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Today's News

  • Collier on the mend

    Despite having gone through major surgery, Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier hasn’t lost his sense of humor.    

    “If I don’t get back before too long, they’ll have that budget screwed up,” he quipped on Friday.

    Collier, who serves on the county budget committee, underwent heart surgery at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville last week.

    His sister, Roane County Commissioner Carolyn Granger, said it was touch and go at one point.  

  • Waste deep in collected household hazards

     

    JanElle Mooney sorts through hazardous waste folks brought in for recycling during the county’s recent Household Hazardous Waste Day event at the Roane County Recycling Center. Pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides were only some of the materials collected during the event.

  • Police gear up in style of military

    It’s a Hummer you see traveling down Roane Street in Harriman, but it isn’t the military doing maneuvers.

    It’s Harriman Police Department’s latest find, one of a number of practically free — or, at least, cheap — items they got from a variety of military bases including Fort Bragg,
    N.C.

    “We have had to spend really little money to get it,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    He said he’s bought about $67,000 in gear for about $574, using drug fund money to purchase the items.

  • New lot provides more courthouse parking

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said people who can’t find a parking spot at the courthouse or county jail can use the paved lot at the Building and Codes Office.

    “That’s a public parking lot,” he said.

    The codes office is at 308 N. Third St., Kingston. The lot, which has 22 spaces, is adjacent to the jail.

  • Lady Waves fall in title game, 8-7

    The old saying, to be the best you have to beat the best, was never more true than last Thursday evening at Greenback High School.

  • Lady Jackets advance to Region 2-AA Tournament

    The Kingston Lady Jackets didn't get all the wins they wanted Thursday evening at the District 4-AA Tournament at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), but they did get the one they needed as the Lady Jackets will advance to next week's Region 2-AA Tournament.

  • Lady 'Cats advance to region

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats will be playing in Monday's Region 2-A Tournament thanks to a 10-0 victory over Oneida Thursday evening.

  • Oliver Springs captures District 4-A title

    A win is a win is a win.

    That was pretty much the feeling at Oliver Springs' Arrowhead Park Thursday evening following the Bobcats' 6-5 victory over Oneida in the District 4-A Tournament championship game.

  • Withholding news right call under rare conditions

    Journalists are in the business of telling the news, not hiding it.
     But there are times — very few times, despite conspiracy-and-bias claims fueled by a media-criticism cottage industry — when news organizations do decide to hold the news that they know.
    These instances are rare enough that when they happen, it’s news in itself.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Do European elections foreshadow U.S. ones?

    Much of the news the past few days and weeks has originated in Europe, particularly in the European Union and the Euro Zone.
    Three of the more prominent identities mentioned in this European news are the President of France, the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the United Kingdom, and the leaders of the largest news organization, News Corp., Inc., the Murdoch family. Each of these has a lesser or greater connexion with the United States.