Today's News

  • Hear about garden toad habitat at free session

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series on March 11.

    The session begins at noon in the UT Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    This session will be “Garden Toad Habitat” with Certified Master Gardener Marlin Helms.

    This is an ongoing series on the second Saturday of each month.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

  • OFF the CUFF: Practicing patience for April’s arrival

    If patience is indeed a virtue, I’m not terribly virtuous.

    I want what I want when I want it. It’s why I order light ice in my coffee at drive-thrus. I don’t want to wait for it to cool; I want to drink it now.

    The latest obstacle in my path to instant gratification comes in the form of Mother Nature and a giraffe gravid with calf.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The sick usually aren’t to blame for being sick!

    As long-time readers know, the old curmudgeon is well and truly fixed in the status of octogenarianism, and as such he has had ample opportunity to observe the various vagaries of human nature, much of which he has come to understand and appreciate, but there is one aspect which not only puzzles him, but angers him, and that is the attitude so many of our fellows have toward sickness, those afflicted with illness or disability.

  • DOE bus tours underway for ’17 season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tours are underway through Nov. 27.

    The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The reservation-wide tour is a popular destination for tourists visiting the area.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted more than 40,000 visitors from all 50 states.


    The Harriman Blue Devils will be making their first trip to the Class A State since the 2009-10 season, after Coach Shay Shannon's squad defeated the Cosby Eagles 86-47 before another standing room only crowd in the Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium.
    Harriman lost to CSAS on March 17, 2010, in the opening round of the state tournament, after beating Cloudland in the sectional on March 8, 2010.
    Jermaine Copeland and his 1994-95 team won both the region and state tournament under Pickell.

  • Blue Devils seek first state title since 1994-’95

    The Harriman Blue Devils will be seeking their first Class A State Tournament championship since the 1994-95 season under former Coach Richard Pickell and its  first appearance to the tournament since March 17, 2010, when they lost to CSAS.
    Other scores from sectional play Monday were Grace Christian 64, Hampton 63; Van Buren County 71, Pickett County 44; Clay County 55, CSAS 38; Columbia Academy 71, Huntland 47; Loretto 87, Community 63; and Humboldt 86, Middleton 80; Mitchell 61, Halls 43.

  • Case against deputies, EMS heads to trial

    Attorneys representing Dustin Barnwell’s estate are preparing for trial following Friday’s decision from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    “The judge will tell us when,” Chattanooga attorney John Wolfe said. “It might be seven or eight months down the road.”

  • Pro wrestling Hall-of-Famers please fans in Rockwood

    On Friday, March 31 the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tag team of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando.

    However, professional wrestling’s biggest event, the former world tag-team champions spent Saturday night in Rockwood wrestling in front of a packed house in a smaller venue as part of Mid-South Wrestling Alliance’s Mid-South Mania event at National Guard Armory.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: A Leadership project to remember

    I’ve learned a lot about Roane County history, government and social services in the past seven months during which I have been enrolled in the Leadership Roane County Class of 2017.

    Each month we’ve focused on a different subject and invested an entire day getting to meet county leaders and others involved in all the various departments, agencies and facilities that add value to Roane County.

    This week our class heads to Nashville to tour the state House before meeting with the governor and other state elected officials.