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Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Muir Fest celebrates area’s beauty

    The Muir Fest at Fort Southwest Point tomorrow will commemorate the passage through Roane County 150 years ago of naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir.

    The view from Walden Ridge looking out over the Tennessee River Valley prompted Muir to write that the region was the most beautiful place he had ever seen.

  • GOING with the FLO: We’re draining the swamp for our veterans

    While tax reform and health care remain on the president’s agenda, he has kept his promise to our veterans.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D., was approved by a bipartisan majority vote of 100 percent in the Senate.

    He is the only Trump cabinet member to receive unanimous confirmation in the Senate.

    It is the one area the Democrats lined up along the side of President Trump. Shulkin had served under President Obama and is now serving under President Trump.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The story of Montgomery in Morgan County

    Gentle reader, as you know, there are a whole swarm of buzzing topics in the air that a column could be centered upon this week, but, we made a somewhat of a commitment last week to write about Montgomery in Morgan County, prompted by John Muir’s passing through there on his 1000 mile walk, and, although it wasn’t a promise for which we would go to hell for breaking, we think it was firm enough that it’s what this column should be about, so here we go:

  • Harriman’s Branam tasked with cleaning up his hometown

    A Harriman native will be tackling the city’s cleanup efforts.

    The city has hired David Branam as the new codes enforcement officer.

    “While he lacks experience with codes enforcement, he displayed a true desire to help improve the city in whatever way possible,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    “Additionally, there are few people with actual codes enforcement experience, so possessing the ability to learn was the primary factor we were trying to obtain in a hire.”

  • Riverfront playground coming in
  • LIFESTAR RESPONDS TO ON-RAMP INCIDENT
  • Kingston seeks grant for sidewalk improvement

    The city of Kingston is considering applying for a transportation grant to connect schools with sidewalks.

    The grant would be used to repair existing sidewalks, add crosswalks and build new sidewalks on Bailey Road and Paint Rock Road, said city manager David Bolling.

    The improvements would help connect Cherokee Middle School with Kingston Elementary, Bolling said.

    “We’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” he said.

  • Motorcycle crash leaves one injured

    A Roane County man was injured Wednesday evening in a motorcycle accident on River Road.

    Family said Paul Brandon Peck is being treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center and is in severe pain in a trauma room.

    “He was with lifelong friends and just decided to take a ride on another friend’s bike and unfortunately it ended badly,” said sister Natasha Muir-Jackson.

  • Oakdale man strikes pole near Harriman city building

    An Oakdale man struck a light pole and planter at Harriman City Office Complex on Labor Day.

    Timothy H. Elkins, 31, was charged with driving under the influence.

    Harriman Police Lt. Jarrod Whitson responded to the accident and reported Elkins said he had been traveling south on North Roane Street when he reached to answer his phone, pulled too far to the right and left the roadway, striking the light pole and planter.

    He also reportedly admitted to drinking two beers with a friend.

  • Land block lawsuit judge pauses

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton might not hear the lawsuit Dr. Julian Ahler brought against blogger Steve Scarborough.

    At issue is Old Stage Road. Ahler has accused Scarborough and his wife, Anne, of placing barricades across the road, thereby denying him access to property he owns on Williams Mountain Road.

    Pemberton, a Rockwood native, said he knows the area firsthand and the parties involved. That gives him pause about presiding over the case.