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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Nerdy Laureate ponders on artifacts

    At the top of the stairs in my uncle’s house, a dusty bobcat once stood guard.
    It was stuffed — taxidermied — its lips drawn back in a frozen snarl, and its big feet braced for a fight it had already lost.
    In my growing-up years, this silent siren had the power to draw me and my cousins in fascination en masse up the staircase — and, when we were alone with it, to repel us in fear.
    Bobcats still exist in the wild, although I have never seen one.
    Some creatures simply are no more.

  • Tigers off to 6-0 start after 53-point win

    The Rockwood Tigers picked up their sixth straight win to start the season Tuesday night with an 86-33 victory over Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.

  • Midway Middle picks up second straight sweep

    Playing games on back-to-back days didn’t seem to bother the Midway Middle School Green Wave and Lady Waves, as after picking up a sweep of Norwood on Monday, Midway brought out the broom again on Tuesday with wins over Oliver Springs.

  • Blue Devils bomb Vikings, 72-28

    In a boys only affair, Jeff King’s Harriman Blue Devils cruised to a 72-28 victory over Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) Monday evening at Richard Pickell Gymnasium.

  • Lady 'Cats roll, Bobcats fall in district tussle

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats hosted Jellico Tuesday night in a pair of District 4-A games at Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium.

    The evening started well for Oliver Springs as the Lady ‘Cats crushed the Lady Devils in the girls game, 72-26.

  • Rockwood Middle sweeps Wartburg

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers traveled to Wartburg Tuesday night and came away with a sweep over the Bulldogs. 

    Rockwood opened the evening with a 24-11 victory in the girls game then the Tigers completed the sweep with a 37-27 victory.

  • Commission rejects secrecy

    A move to weaken the state’s Sunshine Law doesn’t have the backing of Roane County.
    Commissioners let it be known on Monday by voting down a resolution that would have supported weakening the law.
    “I think we’re doing real well just like we are, and I don’t think we need to change anything myself,” Copper Bacon said.
    “I think it’s good that the citizens know when we’re meeting,” Nick Forrester added.

  • Book tells of city’s Utopian beginning

    Two years after the “Great Land Sale” that began what would become the city of Harriman, a book was printed detailing the city’s earnest beginnings.
    A copy of the book, “Two Years of Harriman, Tenn.,” is being donated to the Roane Heritage Commission by Bill and Marty Goolsby.
    “Bill is a historian. He likes stuff like that,” said his father Walt Goolsby, who shared the book.

  • A new, new city hall for Harriman?

    Harriman city offices moved the current city hall the summer of 2009, but one city council member is anxious to move into a more expansive setting.
    Councilman J.D. Sampson said the city may be able to get the Regions Bank property on downtown Roane Street that is being auctioned this week.
    The bank has a lease that would continue after the sale.
    “This one here is a lot better than what we had. Still yet it is no big building like that,” Sampson said at a recent city council meeting.

  • Byrkit participates in municipal training

    Kingston City Councilman John Byrkit and other municipal government officials participated in Level II of the Elected Officials Academy presented between Sept. 21 and Nov. 30.
     The curriculum of the Elected Officials Academy is developed to give the municipal official an overview of the varied aspects of his role as a municipal leader.