility workers had to fix the leak while the line was still “hot” or under pressure.

    The utility recently purchased fire suits for employees working in gas for such situations.

  • County still hasn’t filled parks and recreation job

    Months after the position came open, Roane County still doesn’t have the parks and recreation director job filled.

    “We’re not just going to hire anybody off the street,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We’re selective on our side about the candidate we want.”

    The job opened up over the summer when Tony Brown left to go work for the road department.

    Woody said six interviews were conducted. He said the job was offered to one of the candidates, but the person turned it down.

  • Kingston riverboat dock coming down

     

    Hammer-wielding Thomas Cook of Harriman works with a crew dismantling a dock at 58 Landing in Kingston. The dock once served a privately owned Watts Bar Belle riverboat the city allowed to operate there, but it was left behind when the enterprise left because of financial problems. After determining that it was built below standards, the city decided to take it apart and salvage usable material to expand the docks at the Ladd Park boat ramp.

  • Kingston, Midway split in neighborhood tussle

    Midway and Kingston played Tuesday in the first game of their annual neighborhood battles, and when the smoke had cleared, both teams had picked up a victory.

  • Devils top TSD, 69-53

    In a boys only contest, Harriman and Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) took the floor Monday night and battled for all 32 minutes. Harriman dominated for most of the game and was lead by Xavier Howard’s 29 points. The Blue Devils won the game by a final score of 69-53.

  • HMS splits with Rockwood

    Rockwood Middle School took the floor Tuesday night against cross-county rival Harriman.  

    The Lady Tigers played good overall defense and shut down Harriman’s Jada Johnson on their way to a 24-18 victory 

  • Bobcats miss out on sweep

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats ran their District 4-A record to 2-0 Tuesday night with an easy 67-24 victory at Jellico.

    Oliver Springs’ boys, however, would miss out on that 2-0 record as the Blue Devils used a strong fourth quarter to knock off the Bobcats, 59-50.

  • Devils swept by Grace

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils had a bad night Tuesday as both squads dropped games against Grace Christian.

    Harriman’s girls took the floor first and dropped an 81-51 decision to the Lady Rams. The boys game was a lot closer, but Harriman lost in the end, 74-66.