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Today's News

  • Fall 2020 tentative date for new school

    There was no change in the Roane County Board of Education’s high school plan last Thursday.

    The board met in regular session, and approved a timeline for its plan to build a new consolidated school for Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood High Schools.

    Richard Foster with Lewis Group Architects said construction is estimated to take 18-20 months, and the goal is to have the new school open by August 2020.

  • Hwy. 70’s next widening phase now underway

    Road crews are clearing trees and doing other site preparation in the second phase of the widening of Hwy. 70.

    The project picks up  from where Phase 1 ended to an area about 100 feet from Lakeside Drive.

    “Once completed, this will be a four lane with a center turn lane,” said Mark Nagi, a spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “The project has begun with clearing operations, and then utilities will be moved. Once the utilities are moved, construction will begin on the roadway,” Nagi added.

  • OFF the CUFF: He was The Dog God Brought Us

    Simba, King o’ the Pekes and The Absolute Best Dog in the World, went to the Rainbow Bridge at about 1:30 a.m. on a cloud-filled spring day while resting in the lap of His Amie.

    He leaves behind His Amie and His Mommy, both of whom are inconsolable.

    A white Pekingese with big eyes and a fluffy tail, he was a little dog who made a big impact.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: “He’s crazy, a real nut job!” Quoth the Donald

    Before we get into this week’s main topics we need to apprise the gentle reader of a few other matters.

    First, we owe a reply to the Rockwood young ladies who kindly wrote us a nice letter a few days ago, but we do not intend to devote less attention to that reply than the original letter merits. However, we hope to be in position to publish our reply next week, or the week following at the latest.

    Secondly, by sheer coincidence, we have encountered a couple of items bearing upon the subject of last week’s column which we thought we should mention.

  • FACES of our FUTURE
  • GLIMPSES: Unite over brazen Party solicitation

    A self-imposed early deadline and the nauseating nonstop commentary coming out of Washington make this a good time to vent a personal peeve.

    This less-than-earth-shattering concern, however, is hardly mine alone. If citizens from across the political spectrum came together to address this annoyance, we might begin to rediscover the endangered American tradition of governance.

  • Estranged husband said to wield axe handle in fight

    Harriman police arrested a man who was reportedly swinging an axe handle in an altercation near Little Caesars on Roane Street.

    Jerry Butler II, 45, of 905 Unaka St., Harriman, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and vandalism in the Monday fracas.

    Jerry Griffin told police  Butler struck him with an axe handle in an altercation that drew onlookers from nearby area businesses.

  • 16 grams of suspected meth lands man in jail

    A 36-year-old Roane County man was allegedly found with 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine Thursday morning.

    The suspect, McKinley Shane Gunter, is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery, sale, of schedule II drugs.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman stopped a juvenile driver for a head lamp being out. He was taking the juvenile home when he encountered Gunter.

  • Kroger Fuel Center open in time for Memorial Day

    Kroger is celebrating the grand opening of its new Fuel Center at the 1820 Roane State Hwy. store in Harriman on May 17.

    “We are pleased that we can now offer fuel at this location,” said Melissa Eads, spokeswoman for the Kroger Nashville Division.

    “Gasoline is a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy, because it offers our customers tremendous convenience and value.”

    The Fuel Center, open from 6 am. to 11 p.m. daily, offers 18 fueling stations. Diesel fuel is also available.

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Cast an eye toward the future

    Currently, there is much discussion about preparing our students for their future, not our past.

    As Tennessee moves to a K-14 education system, there is debate about what skills a worker will need in the future.

    By one popular estimate, 65 percent of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist!

    One expert predicts that 70-80 percent of today’s job types will disappear in the next 20 years.