Today's News

  • Ayers asst. director at tech center

    Chris Ayers has joined the staff of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman as assistant director.

    He assumed his new position on July 1.

    “I am excited to be coming to Roane County to help become a liaison between technical education and business and industry for this area,” Ayers said.

    Ayers comes to the Harriman center from Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro. He has more than 13 years of technical education experience.

  • Hepler, Stout new to board

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed seven new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.

    Chris Hepler of Oliver Springs and Scott Stout of Rockwood are among the new members filling vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens’ panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE on its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Tigers battle Bulldogs in final fall scrimmage



  • Goins to play for Tennessee Tech

    Big things often come in small packages.

    That’s the case for Harriman’s Haylee Goins as the Blue Devils senior CF recently signed scholarship papers with Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens.

  • Rabies scare rattles Roane resident

    Carol Golliher is accustomed to seeing wild animals in her rural Roane County neighborhood.
    But when a suspicious-looking skunk waddled into her front yard last Thursday morning, she was concerned it might be carrying the deadly rabies virus.
    “It would walk a little ways, and then it would fall over,” Golliher said.
    Golliher’s home health nurse was the first one to encounter the struggling skunk.
    “She said, ‘Do you know you’ve got a skunk in your front yard?’

  • Road or creek bed? Court asked

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency legal counsel Sheryl Holtam said Wednesday she had yet to see the complaint Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland filed against the agency in chancery court.
    “It’s kind of hard to comment since I haven’t seen the complaint,” she said.
    The complaint accuses the TWRA of blocking a county road. Holtam said the road in question is more of a trail than anything else.
    “It looks like a creek bed,” she said.

  • Be on alert for real estate scam

    Roane County property owners should beware of an ongoing telephone-solicitation scam.
    According to Kathy May-Martin of Coldwell Banker in Kingston, callers claiming to work for a Florida real estate company are offering vacant-property owners a sweet deal if they pay part of the “commission” up front.
    Those who pay aren’t likely to see any money — except the what disappears from their bank account.

  • UT ‘Power T’ found in tomato

    A University of Tennessee fan with ties to this area found an unusual connection to the area — just in time for the start of football season.
    William H. Grant, who is retired and living in Oklahoma, but whose mother lives in the area, grew a ”Mr. Stripey” heirloom tomato with  a surprise inside.
    When the colorful tomato, most often known for its tiger stripes, was sliced for sandwiches one day, in its middle it revealed a “Power T,” the nickname for the University of Tennessee-style “T.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Is entrenched hot spell finally (finally!) over?

    It’s not quite official as I write this, but it may be so as you read it.
    The extended heat spell has broken.
    As I look at the 10-day forecast for our area, there isn’t a 90-degree temperature in sight. I know, I know. That could change, and it just might.
    But I repeat, the extended heat spell has broken.
    We should be dancing in the streets.
    I want to complain about the stifling heat of this summer and how, in response, I haven’t hiked, biked or paddled my kayak as much as usual.

  • GUEST OPINION: Loyal employee lawsuit against schools in court

    First Amendment Center
    A former employee with a Nevada school district will have her day in court after a federal district judge ruled she had a clearly established right to attend a public meeting and sit next to her former boss.

    Kathleen Nichols was an employee with the Washoe County School District, where she worked as an administrative assistant to the district’s general counsel, Jeffrey Blanck.