Today's News

  • REACHing out
  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: First Amendment will work — if we still have it

    Our First Amendment freedoms will work — if we still have them around to use.

    Those five freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — have been challenged at various times in our nation’s history, as many would say they are today.

    But the very freedoms themselves provide the means and mechanisms for our society to self-correct those challenges, perhaps a main reason why the First Amendment has endured, unchanged, since Dec. 15, 1791.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Tammaros’ compassion inspiring

    I was driving around the county Monday looking for interesting holiday images to photograph when I got a call from the newsroom asking me to stop by an address on Allison Drive in Harriman where a fire had occurred Sunday afternoon.

    I expected to stop by the house, take the photo and head back to the office.

    When I got to the house it was apparent the home was a total loss. I also saw a vehicle parked in the driveway. I could have taken the photo and left but I noticed a couple of people in the garage.

  • HMS, OSMS split in-county games

    The Harriman Middle School traveled to Oliver Springs Middle School Monday for two basketball games between the county rivals.
    The Lady Bobcats rallied to pick up a 32-26 victory over the Lady Devils, while the Blue Devils picked up a nail-biting 50-49 victory.
    OSMS 32, HMS 26: The Lady Devils showed how much improvement they have made, as they built a halftime lead over the Lady 'Cats. OSMS is a good basketball team, as they came out fighting when their backs were against the wall.

  • Yellow Jackets buzz past Green Wave

    The Cherokee Middle School basketball teams were in fine form Monday against Midway Middle School, as the Lady Jackets picked up a 46-28 victory and Yellow Jackets continued to roll, swarming past the Green Wave 53-26.
    CMS 46, MMS 28: Skylar Brackett used her 15-point night to guide the Lady Jackets past the Lady Waves.

  • Oliver Springs, Oakdale split district games

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats split a District 4A double-header at Oakdale Friday evening, as the Lady 'Cats defeated the Lady Eagles 50-31, but the Eagles defeated the Bobcats 54-46 to salvage the split.
    Oliver Springs 50, Oakdale 31: Alivia Baker pumped in 15 points with three rebounds to lead the Lady 'Cats, while Allysa Suttles added 10 points with five rebounds, six assists and four steals. Ashley Armstrong had eight points with eight rebounds.
    Destiny Ruppe led Oakdale with 11 points.

  • Rockwood loses twice to visiting Cloudland

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Cloudland Highlanders’ 177-mile trip to Rockwood High School would prove to be a worthy one, as they swept the Tigers on their home court Monday night.
    Cloudland 36, Rockwood 34: The Rockwood Lady Tigers lost a last-second heartbreaker to the Cloudland Lady Highlanders by a score of 36-34 Monday night.

  • Rockwood swept in Tigers vs. Tigers rematch

    The Rockwood basketball teams dropped a pair of District 3A games Friday night to Meigs County in another Tigers vs. Tigers battle in the Dr.  TomEvans Gymnasium. The Meigs Lady Tigers defeated Rockwood 61-46 and the Meigs County Tigers bested Rockwood 65-39 to sweep the season series, after Meigs County won both games in Decatur on Dec. 9.
    Meigs County 61, Rockwood 46: "We made too many mistakes. I thought we ran out of gas and we couldn't knock down any shots," said Rockwood Coach Amy Breazeale.

  • Eight years later, and ‘everything is fine’

    Craig Zeller, a remedial project manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Division, oversaw cleanup of the TVA ash spill during the final years of the restoration.

    Zeller said this week that no problems have been detected at the site since the cleanup was completed in 2015.

    “Everything is functioning at the closed cell the way it was designed/constructed,” Zeller said via email. “Groundwater quality remains fine around the perimeter, etc.”