Today's News

  • Truth entrangled, but newspapers’ role stays clear

    Lyndon Johnson once said of Gerald Ford that  he “played too much football with his helmet off.”
    Theodore Roosevelt once called William Howard Taft “a fathead with the brains of a guinea pig.”
    Harper’s Weekly once described Ulysses S. Grant as “a drunken Democrat dragged out of the Galena (Ill.) gutter.”

  • IMPRESSIONS: Life is good – even after the IRS leaves note

    Did you notice your calendar Sunday? That’s what it said —10/10/10.
    If you add an extra “n” at the end of the third TEN (or delete the “e”) you get an abbreviation for our great state.
    How about that?

  • Harriman gas station bandit caught in act

    Harriman police caught a man breaking into gas pumps at the Exxon self-service station on Roane Street, where the pumps are enabled to take cash.
    William F. Packett, Harriman, was taken into custody.
    According to the Harriman Police Department, officers found Packett beating the machine on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 5:44 a.m.
    “When we drove into the lot the subject threw the tools down and fled, running on foot toward the high school,” according to the police report.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 13

    25 Years Ago

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Elizabeth K. Long, seat belt law Dec. 7, 2009. Guilty as charged Feb. 19, convicted.

    Amanda L. Parmer, seat belt law Dec. 19, 2009. Guilty as charged Feb. 19, convicted.

    Jacob C. Brown, speeding Dec. 9, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 19, traffic school.

    Izz-Aldin A. Mustafa, speeding Dec. 7, 2009. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 9.

  • October Sky fest plans finalized

    By Sharon Littlepage, For Roane Newspapers

    The Land of OS — Oliver Springs — is rolling out the welcome mat to visitors at the second annual October Sky Fall Festival to celebrate the family movie and the natural beauty of the area where the film was shot a decade ago.

    The Rocket Boys Parade at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 will kick off the all-day festival. The festival, at Arrowhead Park adjacent to Oliver Springs High School, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Actor Muse Watson to be guest at Secret City Film Festival

    Noted actor Muse Watson is scheduled to attend this year’s Secret City Film Festival on Oct. 14-17 at Oak Ridge Playhouse.

    Watson, who has appeared in dozens of films and television shows, will be the featured guest Saturday night at the film festival. He’s well known in Harriman for his work with the Princess Theater and its launching as a regional arts center.

  • Issac Lavern Blackman

    Issac Lavern Blackman celebrated his third birthday on Oct. 4 with a pizza party with relatives and friends.

    He is the son of Bertha Blackman and James Blackman.

    Grandparents are Tricia Allen and Henry Tarter, both of Harriman, and Louanna McCallan and Issac McCallan, both of Charlotte N.C.

    Great-grandmother is Cora Allen.

  • Cafe slammed when car goes out of control

    A parked van slammed into the side of a Kingston cafe after it was struck by another vehicle Monday afternoon.
    Kingston Police Officer Jerry Singleton said 85-year-old Merle Josephine Jones was driving on West Race Street when she ran off the roadway and struck a sign at the Ridenour and Ridenour law office. The car continued, striking the van at nearby Blue Moon Cafe before finally coming to rest at a guardrail.
    Blue Moon owner Charli Michaels said the van belonged to Joy Humphrey, a woman she works with.

  • Rumors unconfirmed on steel mill's leaving

    At least two metal industry trade magazines are reporting an anonymous source that ArcelorMittal — formerly Bayou Steel — will be closing its Harriman steel mill and moving operations to the LaPlace, La., plant.
    They are also reporting an anonymous source from the company denying the remark.
    The official word? There apparently isn’t one.