Today's News

  • City & County Meetings

    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    • Harriman City Court will convene at 5 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Harriman City Council will meet in regular work-shop session at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.


  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: War, slavery, & Emancipation Proclamation

    Gentle reader; as promised, we will continue and conclude what we began last week.

    You will recall in that column, entitled “What did Emancipation Proclamation really do?”, we began a discussion of the inaccuracy of the claim that the Civil War was fought to preserve slavery.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community.

    It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.

  • GUEST OPINION — Fear: Clearly freedom’s most dangerous foe


    First Amendment Center

    The Confederate battle flag is coming down in South Carolina, on store shelves and on license plates, and for most Americans, that’s just fine, even if we differ over its meaning.

    And therein is the real change.

  • Gallaher pleads guilty in Harvey case

    Eric Glenn Gallaher pleaded guilty Friday morning to voluntary manslaughter in the death of David Lee Harvey.

    Harvey died after being punched by Gallaher outside the Grill & Pub bar on July 23, 2011.

    Gallaher received a three-year sentence on the voluntary manslaughter charge and a six-year sentence in an unrelated drug case. The terms will run consecutive for a total sentence of nine years.

  • Resource officers get a workout
  • Grant money available for home repairs

    Low-income homeowners living in Kingston, Rockwood and the unincorporated areas of Roane County will have the opportunity to spruce up their homes, thanks to HOME grants awarded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

    Each government entity will receive $250,000 toward repairs.

    “Anytime we can get a grant to help people rehab their homes, it’s good,” Kingston Mayor Tim Neal said. “It’s good for the city, and it’s good for the citizens.”

    The $750,000 total is the maximum THDA can allocate in one county.

  • Roane Imagination Library program expansion continues – thanks to help

    Roane Imagination Library continues to expand its reach, touching the lives of more Roane County children than ever.

    More than 1,950 books are being purchased and sent to Roane County children each month — a saturation rate of around 81 percent.

    Pro2Serve’s Barry Goss once again is donating $5,000 for a matching challenge grant for Roane Imagination Library’s annual campaign.

    Barry Stephenson of MCLinc has given $2,000 for matching funds as well.

  • Case dismissed for Kingston 911 abuser

    Dennis Lowery’s attempts to get a ride got him arrested, but that didn’t lead to a conviction.

    His criminal charge for making 911 calls in non-emergency situations was dismissed in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    “My understanding is that the defendant is addressing an underlying issue that might explain his conduct,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Pastor asking for help