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Today's News

  • Drinking incident discussed at commission

    Two former ambulance employees — one of them involved in an alleged drinking-on-duty incident — addressed the Roane County Commission during the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting.
    Robert Cooker resigned on Dec. 1.
    His resignation letter stated he left for health and other reasons.
    However, Cooker claimed he was forced out over an incident that involved alcohol.

  • Man dies in Lawnville car crash

    A 21-year-old Roane County man was killed in a car wreck Wednesday night. The accident happened at 2521 Lawnville Road at 10 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Heath L. Bailey of Harriman was traveling west in a Ford Mustang.
    “While negotiating a curve, the driver lost control and ran off the right shoulder of the roadway, striking a tree head-on,” the report on the accident said.
    Bailey was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Shopping or fire? Choice made easy

    The morning of Dec. 10 started in panic for Jane Ollis, but ended in joy.
    Ollis is the district supervisor for Rocky Top Markets. She is also the president of Operation REACH.
    Shortly before hundreds of REACH children and volunteers were set to show up at the Walmart in Rockwood, Ollis said she learned that a Rocky Top in Wartburg had caught on fire.
    The dilemma of trying to decide whether to go to REACH or the Rocky Top was overwhelming.
    Ollis said she contacted her boss, Rocky Top vice president Steve Poe.

  • New Guard chief has ties to 278th

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert V. Davis has been named the new Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Tennessee National Guard.
     The Command Chief Warrant Officer is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General, and the Assistant Adjutant General-Army for the supervision, training and well-being of the Warrant Officer Corps of the Tennessee National Guard.
    Prior to his appointment, Davis served with the Tennessee National Guard’s Operations and Training Division focusing on Domestic Operations. 

  • New city hall hopes peter out in Harriman

    Harriman might have had some interest in the Regions Bank building for a future city hall, but officials voiced concern that their initial impressions of a potential profit were fleeting.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason shared the news when Councilman J.D. Sampson asked to have Treasurer Charles Kerley attend the auction on Thursday.
    “I did some research on this over the weekend. It appears what we first saw as a pretty good return on investment is not what we originally thought,” Mason said.

  • Like your nog? Try this recipe

    Your holiday visitors will be surprised when they discover that this rich and creamy eggnog requires absolutely no cooking — and you’ll be happy that this no-fail treat can be ready in less than five minutes.

    1 1/2 cups half-and-half
    1 cup egg substitiute
    1 cup vanilla ice cream
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, Ground
    1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract

    1. Place all ingredients in blender container. Cover. Blend 1 minute or until well-mixed.

  • 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.