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Today's News

  • Jamboree signal for season start

    After what seemed like forever, it’s finally that time of year again. Football!

    With the high school football season set to start next Friday, the annual tradition of the Roane County Football Jamboree is scheduled for this evening at 7:30 p.m., hosted by Rockwood High School.

    The teams at the Jamboree will be all the Roane County squads, Harriman, Kingston, Midway, Rockwood, and Oliver Springs.

    Also on the schedule is Scott County and Oneida.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s obvious something is wrong in Washington

    By FLO CHARLES

    We need to consider what our responsibilities are to our country. I am shocked at the lack of honor and respect toward our president. Especially since our Lord Jesus Christ said in His Word to honor those who are in authority over us. (Romans 13:1-2)

    The onslaught has gotten worse. Charles Krauthammer knows the knives are out for Trump and went on Fox News to issue this warning to members of the political establishment who want to remove Trump from office:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: On apple dumplings and John Muir observance

    Gentle reader, you would think that having long since passed the octogenarian milestone, the old curmudgeon would discover few new experiences, and by and large this is so, but last week he discovered an entirely new gastronomic experience thanks to the culinary skills of Judy West.

    As a result of our annual paean to the apple stack cake, Miss Judy knew of our appetite for old-fashioned desserts, so one day she asked if I had eaten apple dumplings.

  • Master Gardener training starts Aug. 22

    Roane County Master Gardeners’ training classes will begin Aug. 22.

    Classes will be from 1 to 5 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 12 in Roane County Univer-sity of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Class topics include basic botany, plant diseases, soils, fruit and vegetable gardening and ornamentals.

    The $150 registration fee includes all training materials.

    Completed applications and payment must be received by Aug. 15; applicants are subject to a background check.

  • No further suspects in homicide

    By Damon Lawrence and Cindy Simpson

    Sam Northern, a man described as a prime suspect in a homicide investigation, was found dead inside his Harriman Housing Authority apartment Tuesday afternoon.

    Harriman police said Wednesday that no wrongdoing is suspected in Northern’s death.

    “There are no signs of foul play,” Chief Derek Pacifico said. “No signs of trauma or anything to indicate that this is a homicide.”

    Northern was 55 years old.

  • ARISEN from the ASHES?

    Some officials contend the work that’s been done to try to help Roane County overcome the stigma of the ash spill has been setback by recent coverage of a lawsuit filed by people who worked during the cleanup.

    “I think we were headed in the right direction as far as any type of stigma that we were dealing with,” said Wade Creswell, president/CEO of The Roane Alliance. “This has refreshed the issue in people’s minds.”

  • Kingston water interconnect pays off for hospital

    A water interconnect installed to assure Kingston’s water supply came in handy during a recent water problem at Roane Medical Center.

    An accidental breach of a water line between Harriman and Midtown a few weeks ago resulted in a loss of water to the medical center.

    “The hospital doesn’t have water storage,” said Kingston City Manager David Bolling.

    Roane Central Utility District general manager Bob Creswell said his engineers went to work right away to get the water back to the hospital in less than an hour.

  • FEMA program may help Harriman recoup storm cleanup costs

    Harriman hopes a Federal Emergency Management Agency pilot program will mean more aid to recover from the cleanup of the storms that ripped through the area in May.

    City Manager Kevin Helms recently said they had moved 419 dump truck loads of debris.

    FEMA would typically reimburse a city 75 percent of the approved cost to remove debris, including contractor costs, city equipment use, dump sites and disposal costs and overtime to personnel. The state would then contribute 12.5 percent, leaving the city with 12.5 percent of the approved cost.

  • Treatment of black bear has positive effects

    After just over four months at Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR), Summitt Bear was successfully released back to the wild in Sullivan County on Sunday afternoon.

    Summitt Bear arrived at Appalachian Bear Rescue weighing 23lbs on March 28 of this year.

    The bear was very sick and required a blood transfusion to survive. Doctors at UTCVM performed the blood transfusion with blood provided by a black bear from

    Zoo Knoxville. This was the first black bear blood transfusion ever performed at UTCVM, and only the second in the United States.

  • Senior bowlers keep on rolling big

    SENIOR BOWLERS

    August 4

    1st High Game------ Barbara Pickering, Wayne Bowman---450

    2nd High Game----Dean Griffin, Roy Deforest---476

    3rd High Game ----Connie Millhollon, George Waslington--460

    High Scores today—Carolyn McGill-216 game, Dean Griffin-244, 245 games-658 Series, - Don Eiler-214,217 games- 626 Series, David Dawson –200 game- Roy Deforest-210 game- Rick Alderfer- 212 game

    High Series today---- Don Eiler, Rick Alderfer--1303

    High Series For July------- Carolyn McGill, Roy Deforest--1313