Today's News

  • 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.

  • Ledbetter reports to serve 10-year sentence

    Robin Ledbetter started serving her 10-year prison sentence on Sept. 29. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced her on Sept. 22, and gave her a week to report to the Roane County Jail.

    According to sheriff’s office records, she was booked into the jail at 5:27 p.m.

    Ledbetter killed Harriman father Terrance Clark on Valentine’s Day 2015. She admitted to being under the influence of drugs when she crashed into him on Highway 70 in Midtown. Clark’s wife and son were injured in the crash, but survived.

  • New group’s mission to beautify Kingston

    From staff reports

    A new nonprofit organization in Kingston aims to promote arts and events that add value to the community.

    Outdoor Kingston is a 501(c)3 membership-based nonprofit focused on funding beautification projects in the Kingston community, said Board Chairman Charles Elmore.

    “Our first two projects are murals at the NAACP building in Greenwood and the Kingston United Methodist Church Clothes Closet,” Elmore said.