Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s good to recall that we all are created equal


    Dear Bill — Under normal circumstances, we would address you with all the usual honoraria of the office which you hold, however, inasmuch as the entire thrust of this epistle is to address you as a man, a child of God, one who was as all men are, in the immortal words of Mr. Jefferson, “created equal”, we address you as just plain Bill.

  • Early vote strong, official says

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he’s been pleased with the turnout for early voting.

    Prior to its commencement on July 18, Holiway was encouraging people to take advantage of early voting because of a longer-than-usual ballot this year.

    Figures from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office showed 5,413 people voted early in Roane County through Wednesday.

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    Saturday is the final day to vote early.

  • Ice cream company grows in Roane County

    Blue Bell Ice Cream announced on Monday that the substantial expansion of its Roane County distribution center is now complete.

    The project, which started in January, takes the facility from less than 2,000 square feet to 12,500 square feet.

    “Our newly expanded facility will allow us to better serve the Knoxville and Johnson City markets,” branch manager Ricky Holladay said in a statement. “We are very appreciative of all the support we have received from our customers in the markets that we serve.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Summer reads take Laureate on regional journey

    After a lively visit with some relatives on their way home from the Smokies Sunday, I grabbed a book and sat down out on my covered porch for some much-needed quiet time.

    Storm alerts were being launched everywhere – severe thunderstorm warnings, flood warnings, tornado watches and warnings. The breeze felt nice while I read, and so I remained outdoors.

    Bruised skies to the north made it clear the threats were real. The thunder was faint, but visceral, like the rumbling of a hungry stomach.

  • Fishing rodeo brings out families for fun

    Roane County Park’s waterfront was brimming with children and their fishing poles Saturday for the 24th annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids.

    Five-year-old Julie Sherlin squealed delightedly, catching her first fish ever. She dubbed it a spiky fish.

    “I like spikey fish,” she told all who would hear gleefully.

    Her mother, Jennie Sherlin, helped her big brother Thomas fish as well.

    “You are so lucky Mommy knows how to fish,” she said.

    “I am so lucky; I fish, too,” agreed Julie.

  • Rockwood utility bills to rise

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas customers can expect to pay more soon.

    Rockwood City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to increase rates at their meeting Monday, at the request of Rockwood, Water, Sewer and Natural Gas officials.

    “The board looked at several options trying to make it an increase our customers could handle,” said manager Kim Ramsey to the Council.

  • Area teams look for answers in scrimmages


    All five Roane County high school football teams have reasons to be optimistic this season as all five return at least half their starters from a year ago.

    Despite that optimism, all five still have areas of concern and Friday night all but Oliver Springs will try to answer some of those questions with their first preseason scrimmage.

  • Solar-powered house open to public at OR museum

    The Living Light Solar House, an ambassador for good design and energy efficiency while at the University of Tennessee, is now open to the public at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    This newest exhibit was built by University of Tennessee students.

    UT donated the solar house to the Children’s Museum, where it arrived May 17.

    The new exhibit invites children and families to experience sustainability in an energy-efficient house recognized for its architectural design.

  • Well drilled in early 1900s along Obed River plugged

    An abandoned well drilled in the early 1900s on the banks of the Obed River has been plugged through a collaborative effort between Emory River Watershed Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the National Park Service.

    The well was at Potter’s Ford in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area.

    Project funding was obtained by the Emory River Watershed Association from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Environmental Restoration and Enhancement Project Program.

  • The Garden Gate: A marigold by any other name is still a versatile flower

    Classes to learn flower arranging are popular all over the world, and this great interest in flower artistry has led to the development of a great number of related industries.

    Within the last 30 years or so, the British, by their own account, have had a tremendous revival of interest in this ancient art.

    It has touched thousands of lives, raised the standards of floristry and caused a great revival of interest in the flower paintings, flower containers, books about the history of flowers and their uses, and in the development of new plants.