Today's News

  • Devils and Bobcats to square off

    Tonight’s football game in Oliver Springs between the Harriman Blue Devils and Oliver Springs Bobcats will have a lot more going on that just a meeting of Roane County Rivals.

    “We’ve just stayed on our regular practice schedule,” Bobcat Coach Larry Green said, “try to get the fundamentals.

    “We watched some film on Harriman yesterday and watch some more today.

    “We’re just trying to put in an offensive and defensive to get ready for them.

  • Official won’t sign off on bills

    A Harriman City Councilman thinks priority should be given to businesses in the community when purchasing items and services for the city.

    “I’ve not signed some of the bills,” Sam Russell told his fellow Council members in a meeting earlier this month.

    “I’ve been trying to address buying — spending taxpayer money — outside the city when we could spend it inside the city or inside Roane County, and I just can’t in good conscious sign those bills and them being spent outside Harriman,” he said.

  • Rockwood officials mum on use of trolleys

    Rockwood hopes to expand on potential tourism and has some new tools to potentially make that happen.

    City officials have accepted two trolleys from the city of Pigeon Forge.

    But they’re cryptic about the capacity in which they plan to use the gift from the popular Sevier County getaway that attracts visitors year-round.

    “It is of no cost to us,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “If what we are working on does not work out — if we don’t accept it, we can give it to someone else.”

  • Raccoon hunt part of weekend activities to benefit sick toddlers

    This weekend fishermen and hunters can do what they love and help two youngsters fighting cancer.

    The Roane County Coon Hunters Association is doing a benefit for 2-year-old Jaxon Williams and 3-year-old Grayson West.

    “They both have been diagnosed with brain cancer and are going through all the surgeries and stuff now,” said organizer Bryon McElhaney.

    Call McElhaney at 617-2399 for more information.

  • CASA celebrates accomplishments

    Court Appointed Special Advocates for the 9th Judicial District honored volunteer advocates and the organization’s accomplishments at its annual dinner at the Michael Dunn Center last Thursday.

    CASA Executive Director Heather Moore Francis thanked volunteers and attendees for their work as advocates and as boosters for the organization. Among the accomplishments listed by the organization for the past year include serving 65 new children and adding 13 new advocates to make a total of 98 children and 30 advocates in the program.

  • Harriman police arrest trio on meth charges

    Harriman K-9 Officer Brian Turner made multiple methamphetamine-related arrests on Thursday, Sept. 21.

    Turner first made a traffic stop of a white Chevrolet Malibu around 12:30 p.m. at the Harriman McDonald’s and found William S. Taylor, 24, and Ashley Watts, 20, both of Lancing, inside.

  • Disc golf tourney set

    Roane County Park is hosting a disc golf tournament on Saturday.

    The entry fee is $15.

    Registration is 9 a.m.

    A player’s meeting will be held at 10 a.m. and tee off is scheduled for 10:30.

  • The Old CANNERY

    A cannery was once an integral part of Henry and Sarah Hedgecock’s farm.

    Those days have past, but the little building remains a special place to their descendants.

    “It’s very important to us because this is part of our family,” Ginger Williams said.

    Henry Hedgecock was born in 1861 and died in 1928. His wife Sarah was born in 1870 and died in 1955.

    The Old Cannery, as it’s known to the family, sits on a corner lot near the end of Lane Hedgecock Road in the Lawnville area.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Hard shelter decisions won’t change

    If you’ve been reading the newspaper, you might have heard that John Griffin, the director of the Roane County Animal Shelter, was relieved of his position, apparently after complaints from area animal rescue organizations.

    I don’t know Griffin personally, but I met him when my Leadership Roane County class toured the shelter and another time at an event at Kingston City Park.

  • GOING with the FLO: When Wright is wrong, and Jeremiah is Denton


    Correction! The name of the POW that blinked “TORTURE” was Jeremiah Denton, not Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for over 20 years, spewing out anti-American rhetoric and ranting, “g--d---- America.”