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Today's News

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Why we’re so hard on the Tea Party

    Gentle reader, at a gathering we recently attended, we were asked by a lady of our acquaintance why we were being so hard on the Tea Party.
    Although we gave a quick answer to her question, we did not do so at any length, since it did not seem appropriate at such a light-hearted social occasion.
    However, we regard it as a legitimate question, and one that we should address.

  • ‘Lame’ excuse ends with men charged

    A Roane County deputy didn’t buy the story two burglary suspects gave about scrapping a friend’s vehicles.
    Timothy Michael Chesser and Jaret Shonn Axell, both of Harriman, were charged with two counts of theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000 and burglary in the Aug. 27 incident.

    Chesser was also charged with public intoxication

    Bill Alexander, the owner of the stolen property, praised the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman Police Department during the Harriman City Council on Tuesday.

  • Hard to know on Roane credit changes

    Standard & Poor’s upgraded Roane County’s credit rating from A+ to AA– last year.

    Could a downgrade be in store after the agency lowered the U.S. credit rating?

    “It’s possible, because the federal decreased, and they may just lump everybody together,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “However, they really rate you when you have a new issue, and we’re not anticipating anything.”

    Citing political gridlock in Congress, S&P downgraged the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+ last month.

  • Laws signs with Bryan College
  • Three RSCC athletes earn academic honors

    Three Roane State Community College athletes received Academic Student-Athlete Awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
    The recipients are basketball player Natasha Phillips of Clarkrange and baseball players Brandon Wilson of Sevierville and Jeff Wooll of Crossville. Phillips was also named an NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention.
    The NJCAA is the governing body of two-year college athletics. The organization’s Academic Student-Athlete Awards recognize athletes who have grade-point averages between 3.6-4.0.

  • Tigers looking to repeat history Friday night

    Friday night will once again feature non district games for Roane County football fans as no team from within the county borders will be playing a district foe.

  • Hooray for Harriman

    Even after their mock wrestling match at Hooray for Harriman, Chris Hart, in orange mask, and Bryson Ellis, still make their best wrestling faces. The outdoor activities for the popular festival were canceled due to heavy rain Monday, but wrestling and music continued indoors. See more photographs in the slideshow section.

  • Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

    “As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the safety and security of the American public remains our highest priority.

    “While threats remain, our nation is stronger than it was on 9/11; more prepared to confront evolving threats, and more resilient than ever before.

  • Rockwood ends days of free pilot lighting

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas customers won’t be able to get their pilots lit for free anymore.

    Last year, from Sept. 20 until Oct. 29, the utility inspected and lit pilot lights at no charge, but the board approved raising that to a $15 fee from Sept. 19 to Oct. 21 this year.

    The remaining pilot-lighting fees are the same as the previous year.
    They are $25 from Oct. 21 through Nov. 24 and $40 from Nov. 23 onward.

  • Roane man convicted in old Illinois murder

    STAFF REPORTS
    A former Roane County man was convicted in an Illinois murder case last week.
    Robert  “Bobby” Bostic was on trial for the 1982 murder of Carlton Richmond.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, it took a jury three hours to find Bostic guilty.
    It took nearly three decades just to arrest him.