Today's News

  • Teens go ‘Beneath the Surface’ for reading

    A number of activities are planned for “Beneath the Surface,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 7 with a focus on relaxing and making worry stones.

    All programs are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday in July.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 16 — Making a personal time capsule and snacks.

    July 23 — Percy Jackson and Son of Neptune Book Club with snacks.

  • Congressional investigations must be done right

    By Lee H. Hamilton, Center on Congress
    By my count, 11 separate Washington investigations are looking into the three big issues besetting the Obama Administration right now: Benghazi, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Justice Department’s pursuit of national security leaks to Associated Press reporters.

    That’s a lot of scrutinizing by any measure.

     Don’t get me wrong.


    Due to a clerical error at the circuit court clerk’s office, recent court records involving Berta Presley were wrong.

    Original charges were entered at tampering with evidence, but Presley pleaded to an amended charge of obstruction.

    The charge was subject to diversion and will be dismissed if Presley completes a one-year diversionary program.

  • Caring Hearts sew to help others

    Roane County's Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 245 quilts to various organizations that help the needy.

    Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.

    Materials used for quilts include denim fabric, clothes or sheets; polyester fabric or clothes; cotton sheets (good or stained), blankets; and mattress pads.

  • Does the time fit the crime?

    Scottie Hill and his family left the Roane County Courthouse upset on March 27. Nearly two months, later that frustration was still there.

    “The court system is just not right,” Hill said in a May phone interview.  

    His opinion of the court system was formed by the case involving the man who killed his mother. Nancy Hill died in a head-on car crash on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood on June 20, 2011.

  • Harriman summer reading activities kick off June 19

    “Dig Into Reading,” the 2013 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 19 with music and stories.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 3, programs continue each Wednesday through July 31.                     

    Upcoming activities are:

  • GUEST OPINION: More on media and government secrets

    By Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center
    Will the government ever do it — charge a reporter under the Espionage Act with endangering national security for disclosing classified information?

    No journalist ever has been prosecuted for receiving and writing about such leaked information. Two recent controversies raised questions of how far the Department of Justice officials might go in investigations of such “leaks.”

    But President Obama clearly stepped back from taking the issue to any constitutional cliff.

  • School lunches to cost more starting next fall

    Students who pay full price for lunch could have to fork over an extra quarter when they return to school.

    The proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year calls for a 25-cent increase in lunch prices.

    Roane County Schools Food Service Coordinator Linda Wilson said the increase is expected to bring in an additional $60,000 of revenue.

  • GED revision prompts rush to test centers

    Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the test have until the end of the year to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips.

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test.

  • Rainy day doesn’t dampen plant sale

    A rainy May Saturday did little to dampen enthusiasm for Harriman Garden Club's annual plant sale.

    Club members said two-thirds of their inventory had been sold with more than an hour left for the annual event.

    The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Harriman Garden Club.

    Members were on hand to assist with sales and answer questions about how to best care for the plants they were interested in.