Today's News

  • A View from Lick Skillet

    Before we get to the chief thrust of this column, we would be remiss if we did not remind the readers that we are now entering that special time of the year for loyal East Tennesseans, to-wit poke-picking time.

  • Odd behavior nets meth arrests

    Harriman police were dispatched to Walgreens recently on a report that several people had purchased medicines containing pseudoephedrine in close intervals.

    The call resulted in the arrest of a Wartburg man and woman.

    Jeffery Wayne England and Nicole Denise Eubanks are each charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

    Pseudoephedrine is found in common cold and allergy medicines and is the main precursor to making meth.

    Harriman police said Eubanks was attempting to make a purchase when they arrived at the store.

  • Tax breaks for firefighters?

    Counties often use tax breaks to attract businesses.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine said he sees another use for tax breaks.

    “If we can do it for businesses, I don’t see why we can’t do it for volunteer firefighters,” he said.

    Roane County has five volunteer fire departments.

    Redwine said he believes offering property tax breaks would help with recruitment and retention of  volunteer firefighters.

  • Tennessee Sheriff’s Association Scholarship goes to local teen


    Roane County High School senior Shayla Butler is the recipient of the 2013 Tennessee Sheriff’s Association Scholarship. Her father, Deputy Rick Butler, presented the $800 check to his daughter with his wife, Vicki, and Sheriff Jack Stockton. Shayla plans on attending Tennessee Tech while pursuing a degree in nursing. The Butler’s son, Kaleb, received the same scholarship in 2012. Kaleb is currently working towards a degree in nursing at Roane State and will transfer to Tennessee Tech with his sister in the fall.

  • Yager addresses Watts Bar shooting incident

    State Sen. Ken Yager  of Harriman said the recent exchange of gunfire by a security guard and unknown assailant at Watts Bar nuclear facility near Spring City shows the need for a law he sponsored in 2012 that allows security officers to carry firearms.  

    The new law gives security officers at Tennessee’s two Category 1 nuclear power plants, Watts Bar and Sequoyah, the authority to use deadly force to prevent an act of radioactive sabotage.

  • Tigers top Dragons, 8-7

    The Rockwood Tigers needed nine innings Monday, but the extra innings were worth it as the Tigers knocked off the Clinton Dragons, 9-8.

  • Jackets split with Panthers in tennis action

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets tennis team ran their season record to 5-2 Monday afternoon with a 7-2 victory at Stone Memorial.

    The news wasn’t as good for the Lady Jackets as they dropped a 6-3 decision to the Lady Panthers to fall to 2-5 overall on the season.


  • Tigers take on Devils, Redskins in tennis

    The Rockwood Tigers and Harriman Blue Devils split a tennis match played at Roane State on Monday.

    Harriman’s victory came on the boys’ side as the Devils won, 6-3. The score was the same on the girls’ side, only it was Rockwood coming away with the victory.

  • Lady Devils pick up district road win

    It wasn’t easy, but the Harriman Lady Blue Devils picked up an important District 3-A victory Monday evening with a 6-5 triumph at Greenback.

    Monday’s game was almost two games in one, as the first three innings were played to a scoreless tie while the final four innings would see a combined 11 runs scored.

  • Midway picks up district win over Greenback, 5-3

    The Midway Green Wave jumped to 5-3 in District 3-A and 11-8 overall following a 5-3 win over Greenback on Monday.