Today's News

  • Rehab grants to help in Harriman

    Some home improvement projects will be getting started this summer thanks to the $250,000 in home grants the city of Harriman got last year.
    Officials with Brown Pearman Russell LLC, the independent agency handling the process, said the city would do as many homes as it could with the funds from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency 2011 home program grant award.

  • The Garden Gate: Dowsing’s a divine art with nature’s witch hazel

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Is it possible that you are a dowser or, as dowsers are sometimes called, a water witch?

    Dowsing is an ancient craft using branches of the witch hazel or willow tree to locate the presence of underground water. The dowser holds a wishbone-shaped, forked branch straight out before him and walks up and down, back and forth, over the terrain where he hopes to find a water source and construct a well.

    Not everyone has this ability. Perhaps you do.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 29

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Utility Board passed sewer rate increases that hiked business rates as much as 395 percent and residential user rates about 60 percent. The increase was necessary to fund construction of a state-mandated new wastewater treatment facility.

    10 Years Ago

  • Tuskegee Airman pride of OS

    By Julia Hopper Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    Samuel William Harper, president of the Knoxville College class of 1942, made a farewell speech entitled, “Looking Back with Chins Up,” on May 25, 1942.

    “The class of ‘42 will scatter after this day and will embark in various professions,” he said. “Some of us will be immediately united with our brothers in the armed forces of the nation, others will teach, and others will continue in graduate work.”

  • Charles takes heart in cardiac rehab

    Tommy Charles never imagined he’d entertain the same bad habit he’d seen consume his father’s life — and even contribute to his death.

    But three packs of cigarettes a day and one heart attack later, Charles “got like Dad.”

    At 55 years old, Charles’ father died from a heart attack. He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and was overweight and inactive.

    At 46, only nine years younger than the age his father died, Charles himself suffered a heart attack.

  • United Way to cap off its year

    Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting and campaign celebration next month.

    The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 29 in Michael Dunn Center’s conference meeting room at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    “This event is always a special time to thank our donors, volunteers and agencies who are at the heart of the Roane County United Way,” said Amy Harmon, executive director.

    Roane County United Way surpassed its $400,000 fundraising goal for 2011.

  • FSA offering producers free online info service

    Farmers and ranchers in Tennessee now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important Farm Service Agency program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information.  

    “FSA is now offering free online communications through our GovDelivery electronic news service,” said Gene Davidson, Tennessee Farm Service Agency executive director.

  • GUEST OPINION: Booking photos — public record or intrusion?

    First Amendment Center
    The mug shots of recently arrested federal prisoners are private and in most cases not available to the public, a federal appeals panel decided Feb. 22, turning back a request from the Tulsa (Okla.) World newspaper.

    The three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding a district court decision, rejected a number of arguments by the newspaper about the benefits of public access to U.S. Marshals Service booking photos.

  • Nuts & Bolts, A discussion of how things work in the news business: Anonymous comment — keep or quit it?

    Recently, the Chattanooga Times Free-Press took steps to shut down anonymous comment on stories it posts online.

    The newspaper is still allowing comment on opinion pieces — editorials, letters, editorial cartoons — posted online.

    Managing editor Alison Gerber made this point:

  • THP district led by Oliver Springs woman named top in the state

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott named the agency’s Knoxville District as the 2011 District of the Year at a special awards ceremony in Murfreesboro.

    The district not only includes Roane County, but it is led by an Oliver Springs woman, Capt. Cheryl Sanders. This is the first time a district has been recognized for its overall achievements.