Today's News

  • Meth defendant in prison for 10 years

    Another defendant has been sentenced in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy.

    U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced Justin Redmon of Harriman to 10 years in prison on Thursday. The sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

    Redmon, 33, conspired with others to buy meth in Rome, Ga., and resale it in East Tennessee.

  • Harriman streets ready for paving

    Harriman drivers may notice a number of roads are getting smoother, but the work is far from done.

    “It will look good when we get through,” said Public Works Director Darrell “Drack” Langley.

    One of the big projects is on Scenic Drive and Sherwood Lane where tiles are being installed.

    “Once the tile work is complete we will be paving Scenic Drive and Sherwood Lane,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Rockwood Golf Course manager busted for DUI, possession of pot

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reported finding two marijuana cigarettes in the pocket of Rockwood Golf Course manager Richard Spradling during a DUI checkpoint Friday, Sept. 22.

    Spradling, 59, 750 Eagle Furnace Road, Rockwood, was charged with driving under the influence, simple possession or casual exchange and implied consent.

    “We are aware of the situation and what happened,” Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe said Monday. “Just like everyone else, you’re innocent until proven guilty, so he’s still working.

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  • Arts Council preps for Roane’s sixth annual open show

    The Arts Council of Roane County will present its sixth annual open show in Rockwood.

    The show will be from Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Rockwood Visitor Center and Museum at 241 Rockwood St.

    Public display hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The Arts Council is committed to promoting art and artists to the community, and this event showcases some of the best art from around the region.

    The show is open to artists in all media. Artists are not required to live in Roane County to participate.

  • GLIMPSES: U.S.-Russia rivalry long standing


    Whatever one thinks about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, future observers will surely find the matter puzzling.

    As a child of the Cold War, I came of age thinking that Russia was a monstrous nation and our most heinous foe.

    We should be mindful of the long historical background of this latest round of animosities. U.S.-Russian distrust validates William Faulkner’s assertion that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

  • Out to Lunch: Honeymooners dine on Market Square munchies

    This “Out to Lunch” article is about an adventure my wife Carol and I enjoyed at the Market Square and downtown Knoxville.

    Some readers know that Carol and I ran off to Georgia to get married on my 18th birthday and her 17th birthday – Sept. 15.

    We didn’t have any money for a honeymoon.  Every year since then, we have got away for a day or two, to have belated honeymoons.

  • Third time's the charm

    Unemployment rates in Tennessee decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state.

    The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent – the lowest in recorded history.

  • Cherokee clinches district with win

    By Brittani Barger
    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets took on the Eagleton Royals on Thursday night and continued their winning streak defeating Eagleton 32-8.