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Today's News

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The stories telling of the new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives instituting the reading of the Constitution at the beginning of the session was interesting.
    While we approve strongly of the Representatives reading the Constitution, as we think every citizen should read it periodically, in the case of the law-makers, it might raise the calibre of the laws they adopt if, in lieu of the Constitution, they were to read these selfsame laws before voting on them.

  • Blaze strikes Harriman home

    Harriman firefighters responded to a fire off Ruritan Road Monday morning.
    “Upon arrival of the first engine we had extensive heavy smoke that was coming from the whole structure,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said.
    Nobody was home at the time. Ruth Hendrickson, the resident of the single-story home at 103 Douglas Way, was out of town, Goss said.
    “The lady had been ill and had been staying with family out-of-town,” Goss said.
    While smoke and heat damaged much of the house, the fire itself was contained to only a portion.

  • Sunshine law loophole affects Tiger Haven sanctuary tour

    The public could find itself shut out if the Roane County Commission takes a tour of Tiger Haven thanks to a loophole in the Sunshine Law.
    The section regarding public meetings says a “meeting does not include any on-site inspection of any project or program.”
    Richard Hollow, an attorney for the Tennessee Press Association, said that means the commission could go on the tour and not have to allow the public to come along.

  • Electric bill too high? Here's why

    Customer service representatives at area utility companies are frequently hearing an all-too-common question these days:

    Why is my electric bill so high?

    While no two electricity consumers are exactly the same, Volunteer Energy Cooperative offers some common factors that are driving electric bills up this winter.

    Record cold temperatures

    According to the National Weather Service, Chattanooga experienced the sixth coldest December on record with a monthly average temperature of 35.9 degrees.

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville honors

    A number of University of Tennessee at Knoxville students from Roane County earned academic honors for fall term.

    They are:

    Summa Cum Laude
    4.0-3.8 term average

    Harriman — Hubert Gibson and Britanny Lively.

    Kingston — Charlotte Bayer, Ashley Carter, Richard Christensen, Kevin Hensley, Hannah Lay, Kyle Roschli, Katharine Vanlandingham, Graham Waldrip and Sarah Waldrip.

  • Free tax help offered in Kingston starting Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 1-April 12 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    AARP Tax-Aide is one of the nation’s largest free  volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Tusculum College graduates

    Nine Tusculum College students from Roane County were among the Greeneville institution’s 251 recent graduates.

    Earning master’s degrees in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction were Talisha S. Oran of Harriman; Jessica M. Chasteen, Darlita D. Evans and Laura S. McCormick of Kingston; and Jessica D. Jackson, Stephen P. Johnson and Melissa G. Worth of Rockwood.

  • Bowers’ delayed ‘Moosical’ a hit

    The weather may have forced two postponements of Bowers Elementary School’s Christmas program, but the post-holiday production created a magical festive mood for the audience and cast.

    More than 200 costumed kindergarten, first-, second- and third-graders presented “A Holiday Moosical” before a standing-room-only audience on Jan. 4.

  • Freeman to be guest speaker at Beech Park

    Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a special service with Evangelist Ken Freeman on Jan. 23.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the church at 1085 E. Tri County Blvd.

    Freeman will also lead a youth event at 6:30 p.m.

    With an ability to connect to people of any age group, culture or background, Freeman has a passion to bring people to know Christ and to make a deeper, more intimate, commitment to Him.

  • RMC seeks guidance from area clergy

    Roane Medical Center, Harriman, will seek the direction of spiritual care leaders of Roane County during a spiritual care forum on Feb. 5.

    “We are always looking for ways to better meet the spiritual needs of our patients and staff, as this is an important component to the patient care provided at the hospital,” said Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center.