Today's News

  • Farmer to be sentenced on firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer pleaded guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon last Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

    His sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2016.

    Farmer, 27, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine and supervised release when he gets out of prison.

    Farmer, who has a Kingston address, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case.

  • Man charged with Harriman Domino’s robbery

    John Russell, a 41-year-old Harriman man, is accused of robbing the Domino’s on South Roane Street on Sept. 29.

    According to the warrant, he allegedly walked into the restaurant with his hands

    covered by his sweatshirt sleeves.

    “The male approached the counter and while pointing his right covered hand at the clerk, Eric Coleman, he demanded the money in the cash register and moved in such a manner to place Coleman in fear of his life because Coleman believed the male to be carrying a firearm,” the warrant said.

  • Harriman demolition continues
  • Leader, REACH founder mourned

    Longtime Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier died Wednesday night at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was 72.

    “We lost a very influential and passionate county leader,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “His heart was with the county, the school system and the children. We lost a great leader.”

    Collier was a resident of Kingston and represented District 6 on the County Commission. He was elected to his fifth four-year term last year.

  • TVA lowering lake levels in anticipation of Joaquin rains

    TVA is taking steps in the likelihood the Tennessee Valley will be hit with heavy rain from Hurricane Joaquin.

    Even if Hurricane Joaquin doesn’t directly strike the Valley, it could still have a major impact on the area. The Tennessee Valley Authority is already taking steps to deal with the anticipated runoff from heavy rains over the weekend.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Pope Francis reawakens American ideal

    At a cultural moment when celebrity trumps character in America, it took a humble priest from Argentina to remind us of the better angels of our nature — and of the kind of nation we must aspire to build in the 21st century.

    Pope Francis arrived in our public square as a self-described migrant, and for a refreshing week his message of compassion and justice drowned out the divisive, ugly, sometimes hateful rhetoric of this political season.

  • Final middle school football standings
  • OS Middle School playing for CVC crown Thursday

    For the third year in a row, Oliver Springs will take on Spring City for the Clinch Valley Middle School Football Conference championship.

    This year's title game is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Spring City.

    “We set a goal all year to be in the championship game, and we're back,” Oliver Springs head coach Buster Brown said. “We're going to do our best to win it.”

    Oliver Springs is about 40 miles from Spring City, but Brown said he expects to see a lot of purple and gold, his team's colors, in the stands.

  • OS Middle School beats Midway in CVC season finale

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats battled a soggy field and the Midway Middle Green Waves for a 14-0 win last Thursday to claim another berth in the Clinch Valley Conference Championship game. The Bobcats will once again take on Spring City in the championship game Thursday night. The only difference from last year will be the Bobcats will travel to Spring City to try to claim their second straight title

    Oliver Springs lost to the Bulldogs earlier this season, but will get another chance at them Thursday.

  • Cherokee Middle School wins season finale last week

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets closed out the regular season last Thursday night with an impressive 34-6 victory over Wartburg Central on a rainy night at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial.

    “I thought our guys played pretty well especially in such nasty conditions,” Cherokee head coach Wiley Brackett said after watching his team improve to 5-3 on the season. “It was just an good old-fashioned physical football game.”