Today's News

  • Teen program to ‘Spark a Reaction’

    A number of activities are planned for “Spark a Reaction,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 10 with a “going viral” science mix program.

    All programs are from 3 to 4 p.m. each Thursday from July 10-31.

    The only exception is the final program, which will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 17 — Duct-tape art and snacks.

  • GUEST OPINION: From the Supreme Court: prayer rules that won’t work

    First Amendment Center
    Mixing prayer and state has always been a messy, contentious business — but last week it got even messier and more contentious.

    In a close 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of prayers at legislative meetings, even when most prayers are prayed in the name of Jesus (Town of Greece v. Galloway).

  • Cherokee Middle School: Sixth-graders burn off steam

    Cherokee Middle School sixth-graders were able to change things up at the end of the year.

    Instead of sitting at their desks, they spent a day at Southwest Point involved in physical activity.

    Students participated in a track-and-field event that included  a softball throw, standing long jump and a series of races.  Awards were given in each category.

    They also played kickball.

  • Lights out on Ruritan Road, at least for now

    A stretch of Ruritan Road won’t be as bright in the near future.

    Harriman City Council members agreed to cover selected lights to test the impact. Whether the change is permanent depends on how the diminished lighting is viewed.

    “I talked to one of them in the neighborhood out there, and they think it would be a good idea,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson.

    Sampson recently marked lights he thought were unneeded, saving utility costs for the city. However, officials agreed to cover the lights first.

  • Kingston greenway project honored

    As Kingston’s Ladd Landing Greenway enters the next phase of its development — including exercise stations and bird-watching kiosks — it is already being recognized for excellence.

    Kingston City Council members learned at May council sessions that the greenway has been selected as a recipient of the John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Development District Association.

  • Fleischmann responds to criticism from opponent

    Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and his staff had been sidestepping questions about opponent Weston Wamp’s attacks.

    Fleischmann, who represents the state’s 3rd Congressional District, recently responded directly to some of Wamp’s criticism.  

    “I’m sad to hear that my opponent is trying to say negative things, but I’m going to continue to work hard to be the most effective, accessible congressman in America, and I think I’m getting that done,” Fleischmann said.      

  • Midway Youth League action
  • Senior Bowlers of the Month
  • Dream season ends for Tigers in sectional


    A phenomenal season came to a disappointing end Friday evening as the Rockwood Tigers dropped a 10-0 decision at Greeneville in the TSSAA Class A-AA Sectional.

    The loss came less than 24 hours after the Tigers lost at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) in the Region 2 A-AA Championship Game.


    Mike Farmer showed some contrition at Thursday’s Roane County Tea Party meeting.

    “I did not work as well with the commission,” the former county executive admitted. “I did not keep everybody informed.”

    Communicating was the only thing Farmer indicated he would do differently in a second term.

    He doubled down on the interest heavy debt service plans for Plateau Partnership Park and the new jail.