Today's News

  • Tigers one win away from state

    The Rockwood AA Tigers kept their season alive Tuesday evening with an exciting 11-9 come-from-behind victory over Pigeon Forge in the Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament being played at Tellico Plains.

  • Harriman advances to Dixie Youth State Tournament

    The Harriman A All-Stars wrapped up a spot in next week’s Dixie Youth State Tournament Wednesday evening with a 14-6 victory over Tellico Plains in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament in Sweetwater.

  • OS teen killed on ATV

    An Oliver Springs teen died Friday afternoon after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Roane County.

    Ellie Elizabeth Jackson, 14, was a rising sophomore at Oliver Springs High School.

    Family members found the active teenager in the woods behind their home, removed her helmet and performed CPR.

    Jackson was active in her church and at the high school, where she was a varsity cheerleader.

    Her obituary also said she was active in the student council, the Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H Club and P-3.

  • Payback of debt leads to tax hike

    Proposed county property tax increases in Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rockwood have a lot to do with the county’s debt, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re going to have to pay our debt, and there’s some taxes for the cities because of that,” he said Tuesday.

    Roane County is $57.4 million in debt. That figure doesn’t include interest.

    Woody said it’s possible the county is still paying debt on computers that it no longer has because of past refinancing.

  • It’s official: Harriman water, sewer rates up

    Harriman Utility Board water and sewer customers should get ready to pay more.

    Effective July 1, rates are up 3 percent for water customers and 7 percent for those receiving sewer services.

    “The sewer increase is to continue to work on pump stations and collection lines per the [Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation] order,” said Bill Young, who took over as manager of the Harriman utilities on July 1.

    Harriman is under a sewer moratorium until it meets upgrade improvements on its aging system.

  • The Garden Gate: Recycle seeds, pits for a potential treat

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Have you ever tried garbage gardening? All kinds of nice little plants can be started from kitchen discards. Call it a form of recycling.

    Citrus seeds are easy to grow. Grapefruit or lemon seeds sprout fairly quickly and grow into small plants with glossy leaves and then into little trees.

    It takes at least five years for them to produce any fruit.

  • Guest opinion: New York protects gay equality and religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes, First Amendment Center
    Winners and losers in the battle over gay marriage in New York can agree on at least one thing: Without robust protections for religious groups, the law legalizing same-sex marriages would not have passed.

    Eleventh-hour negotiations between Republican senators and supporters of the bill led to the insertion of strong language ensuring that churches and other religious organizations could not be sued or penalized for refusing to accommodate gay marriages.

  • Impressions: Support of reading makes sense

    Folks know we are reading enthusiasts here at the newspaper. Obviously, that makes sense in our line of business.

    As print and on-line information providers, it’s, well, kind of important that our current and future customers are have effective reading skills.

    Hence, over the years we have been ardent advocates of education and literacy initiatives.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tinker

    Margaret McGhee and Adam Tinker were married on April 11 in Clinton.

    Joanne Anderson officiated during the afternoon ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Sherry McGhee.

    The groom is the son of David and Linda Tinker.

  • From a galaxy far, far away ...

    Members of the 501st Legion MidSouth Garrison portray “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader and his storm troopers for the delight of customers at Kingston Public Library’s used book sale last month.

    The group of “Stars Wars” faithful turns out for charity events to help draw crowds.

    Customers of all ages were enchanted by the noises and beeps emitted by R2D2, the popular "Star Wars" robot.