Today's News

  • Lady Devils’ season ends

    By Melissa Coley


    With a remarkable show of fan support from the Harriman community, the Lady Devils played in the Class AA East Tennessee State Sectional championship game on Saturday afternoon in front of a standing room only crowd.

    It was a hard fought game, indicative of Harriman’s season, but time ran out and the Lady Devils lost 33-27.

  • $525,000 grant helps Harriman water

    Harriman Utility Board will continue working on water system improvements thanks to a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    “The grant requires a local match of $93,000 which will be provided by Harriman Utility Board for a combined project total of $618,000,” said Candace Vannasdale, manager of GWS Administration & Engineering.

    The project will allow HUB to continue its reduction of non-revenue water loss by replacing problematic and leaking water mains and services.

  • Man charged for church threats arrested again

    The man who threatened to blow up a Harriman church last summer has been arrested again.

    Harriman police charged James Lombardo with disorderly conduct in a Jan. 28 incident.

    According to the warrant, Sgt. James Wadsworth was dispatched to 182 State St., to conduct a welfare check on Lombardo.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Fiction appears to imitate truth

    I’ve always believed the best way to understand what is going on is to hear it from different perspectives. That’s why I like to listen to different news sources.

    The differences between outlets such as ABC, CBS NBC and CNN used to be subtle, but if you listened close you might pick up a fact here or there that one of the other outlets missed.

    Lately, however, it amazes me how different teams of professional journalists can view the same event through such different perspectives.


    A new partnership will allow a longtime Kingston orthodontist to expand on the quality care he’d given for decades.

    Dr. L.R. Fuqua Jr., a Kingston orthodontist specialist for the past 40 years, has merged his practice with Pryse Orthodontics in Anderson County.

    Pryse Orthodontics is a specialty practice owned by Dr. John Pryse since 1977.

  • Unemployment falling in Roane

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate decrease from 3.8 to 3.6 percent from November to December 2017, a .2 percent decline.

    Of the county’s 23,070 workforce, 22,230 were employed.

    County unemployment rates released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the state’s 95 counties during December 2017.

    The latest statistics also highlight how each county had significantly lower unemployment compared to one year ago.

  • VEC helps Midway High programs

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in January.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway High School Band Boosters ($500.00), Midway High School Baseball Boosters ($500.00), Midway High Bass Club ($500.00), and Roane County Robotics Team ($1,250.00).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.1 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Shoney’s has all you can eat and so much more

    I hope readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles have not concluded that I have quit writing them. My most recent article was published on Dec. 11, 2017.

    Due to enjoying many of our out-of-state grandchildren, and great-grandchildren visiting us during the holidays, plus a long business trip to the Tupelo Furniture Market in early January, I’m now trying to get back on a regular writing schedule.

    I began working on this “Out To Lunch” adventure at Shoney’s in Harriman, on Dec. 19, 2017.

  • O’Shell spells Victory

    Mary Ann and Jason O’Shell have double the reason to celebrate at the regional spelling bee March 17 at the Cox Auditorium on the University of Tennessee campus.

    Both their children, 10-year-old Ethan O’Shell and 13-year-old Olivia O’Shell will be competing against each other and many others in the regional spelling bee to win and go to the national competition.

    They are ready to face off if it comes down to the two of them.

    “I’m not going to let her win. I’m not going down without a fight,” said Ethan.