Today's News

  • Lady Bobcats shut out Lady Eagles in District 4A softball Monday night

    By Zach Selby

    Oliver Springs put its undefeated district record on the line when it took a wet and rainy field against Holly Dickerson and the Oakdale Lady Eagles and once again emerged victorious. The Lady Bobcats scored nine runs through the first three innings to cruise to an 11-0 shut out against the Lady Eagles.

    The win keeps the Lady Bobcats safely in first place, while also puts the Lady Eagles in last place.

  • Forrester, Garrett lead Kingston diamond teams weekend victories

    Brandon Forrester and Meredith Garrett led the Kingston baseball and softball teams to victories over the weekend. The Jackets defeate Knox Carter 8-1, while the Lady Jackets shut out Cleveland 11-0.

    Kingston 8, Carter 1: Brandon Forrester hurled the Yellow Jackets to their 8-1 victory over Knox Carter Friday night. He allowed one run on seven hits with three strikeouts, three walks and one hit batsman in the victory.

  • Roane water quality shows low lead levels

    Lead levels are a growing concern in the wake of the devestatingly high exposures found in Flint, Mich.’s, drinking water.

    Customers there found levels far beyond the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion, but local customers can rest assured that such levels aren’t a concern here based on local utilities’ water quality reports.

    Watts Bar Utility District Assistant Wesley Barger said utilities get no say in which customers are selected for testing. They merely provide the means to collect the sample.

  • Author Jim Haskell pitching ‘Two Tents’ in Kingston

    His hair-raising encounter with an angry black bear in the Smokies will be one of his stories about the Appalachian Trail that author Jim Haskell will share with people in Kingston Public Library on April 11.

    Haskell, who lives in Ipswich, Mass., will tell about his experiences of section hiking all 2,200 miles of America’s most famous footpath and his new book, “Two Tents: 21 Years of Discovery on the Appalachian Trail,” during the presentation at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

  • Money for Roane Anti-Drug Coalition

    State Rep. Kent Calfee, left, seen here with his wife, Marilyn, and Roger Parker of Renaissance Terrace, won $200 for Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s annual “Partnering for Charity” event in March.

    The charity giveaway is a highlight of THCA’s annual Legislative Conference, an event that brings long-term care professionals together with state lawmakers to discuss what it takes to provide quality services.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 11

    Get-well wishes are extended to Vincent Martin, who is a patient in Fort Sanders hospital. Remember him in your prayers.

    Earl Sammons was recently discharged form Oak Ridge hospital. He is now at The Bridge at Rockwood. He is much better than he was.

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of James Willie Jefferson, who passed away in Huntsville, Ala. He was the brother-in-law of Chenette Anderson Jefferson. Funeral service was at St. Peters United Methodist Church, with his brother, Pastor Danny Jefferson, who officiated.

  • United Way basketball game set

    Roane County United Way’s second annual fundraising basketball game will begin at 7 p.m. April 15 at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    County, city and business leaders in Roane County will play in this game.

    Admission is $5.

  • 'Lives are changed here' at Holy Rollers

    The business name may be a play on words, but Holy Rollers’ employees are very serious about their ministry.

    Tammy Lowe, Nikki Conley and Stephanie Lewis operate the shop on East Race Street in Kingston. But it’s not really work for the trio as much as it is a blessing for them and their clientele.

    “We don’t push Christianity or our lifestyle,” said Lowe. “We wait for people to talk to us, And you know who to minister to, and who needs it by talking to them.

  • ORISE contract awarded

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science recently awarded a $1.4 billion contract to Oak Ridge Associated Universities to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

    The initial contract term will be through Sept. 30, 2020.

    The department recognizes superior performance through phased extensions beyond the initial term of the contract for up to a total of five additional years, if the contractor meets performance criteria developed by DOE.

  • More than lunch special at Twelve Oaks

    Readers may remember that Pennybacker House Restaurant was my wife Carol’s brainchild in 1996.

    She presented her ideas to potential investors and spearheaded the effort to buy the house and create the restaurant.

    After five years of successful operation, Pennybacker House Restaurant closed because it was unable to find key employees.

    Gibson Girls later operated there until the owner passed away.

    The Pennybacker family built the original house. Augusta Neergaard, daughter of a Danish nobleman, purchased the mansion in 1869.