Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Fearsome plants haunt us all the year through

    Fearsome plants abound in Halloween lore and call to mind the legend of a poison garden rumored to have been part of the estate of Italy’s famous Borgia family in the 16th century, a time when poisoning was the preferred way of dealing with enemies and worrisome competitors.

  • GUEST OPINION: Mug shot sites show complexity of freedom, law

    First Amendment Center
    You can’t put a price on justice — but some are trying to charge a fee to fix what others call an injustice.

    There’s nothing good about getting arrested, even if the charges are dismissed or you’re found innocent at trial. The same goes for having a “mug shot” — a photo made at a jail or holding area — taken and filed with a county lockup or police department, complete with ID information.

  • Artificial cave could save Tenn. bats

    The Nature Conservancy
    Halloween conjures frightening images of bats emerging from dark caves looking for human blood.

    In reality, as the trick-or-treating begins, bats are settling into caves where they’ll hibernate for the winter and face something far scarier.

    White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, affects hibernating bats and has killed more than 5.5 million across 19 states since 2006.

  • Roane stays out of storm cleanup — for now

    The head of Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services said it’s not yet clear whether it will be needed for assistance in the wake of a superstorm in the northeast.

    “Right now we’re in a coordinating and monitoring phase, kind of waiting until storms pass by to see what they are getting,” said director Howie Rose.

    Rose said local officials are having daily operation briefings.

    Rose said regions have been put on standby, particularly the regions neighboring those most likely to be affected.

  • Huffing driver causes accident

    When Harriman police were sent to an accident with injury at 3:43 p.m. on Oct. 25, they were told a caller said the driver was trying to leave and still huffing on a can of something.

    The police report said the woman was attempting to get out of the van while an emergency worker was holding her neck still for the possibility of injury.

    Reports identified the female as Brandie Rae Foster, 33, and that she admitted she had been inhaling a chemical propellant.

    Police said she lost control of the vehicle and cut across into oncoming traffic.

  • Roane Rockets win games
  • Rockwood streak ends in Eble title game

    It had to happen sometime, and after two years, eight months and 20 days, the Rockwood Middle School boys basketball team has finally lost a basketball game, as Bryan Powers’ squad dropped a 38-35 decision Monday to York in the 2012 Hollis Eble Tournament championship game.

  • Kingston Lions Club kicks off White Cane Days

    Kingston Lions Club this week will begin its annual campaign for raising funds for district projects.

    The drive is called White Cane Days, because the white cane is symbolic of aid to the blind.

    Some of the specific projects funded by the drive are East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank, Leader Dog for the Blind, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries, Tennessee School for the Blind and Tennessee School for the Deaf.

    These projects are representative of how the Lions use their motto: We Serve.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 29

    Happy birthday to Janie Clemons, who celebrated her 86th birthday last Saturday.

    Her children who live out of town and those who are here came together and gave their mother a birthday dinner. Sheila Smith was included because she is like a daughter to Janie.

    Janie was one happy mother. Having her children home with her and all enjoying the meal that was prepared just for her.

  • Moving out: Hurley discusses tumultuous two-year tenure as Roane’s state representative

    No one can accuse Julia Hurley of having an uneventful term in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    That was a problem for some of her critics.

    “I have friends in Chicago and other parts of the country, and the only thing they heard about Roane County was some antic of our state representative,” Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said.