Today's News

  • Driver gets 8 years for vehicular homicide

    A Lenoir City man received an eight-year prison sentence for his role in a 2013 Roane County traffic death.

    Otto Joseph Flachbart III pleaded guilty earlier this year to vehicular homicide by intoxication.

    He was behind the wheel of a truck that crashed on Sept. 15, 2013 on Hwy 327.

    A passenger in the truck, 48-year-old Fred M. Collins Jr. of Oliver Springs, was killed.

    Trooper Matthew Armes indicated in his report that Flachbart was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

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  • Gas prices holding stable

    The holiday season is in full swing, attracting an estimated 103.1 million American travelers.

    An estimated 93.6 million Americans are expected to take a road trip during the 11-day period.

    Yet, despite the elevated demand for gasoline, prices at the pump remained unchanged throughout the Christmas weekend.

  • Donation helps Anti-Drug Coalition save lives

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition and the Prescription Drug Task Force had a September event to raise funds to provide Naloxone, an overdose antagonist drug, to all first responders in Roane County.

    As a direct result of the community support received for the Celebrate Hope Benefit, the Anti-Drug Coalition has received a donation of Evzio naloxone auto-injectors from kaléo, a Richmond, Va.-based pharmaceutical company.

  • Customers of area utilities targets of phone scammers

    Oak Ridge Utility District warns its customers to guard against scammers who are likely working overtime to trick them into making payment over the phone to avoid disconnection of natural gas services.

    Utility officials said they urge customers to remember that ORUD will not demand immediate payment over the phone to avoid disruption of service and never demands immediate payment of cash, PayPal, Western Union, Green Dot or any prepaid debit card.

    Utility customers are asked to be alert, ask questions, and verify what they are being told about their account.

  • Roane Choral Society’s rehearsals to resume on Jan. 2

    Roane Choral Society will have rehearsals at 7 p.m. each Monday from Jan. 2-Feb. 27.

    Rehearals will be in room O-128 of the O'Brien Building of Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    The Society will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes” at 3 p.m. March 4 in Roane State’s O’Brien Theatre. The Society’s Children’s Choir will also perform.

    Current and past members are encouraged to attend rehearsals.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Weeds a blight on Watts Bar fun

    Back in November I managed take one last tour of the year across Watts Bar Lake in my canoe.

    As I cruised along the Kingston waterfront my paddle kept getting stuck in large patches of weeds. When I raised the paddle from the water it was covered in clumps of weeds.

    These are not ordinary weeds. These are non-native — also called invasive — weeds.

    These weeds, including hydrilla, milfoil and spiny leaf naiad, grow thick in the shallow water.

  • Tapp leads 2016 All-County football team

    I am proud to announce the 2016 All-County football team. I want to think Coaches Travis Tapp (Harriman), Larry Green (Oliver Springs), John Webb (Rockwood), Brian Pankey (Kingston) and Ryen Minton (Midway) for nominating players for the team. There was also imput from Goose Lindsay and Jace Greene.
    Tapp was tabbed as Coach of the Year after guiding the Blue Devils to a fourth-place finish in Region 2-1A with a 3-3 record and a 7-4 overall record, including a loss at Cloudland in the opening round of the  Class A playoffs.

  • Jim Cordell Christmas Tournament will be contested Dec. 28-30 at HHS, HMS

    Harriman will be a hotbed of basketball action this week. A total of 45 games will be played in three days at Harriman High School and Harriman Middle School as part of the 2016 Jim Cordell Christmas Classic.
    The classic has been a staple at Harriman High School for years, but this year's is the biggest. For years the classic has been held at Harriman High school with a total of 24 games being played, but by adding Harriman Middle School's gymnasium the field has nearly doubled. A total of 29 teams, 15 boys and 14 girls, will be participating.


    The future of school bus travel in Tennessee could include seat belts.

    The Roane County Board of Education heard how that could impact the local school system earlier this month.

    “The implications of going to seat belts are it reduces the capacity of the bus by about 20 percent,” Transportation Supervisor Lee Maines told the board.

    “We can now sit small children three wide. If you go to seat belts you’ll only be able to put two students in those seats.”