Today's News

  • Oak Ridge Airport awaits nod from FAA

    The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to grant approval for the proposed Oak Ridge Airport.

    Backers of the project are still hopeful the agency will. They shared their optimism with the Oak Ridge City Council during a meeting last week.

  • Going with the Flo: We are one nation under God under his divine order


    Leaving the FISA memos chaos in Washington for now to our All-Powerful God, Who can reveal anything covered up, let me clarify: Never was it implied or meant that we should obey man rather than God.

    We obey God-appointed authorities because God instructs us to in His Word. No one is higher than God Almighty!

    We are a nation under God — under His divine order. We answer to Him for our decisions and for those of our country, and so do our leaders.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Got it rough? Try living on meal and parched corn

    Gentle reader, you may recall having seen in the paper a notice of a presentation of a lecture concerning the lost town of Montgomery in Morgan County scheduled for presentation by Michael Nance at the headquarters building for the Obed Wild and Scenic River in downtown Wartburg last Saturday. We are pleased to report that, despite the rainy, overcast weather, there was a fine turnout to hear this interesting presentation, including several Roane Countians, among whom was your humble servant.

  • Man said to brag about child rapes on Facebook

    Numerous sex crime indictments were returned by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    One was against Brian David Gann, who was reportedly bragging on Facebook about raping children.

    “Detectives with the sheriff’s office worked with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force to investigate this case,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

  • State, feds look into raw sewage dumped on roads

    State and federal agencies are investigating the dumping of raw sewage on Roane County roads.

    Roane County Deputy Road Supervisor Tony Brown said his department got a call about sewage dumped along about a 4-mile stretch of Bowman Bend Road earlier this month.

    It is suspected that the sewage discharge was intentional, possibly perpetrated by a commercial service that empties septic tanks.

    “It would have to be a pretty good-sized container,” said Scott Stout, director of Roane County Department of Emergency Services.

  • Authorities retrieve number of items believed taken in burglary

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Harriman police, confiscated items they believed were taken during a burglary.

    Three people were released during the stop on Ruritan Road on Thursday. A fourth, Amber Bray, 32, of 1718 Bennett Circle, Harriman, was arrested on an unrelated failure to appear charge.

    Sheriff’s Detective John Mayes reported through an email that he “was given information that suspects from a burglary were traveling towards Rockwood,” when they were stopped at the Dollar General Market in South Harriman.

  • Some bunny’s painting

    The woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication in the May 8, 2014, death of pedestrian Daniel Hester was sentenced to 10 years on Monday.

    Raychell Huckelby also received 11 months and 29 days for leaving the scene after striking Hester.

    She is required to serve at least 30 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.

    “I cannot express my apologies enough to Mr. Hester’s family,” Huckelby said in a statement she made at the sentencing hearing.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Constitution rife with controversy


    Guns and Russian meddling in our elections now hold center stage in the ever-changing American news cycle. But roots of these current controversies run deep in our Republic. Indeed, rhetoric from all sides of our ongoing debates draw from a common source — the United States Constitution.

  • THOSE were the DAYS: Sometimes you get a second chance


    I’m giving you my heart. Please take care of it for now you have two – and I have none.

    I knew from the time I was in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. There was never a doubt in my mind.

    In 1961, I graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and began my teaching career.

    I loved being a teacher. I can remember thinking at the end of the day, “I can’t believe I’m being paid for doing this.” However, at that time $4,000 a year was good pay!