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Today's News

  • Equipment failure puts raw sewage in Emory

    Raw sewage overflowed from a malfunctioning pump station in Harriman this weekend.

    “We had an equipment failure at the Walnut Hill pump station that caused the pumps not to start as the level in the wet well rose creating the overflow. This is not normal operating procedure and we continually are working on ways to prevent this type of occurrence,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager.

    The station is on the bank where the inlet from the Emory River comes in across from Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • Harriman officials OK splash pad study

    Harriman is moving forward with plans to develop a splash pad for local youth.

    The proposed cost of the splash pad is around $400,000, and officials gave City Manager Kevin Helms the OK to start looking at moving forward but not spending money yet.

  • Roane County Jail certified for another year

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail for another year on Wednesday.

    “We’re excited to keep that certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The TCI inspected the Roane County Jail twice this year – once in August and again in October. Overcrowding issues were noted during both inspections. Stockton said there’s not much his office can do about that.

  • GOING with the FLO: The way we view history affects how we live today

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans today are uninformed or misinformed about the truth of our American history. Our nation’s history has been rewritten or altered and our educational system is receiving an altered view of history.

    “I know of no other way of judging the future than by the past.” (Patrick Henry) We must remember that Thomas Jefferson said, “History, by appraising the past, will enable them to judge of the future. “

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Pre-war Christmas shopping and other observances

    Gentle reader, here we are at the ides of December, and the world is awash in unrest, turmoil, white trash and Trump, but the Old Curmudgeon refuses to be depressed or downcast.

    It may be because he is deep into his second childhood, but he cannot help but be overcome, even overwhelmed with the spirit of Christmas.

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    Bears Ears, Codetalkers, Pocahontas, and Keystone Pipeline: All refer to the most recent controversies in our uniquely United States’ version of one of history’s most enduring stories.

    Initiated when an array of European people encountered an even more diverse array of indigenous Americans in the 15th and 16th centuries, this encounter took on many forms and evokes an array of responses that continue in 2017.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Screen Door Café sure to wow you

    I’m always looking for unique places for my “Out to Lunch” articles. You’ll want to plan to visit the latest unique restaurant we selected.

    “You guys ought to eat at the Screen Door Café, in Dayton,” Louise Turbyville Shipwash told my wife Carol, during a recent bridge group gathering they have regularly.

    “I’ve enjoyed eating there twice, and the food is great.”

  • Harriman middle drops pair

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils and Blue Devils travelled to Lenoir City on Monday night to take on the Lady Panthers and Panthers of Lenoir City Middle School in some hoops action.

    The week didn’t start off well for the Big Blue as neither team was able to secure a victory against Lenoir City as the Lady Devils fell by a score of 35-16 and the Blue Devils lost by a score of 40-17.

    The Lady Devils were unable to get much offense going on Monday night as the Lady Panthers didn’t have much of a problem putting up points on the scoreboard.

  • Lenoir City claws Rockwood

    By Damichael Cole

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    On a wet and rainy day outside, the Rockwood Tigers girls and boys basketball teams took the court against the Lenoir City Panthers.

    Rain and darkness are a combination that don’t usually lead to the best of days, and it was hard for the Tigers to weather the storm on Tuesday night.

    In the first game, the girls faced a tenacious Panthers defense that constantly created pressure defensively, making it hard on the Tigers offense.

  • OSMS and MMS split games

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Midway’s Emmy Taylor scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had 6 steals to lead her team to a 49-20 victory over the Lady Bobcats of Oliver Springs on Monday evening.

    The Lady Green Waves came out with an aggressive full court press that stunned OS and forced numerous turnovers. Taylor and teammate Stella Tilley combined for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in the first frame to take the early 12-3 lead.