Today's News

  • Green Wave can’t quench Devils

    All the pieces fit in place for the Harriman Blue Devils on the way to a 41-6 win against the Midway Green Wave Friday night in Midway.

    The Devils got a complete game from their offensive and defensive units. Harriman scored 34 points in the first half on the strength of an effective rushing attack and clutch passing while limiting Midway’s normally potent passing game.

  • Queue in line worth it at Oren’s Orchard Café

    Last week, my wife Carol and I had two different folks ask if we knew that there was a new café at Wooden’s Apple Orchard House in Pikeville.

    On an October 2011 “Out to Lunch” adventure to the Cookie Jar near Dunlap, we decided to stop at Wooden’s for dessert on the way home (no café then).

    With my memory of the delicious apple dumplings, we set up a trip to check out the new café. We invited our Midtown Heights neighbors, Leroy and Louise Turbyville Shipwash, to enjoy this adventure with us.

  • GOING with the FLO: Star-spangled banner yet waves for treasured U.S.


    “The struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.” (Ronald Reagan, 1983)

    Character is a distinctive mark or stamp. Character includes those habits and personality traits distinguishing our individuality. Our moral values and our deepest beliefs about who we are as a people are intimately related to our character.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Cutting Corporate taxes creates jobs? How???

    Recently, we have been reading the letters of that First Century Roman correspondent, Pliny the Younger, with considerable pleasure. Pliny was nephew of Pliny the Elder, a statesman of great note who died in the eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculanium.

    His father’s family were the Caecilii and his mother the Plinii. By the Elder Pliny’s will, the Younger was adopted and was henceforth known as Gaius Plinius, hence anglicized into Pliny.

  • Free pet adoptions Oct. 14

    Pet lovers are encouraged to find their next fur baby at Earl Duff Subaru in Harriman

    The Subaru Loves Pets adoption event from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14, will feature adoptable pets from the Roane County Animal Shelter and each cat or dog will be already spayed or neutered, have their rabies vaccinations and the adoption fees are waived.

    Earl Duff Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are sponsoring the event, which is made possible through a grant from the ASPCA, Subaru Loves Pets and Subaru.

  • Dogs for the Dawgs to aid Second Chance

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 18th annual Dogs for the Dawgs fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 in Kingston City Park.

    A grilled hot dog with all the trimmings, chips, drinks and desserts will be available for a $5 donation.

    Proceeds help the Rescue in its mission for spaying/neutering and providing pet food to those unable to afford it.

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  • HUB, REU electric bills going up

    Electric customers can expect to pay more this month with the pass-through of a 1.5 percent TVA retail rate increase.

    It will amount to about $1.50 more a month for the average Valley resident using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month.

    TVA approved the increase in their retail rate with their budget in August.

  • McElhaney temporary shelter chief

    Familiar faces still greet the visitors to the Roane County Animal Shelter and one of them has taken over the helm for the time being.

    Stacey McElhaney, who was office manager since November 2016, is serving as interim director after the removal of John Griffin.

    She finds a lot of joy at the shelter.

    “It is all God’s work. You see animals choose people. I cry a lot,” she admitted.

  • Police officer almost run down by shoplifting suspect

    Rockwood Police Officer Teresa Brown reported being nearly run over by a suspected shoplifter on Sept. 27.

    The incident occurred at Walmart.

    Brown was dispatched to the store to investigate a shoplifting incident.

    “Upon my arrival, Bunnie Davidson was the suspect which was detained and Joe, an employee of Walmart, stated another female was with Ms. Davidson.”

    Davidson was cited for shoplifting. The employee told Brown Davidson’s companion also shoplifted, but they were unable to catch her.