Today's News

  • GOING with the FLO: Find a way to become informed, get involved


    This past weekend, I listened to Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin’s urgency as he stressed the dangers we are facing today and how he feels that America has one last, best chance.

    God raised Donald Trump up for “such a time as this” just as he did Winston Churchill, by using him to save the world in World War II.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Almost all of us were white supremacists once

    Gentle reader, not quite a month has passed since we wrote bemoaning the growth of ignorance and the accompanying spread of efforts to “unknow” our real and actual history, and to foist off upon us an ersatz version of that history. We suppose that this is just another aspect of Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts”.

    We encountered such an effort to recite supposed history in a recent letter to the editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel (13 Sept.) wherein the correspondent writes:

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next week.

    Commodity foods will be distributed in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

    The following day, Sept. 29, is when Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up foods. That schedule is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


    In a 3-2 decision filed Wednesday, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld two lower court decisions that tossed out Tom McFarland’s complaint over the 2014 circuit court judge election.

    McFarland lost the race to Mike Pemberton. After the defeat, he sought to have the results voided by filing a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court.

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and the Court of Appeals determined the complaint was time-barred. The Supreme Court agreed.

  • Griffin out at animal shelter

    Director John Griffin is no longer with the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “He’s still employed for a time period,” County Executive Ron Woody said Thursday, “but not at the shelter.”

    He added, “He won’t go back to the shelter.”

    Woody said a number of things led to the decision.

    For many rescue groups, it is cause for celebration. Members of those groups have complained Griffin did not do enough to work with others to relieve the facility’s overcrowding issues.

  • ‘I hate Valentine’s Day’

    Tabatha Clark’s life changed forever on Valentine’s Day. So much so that she dreads when Feb. 14 rolls around.

    “I hate Valentine’s Day now,” Tabatha said.

    Tabatha and her family were victims in an automobile wreck that occurred on Feb. 14, 2015, on Highway 70 in Midtown. Robin Ledbetter, a prescription drug addict in a stupor, crashed into them head-on.

    Tabatha and her son Leaf survived, but husband Terrance was killed.

  • Lady Tigers can’t stop Devils’ onslaught

    By Melissa Coley


    The sun was bright, the air was warm but the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils bats were as hot as a cat on a tin roof on a summer day Saturday morning at Flour Mill Flats ballfield.

    Harriman jumped out to an 11-1 lead after two innings before Rockwood settled down and held the Devils scoreless for the remainder of the first game. Rockwood’s Sam Tilley was able to cross the plate in the top of the third giving her team their second run of the game.

  • Harriman and Cherokee square off in twin-bill

    By Melissa Coley


    Friday evening the Cherokee Yellow Jackets traveled to Harriman for some middle school softball action. Maddie Ladd put on a show with 14 strikeouts and her team gave her five runs to work with which was enough to give the Lady Devils the win and the shutout by a score of 5-0.

    It was three up three down in the first for the visiting Lady Jackets as the first two hitters were Ladd’s first victims of the “K” attack.

  • Tigers/Devils: one for the ages

    The Rockwood Tigers will travel down to Harriman to renew the longest continuous football rivalry in the state Thursday evening at Wallace Black Stadium.

    The Rockwood and Harriman rivalry started way back in 1921 and the two schools have played one another every year since 1924. This year’s game will mark the 98th meeting of the teams.

    “It’s a huge game,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said, “it’s the longest consecutive rivalry in the state of Tennessee.

    “It’s just a huge game for both teams.”

  • Happenings on the hill

    The second edition of this column has a lot different feel to it than I would have imagined last week.
    I was pretty sure that the Vol’s would get their offense rolling and we could pull out the victory in the swamp, as we all know that didn’t happen.
    Let’s rewind to last year at the Georgia game. That’s a play all of the Vol fans will remember forever. It’s still the topic of a lot of football conversations.