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Today's News

  • Regents to meet at Roane State

    The Tennessee Board of Regents will be discussing a possible 2.6 percent increase in tuition and maintenance fees for the community colleges and Tennessee Schools of Applied Technology next week.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents will be at Roane State Community College next week, with committee meetings scheduled for Thursday, June 22, and the quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 23.

  • Artificial turf, a pool and gyms

    Multiple gyms, a swimming pool, artificial turf football field and even a dedicated space for basketball officials. These are some of the athletic facilities that could be featured at a new high school the Roane County Board of Education is planning to build.

    Coaches and school administrators met with Lewis Group Architects at the school system’s bus garage on Wednesday to discuss what they’d like to see included in the plans.

  • Wire versus gun?

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III has heard enough stories over the years to sense when something doesn’t sound logical. One such instance appeared to happen Monday when attorney Tom McFarland was explaining why his client, Tyler Overstreet, grabbed a piece of wire and entered a home on Lawson Mill Road last July.

    McFarland said Overstreet went in to defend his girlfriend, Wende Jones.

  • THE PLAY’S THE THING
  • Schoolmate hedges on claim of threat to kill

    A Harriman High School teen surprised prosecutors when he was noncommittal about what he heard regarding alleged threats Jacob Kinney made concerning MarStratton Gordon, the 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier who Kinney is accused of killing.

    During proceedings to determine if state witness Austin Quick could be treated as a hostile witness, Harriman Police Det. Kent Warren took the stand and said Quick had told him Kinney had said if Gordon did not stop abusing his sister he was going to kill him.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Trump is failure as husband, businessman, etc.

    Gentle reader, near the end of January many folks were imploring everyone to give Mr. Trump a chance before condemning him, and many of us tried, hard as it was, for as we wrote at the time, if he succeeded the nation succeeded, and thus we all succeeded.

    But, as we approach the five months anniversary of the Trump administration, the likelihood of success is fast fading, and the prospect of failure is speedily approaching.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Speak up about school plan

    I’m not sure why the consolidated school building project has to be completed by 2020 or even 2025 but it might not be approved this year so it might not be completed by 2020.

    In my opinion, the reason the project won’t be funded this year is because the decision has been transferred from the school board to the County Commission.

    The process is now subject to politics, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  • Teen to be tried as adult for murder

    A Harriman teenager accused of killing his sister’s boyfriend sat stoic on Wednesday when General Sessions Judge Terry Stevens transferred his case to Roane County Criminal Court.

    Jacob Kinney was 15 on Aug. 28, 2016, when he is accused of shooting MarStratton Gordon in the face while Gordon was visiting the Kinneys’ Byrd Street double-wide near downtown Harriman.

    The news came as a relief to Gordon’s family.

  • Teen murder suspect transferred to criminal court

    A 16-year-old boy charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 28, 2016, shooting death of MarStratton Gordon will be facing those charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Judge Terry Stephens ruled that Jacob Kinney should be moved from Roane County Juvenile Court to Roane County Criminal Court at a hearing Wednesday, June 14.

    It’s a relief to the family of Gordon, who were in attendance.

    “It needs to be taken out of juvenile without getting a slap on the wrist,” said stepfather James Turner.

  • Champs more than just a little sting

    Usually, most people think that a brand name automatically makes a product the best as far as quality. This isn’t alway the case. Just ask the Kingston Sting, a fifth-grade girls basketball team unafilliated with the AAU.

    This team of young ladies started as a team that grew out of a recreation league in Kingston six years ago.

    “These girls have played together for a long time,” said Matt Fritz, an involved parent, “They all made the middle school team.