Today's News

  • This week's hoops schedule

    Monday, Jan. 24

    Area 4 AA Tournament (Harriman)

    Rockwood at Oakdale (High School)

    Wartburg at Kingston (High School)

  • Cherokee splits with Midway

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Midway Green Waves split a pair of games Thursday at Midway.

    The Lady Jackets opened the evening with a 26-16 victory in the girls game then Midway followed with a 39-35 victory in the final game of the evening.

  • Rockwood wins Tiger battle

    The Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers picked up a sweep Thursday night when they knocked off the visiting Sunbright Tigers at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.

  • Scott takes two from Kingston

    The Scott Lady Highlanders used a combination of 15 team steals and a 4-1 three-point shooting tilt to take a 49-43 win over the Kingston Lady Jackets in a key District 4-AA game for both teams.

  • Communities continue to rely on newspapers

    Founding father Thomas Jefferson said in 1787, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
    In small towns across America, Mr. Jefferson’s words seem to ring true today. A study recently released by the National Newspaper Association shows that communities served by local newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information.

  • 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.