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Today's News

  • OFF the CUFF: He was The Dog God Brought Us

    Simba, King o’ the Pekes and The Absolute Best Dog in the World, went to the Rainbow Bridge at about 1:30 a.m. on a cloud-filled spring day while resting in the lap of His Amie.

    He leaves behind His Amie and His Mommy, both of whom are inconsolable.

    A white Pekingese with big eyes and a fluffy tail, he was a little dog who made a big impact.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: “He’s crazy, a real nut job!” Quoth the Donald

    Before we get into this week’s main topics we need to apprise the gentle reader of a few other matters.

    First, we owe a reply to the Rockwood young ladies who kindly wrote us a nice letter a few days ago, but we do not intend to devote less attention to that reply than the original letter merits. However, we hope to be in position to publish our reply next week, or the week following at the latest.

    Secondly, by sheer coincidence, we have encountered a couple of items bearing upon the subject of last week’s column which we thought we should mention.

  • Saturday winds take out trees, leave over 7,000 without power

    It was brief, but high winds that breezed through Saturday evening did quite a bit of damage, knocking down trees and leaving many areas without power.

    Roane County Central Dispatch had 60 calls related to the high winds, most of which were on their non-emergency number and concerned trees across roadways.

    “No one was injured due the storm. No injuries were reported to us that I was made aware of,” said Chuck Hiatt, Operations Chief of Office of Emergency Services.

  • Mega high school sure to shoot up Harriman tax rate

    Harriman residents could lose their high school and pay a higher property tax rate than others to fund a new one.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the reason can be traced back to when Harriman had its own school system. The county borrowed money for school projects, and didn’t tax the residents of Harriman.

    “When the county borrowed the money, they did not give Harriman any of the proceeds, so Harriman has never paid for this debt,” Woody said.

    The debt is in Fund 152, which the county calls Rural Debt Service.

  • After 56 years, Wampler a Harriman High grad

    Donnie Joe Wampler now has his diploma from Harriman High School.

    He gave up the chance to get one with the rest of his classmates when he was a teenager. But because he left school to go join the military, the Roane County Board of Education awarded him with an honorary diploma at Thursday’s meeting.

    “You don’t know how proud I am today,” he told the meeting crowd, which gave him a standing ovation.

    “I’m proud of my country. I served it loyally for 27 years.”

  • Man, youth accused of vandalizing Harriman band concession stand

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man and juvenile were charged with felony vandalism, burglary and other charges related to damage they did to a number of properties, including the Harriman High School football concession stand at Wallace-Black Field.

    In a release, the Harriman Police Department said K-9 Officer Brian Turner and Sgt. James Wadsworth responded to a vandalism complaint at 715 Siluria St. in Harriman at 6:41 a.m. May 20.

  • From the COUNTY: Much to ponder with school plan

    By Ron Woody

    With all the Facebook chatter and newspaper articles, I thought it would be beneficial to reduce to writing some points and issues that have been or will be considered as we progress forward in our understanding and implementing a plan of education for the future.

    In fall 2015, the first discussions began in regard to the future of education in Roane County. Some of the first community meetings took place in summer 2016 and continued through winter 2016.

  • FACES of our FUTURE
  • GLIMPSES: Unite over brazen Party solicitation

    A self-imposed early deadline and the nauseating nonstop commentary coming out of Washington make this a good time to vent a personal peeve.

    This less-than-earth-shattering concern, however, is hardly mine alone. If citizens from across the political spectrum came together to address this annoyance, we might begin to rediscover the endangered American tradition of governance.

  • Estranged husband said to wield axe handle in fight

    Harriman police arrested a man who was reportedly swinging an axe handle in an altercation near Little Caesars on Roane Street.

    Jerry Butler II, 45, of 905 Unaka St., Harriman, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and vandalism in the Monday fracas.

    Jerry Griffin told police  Butler struck him with an axe handle in an altercation that drew onlookers from nearby area businesses.