Today's News

  • How time flies! Week 10 is upon us

    How time flies! It is now week 10 of the high school football season, with three of the five county teams in action tonight — Sunbright at Midway, Rockwood at Wartburg and Harriman at Greenback.
    Two of three games are Region 2-1A games and the other is a Region 2-2A game. All three will  have some bearing on the playoffs, which begins Nov. 4.
    Greenback leads Region 2-1A leads with a 4-0 record, followed by Oneida (4-1), Coalfield (3-1), Harriman (2-2), Jellico (1-3), Midway (1-4) and Sunbright (0-4).

  • Kingston soccer team ends season at district

    The Kingston Lady Jacket soccer team were elimination from the District 4A/AA last week.
    The Lady Jackets played Oneida in the first round of the district tournament and beat them 3-2 in overtime. MacKenzie Bunch scored two goals, and MacKenzie Haba scored the winning goal in the second 10 minute overtime.

  • Midway cross country team runs well in Cove Lake meet

    The Midway cross country teams participated in the Cove Lake Invitational at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville last week.
    The Lady Waves finished sixth with 138 points behind Knoxville Ambassadors (28), while the Green Wave took ninth with 259 points behind Knoxville Ambassadors (55).

  • GLIMPSES: More reflections on the Electoral College

    By Mark Banker

    Why have Americans, to date, not abandoned the flawed electoral college system?

    First, readers should realize that the system actually worked once — when George Washington received all of the electoral votes in 1788. But midway through Washington’s presidency, the emergence of political parties assured that the Founders’ cumbersome electoral apparatus would never again adhere to its original design.

  • She wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

    Marcella Griffis was nearly 50 when she found her true calling.

    The Harriman mother of four was driving a school bus for the Michael Dunn Center in Morgan County when she met a little girl and her sister who were being neglected at home.

    Griffis did what she could for Priscilla “Prissy” and Kathy, both of whom needed baths and clothes on a regular basis.

    And, she notified the Department of Human Services in Morgan County about the situation, but was told “there was nothing they could do.”

  • Trio breathe life into ‘God’s Man in Texas’

    Roane State Community College is offering a new production in “God’s Man in Texas.”

    The play has only three actors: Corey Jones, Tre Pack and Larry Schenk, and all three bring vastly different characters to life.

  • Harriman using mailing to push for sales tax hike

    Early voting for the Nov. 8 election starts Wednesday, and Harriman officials are hoping city residents approve the sales-tax referendum that’s on the ballot.

    So much so that the City Council voted last week to send a postcard to residents about the referendum.

    “I’m tickled to see this going out,” Harriman Mayor Wayne Best said. “I hope everybody reads it, because we really need the referendum to go through.”

  • United Way seeks grant applications

    Community Investment and Community Enhancement grant applications will be available on the Roane County United Way Roane website beginning Nov. 1. Visit www.unitedwayroane.org/non-profits/community-impact for applications.

    Community Investment is the phase in strategic community initiatives to implement long-lasting change for all Roane County residents. The grant’s goal is to help community members achieve financial stability, enhanced levels of education and job qualification and healthier lifestyles.

  • Plane as day

    Derrick Headrick president of the Tennessee Eagles Radio Controlled Aircraft Club, shows off a trainer plane at the recent air show at the club field in Harriman.

    The show raised $1,000 for the Children’s Fund.

  • Hospital offering help with medicine costs

    Roane Medical Center’s Patient Drug Assistance Program is accepting new patients.

    With or without prescription medication insurance, costs associated with monthly maintenance medication can be crippling, said Ryan Reddick, Roane Medical Center’s director of pharmacy.