Today's News

  • Soak in Roane

    The Roane Alliance is embarking on an ambitious tourism promotion that invites visitors to absorb a wide range of the many cultural, historical and recreational opportunities Roane County has to offer.

    The Alliance kicked off the “Soak in Roane” campaign at an event held at Fort Southwest Point Wednesday that was commemorated with a salute from an 18th-century black powder cannon.

  • Harriman fire chief finalist for Ala. job

    Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey is in the running for a fire chief position in Madison, Ala.

    Bailey, who has been with the Harriman Fire Department for a bit more than a year, is one of three finalists.

    A final decision will be made early next month.

    “I love it here. I told the city manager this has nothing to do with people. We have great relationships, especially everyone in the fire department and everyone in the city,” said Bailey.

  • Plateau Park gets state aid

    The state has awarded Plateau Partnership Park a $469,350 site development grant. Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced the grant last week.

    “Providing more opportunities for citizens in rural Tennessee is one of our top priorities and with the assistance of the site development grants, the rural communities receiving these grants will be ready for investment and economic success,” Haslam was quoted in a press release.

    Plateau Partnership Park was one of 18 sites around the state to receive a grant.

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  • Dumping trash from dumpster spells trouble

    Rockwood police responded to the 800 block of North Chamberlain Avenue on March 13 regarding a man acting suspicious inside a dumpster. They encountered 19-year-old Shaun Keith Smith Jr., who was reportedly throwing trash on the ground from inside the dumpster. He was cited for littering and instructed to clean up the trash he took out of the dumpster.

    That wasn’t the last encounter police would have with Smith, however. Sgt. Jason Halliburton was dispatched back to the same dumpster a few hours later.

  • Appeals court upholds Leon Houston conviction

    Leon Houston didn’t get any relief from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals this time.

    Last week a three-judge panel upheld his federal conviction for transmitting a threat via interstate commerce.

    “We affirm the judgment of the district court,” the panel said.

  • Go Behind the Scenes at Kern’s

    Knox Heritage members will be treated to an April 7 “behind the scenes” tour of renovations to the Kern’s Bakery building at 2110 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville.

    The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available on site.

    The Art Deco building, dating back to 1931 has enjoyed a long history of prominence in South Knoxville.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: State eyes open government legislation

    Last year the state legislature looked at several bills related to open records and open government.

    This year the legislature is again considering several bills related to transparency in government.

    Several of these bill were referred to committee to be reviewed. One bill that could be up for a vote this session involved the release of records pertaining to investigations of police shootings conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Isn’t it time we gave consideration for students?

    Gentle Reader, we suspect that not only every reader, but also every one who knows the least thing about the old curmudgeon knows that he is firmly opposed to the scheme to consolidate the five high schools in Roane County into one humongous assemblage of students, estimated we understand to number two thousand or more in number.

  • Oliver Springs fall 4-2 to Coalfield

    By Michael Lindsay
    Longtime rivals Oliver Springs and Coalfield opened District 4A play on Monday against each other. This matchup was different, however, as legendary Coalfield coach and Oliver Springs native Garry Kreis passed away earlier in the morning. Kreis’ passing has brought the two communities together.