Today's News

  • OUT to LUNCH:Burgers still a staple at Bob’s, but new entrées shine, too

    “Burgers, barbecue pork and grilled-chicken sandwiches are the most popular items, plus the fried bologna sandwich,” Bob Alford told me when I was writing an “Out to Lunch” article on Bob’s Burgers in April 2008.

    He started Bob’s Burgers and, in 2008, owned it with his wife, Debbie.

    Gosh, it doesn’t seem like it was seven years ago. On the 2008 visit, I ordered the well-known “Burger.”

    The Alfords decided to hang it up earlier this year. The Midtown restaurant, still bearing the founder’s name, is up and running under new ownership.

  • Faux Elvis, Dolly at Boogie Night

    Roane Writers Group will present its Boogie Night fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 in Rockwood Event Center at 120 W. Rockwood St.

    Greg Johnson’s Legends with impersonators of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton will be the headline event.

    Attractions also include a wine and beer bar, buffet, contests and life auction.

    Tickets are $25 per person or $50 per couple, with a 15-percent discount offered for teachers.

    Event is for adults only; RSVP by contacting Sharon Higa at 512-7936 or blueunicorn1@bellsouth.net.

  • Senator says OR ‘brain power’ key to success

    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander thinks the East Tennessee region can capitalize on the “brain power” of Oak Ridge to increase economic opportunities for the area.

    One way he wants to do that is to see the area rename a highway from McGhee Tyson Airport to Oak Ridge the Oak Ridge Corridor.

    “I can think of no better calling card for a job recruiter than to be able to go anywhere in the world and say, ‘I’m from the Oak Ridge Corridor,” said Alexander.

  • Man accused of threatening to kill mother-in-law

    A Philadelphia man has been charged with aggravated assault and vandalism stemming from an incident in which authorities said he threatened to kill his mother-in-law.

    Warrants against Mitch C. Pennington are the result of a domestic call Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Edwards responded to at 292 Pattie Gap Road around midnight on Aug. 21.

    Pennington is accused of making threats, including threatening to kill his mother-in-law and vandalizing her vehicle while she was still inside.

  • Harriman girl in the winner’s circle at Speedway

    At 16 years old, Amber Frost does a lot of things other teens do.

    She has a lot of friends and is a cheerleader at Harriman High School.

    One thing that differentiates the Lady Devil senior from her peers, however, is that she recently made history by becoming the first female to win a season points championship at Wartburg Speedway.

    “It feels really good to know that I’m the first girl to win the track championship at Wartburg,” Frost said after winning the Pony division title.


    A Harriman woman was cited after a crash with multiple injuries that resulted in two Lifestar helicopter units airlifting patients to University of Tennessee Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.

    “One vehicle was stopped at a red light. The other vehicle ran into the back of it,” said Harriman patrolman Steve Hart.

    Hart said Kristy McGill, 40, of Harriman, was driving a truck that rear-ended a car driven by Tammy Lowe of Harriman.

    Lowe’s vehicle was in the southbound lane of Hwy. 27 at the traffic light at Ruritan Road.

  • Houston back in E. Tenn.

    After spending more than a year in a Kentucky federal prison, Leon Houston is back in East Tennessee.

    He was booked into the Knox County Jail on Friday.

    Last month, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordered the U.S. Marshals to transport Houston back to the area for a motion hearing and scheduling conference, which is set for Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    Houston, 56, was convicted in November 2013 for threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.

  • Annual street festival making more of a joyful noise

    We East Tennesseans bid farewell to summer in a big way on Labor Day weekend.
    The University of Tennessee Volunteers open football season with orange pride on Saturday in Nashville.
    Boomsday, Knoxville’s fireworks spectacular for 28 years, takes its final bow with a bang on Sunday.
    But in The RoCo, it’s Harriman that takes center stage.


    A TRIO OF TRIADS: A 3-on-3 basketball tournament for ages 10-16; teams can be co-ed. 11 a.m. Monday, Fred R. Davis Park (formerly Triangle Park), Harriman. 321-2130, or visit the Bria-Shannel Committee on Facebook for details.

    HORSIN’ AROUND: Two-day East Tennessee Cutting Horse Association show. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Roane State Expo Center’s indoor arena. Free to spectators. Lynn Hicks at 423-741-1435 or hhicks@btes.tv.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will Bill get government out of government?

    As this is written, we know not what the next steps will be in the case of the Kentucky official who has been refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, claiming that to do so would violate her religious principles.

    There seems to be a lot of that going around these days, with folks claiming that their religious principles are endangered by baking wedding cakes, or providing flowers for wedding ceremonies, etc., etc.