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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: After three days, coming down from Ozone

    By the time this prints, I will be winding up a three-week housesitting stint in Ozone.

    It’s been an interesting gig — 38 wooded acres, a gourmet kitchen, hot tub, master suite with heated tile floors.

    And, outside, multi-level decks overlooking native plant gardens.

    I would have loved to have spent more time on the wooded trails and in the hot tub, but my house-sitting also coincided with three very busy weeks in my life.

  • Harriman Mayors Race: Mason, Best face off

    Harriman’s mayoral candidates share the vision of what Harriman can be but disagree on how to get there.

    Incumbent Chris Mason is going up against Wayne Best, a former fire chief for the city.

    Early voting began on May 18.

    At a recent candidate forum in Harriman’s historic Cornstalk Heights neighborhood, the men talked about their qualifications.

  • Walnut Hill says goodbye

    Schools across the county are closing their doors for the summer.

    For Walnut Hill Elementary School in Harriman, this will be their last time.

    When the new school year rolls around, the students and faculty will join Bowers Elementary School. This change spurs mixed feelings for the Walnut Hill community.

    “I think it’s going to be a great thing,” said principal Kevin Ayers. “From some of the ones (students) I’ve talked to, they’re pretty excited about it.”

  • Inspection changes in store for Tiger Haven

    Officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency may not be the only ones entering Tiger Haven in the future.

    A bill that allows a representative from Roane County to accompany the agency on inspections passed the Tennessee House of Representatives 89-2 on Wednesday.

    The Senate passed the bill 32-0 in March.

    Tiger Haven is a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County. Other species held there include lions and cougars.

    Some nearby residents and county officials have been at odds with the facility for years.

  • Jail gets thumbs up after inspection

    The Roane County Jail was given a clean bill of health during a May 5 inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute.

    “The jail is being well maintained and the lieutenant and her staff should be commended for a job well done,” jail inspector Barry G. Suttles wrote in his report.

    “We’ve worked really hard,” jail Lt. Maretta McNichol said. “It takes everybody.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 172 inmates. The population the day of the inspection was 155.

  • Industry of Year is Oldcastle Adams

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board named Oldcastle Adams Building Products Industry of the Year during its annual industry appreciation breakfast Thursday.
    Oldcastle Adams provides masonry and ornamental concrete building products.
    Its parent company is the largest building products manufacturer in the country — ranked 129 in the Fortune 500.
    The Roane County facility supplies all the Lowe’s stores in Tennessee and Kentucky with outdoor lawn and garden stone and block.

  • Graduation at church means more conflict

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Like thousands of other public school students across the country, seniors in Irving, Texas, will graduate from high school next month — although in Irving they’ll go to church to get their diplomas.
    The venue is the Potter House, a megachurch led by Bishop T.D. Jakes, site of Irving commencements since 2004.
    But this year’s ceremony will be the last mixing of secular and sacred during graduation in the Dallas-area school district.

  • Stabbing, headlock and hiding in the attic

    STAFF REPORTS
    Attics are commonly used for storing seasonal decorations and unwanted personal things. Christopher Yarnell used it as a hiding place to avoid arrest, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
    Officers went to 1342 Mountain View Road on May 16 to arrest Yarnell on outstanding warrants.
    The report said Harley Sedman told officers that Yarnell was not at the residence.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Why would anyone risk jail for a newspaper?

    Sometimes one comes upon the most profound, or apt, descriptions of things in the most unexpected places.
    So it was the other day as we were reading one of the Maggody series of mysteries featuring Chief of Police Arly (short for Ariel) Hanks of the tiny Arkansas town of Maggody, population 755, written by Joan Hess who resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • Four schools represented in second annual Fun Run

    Students from four of eight Roane County elementary schools participated in the recent second annual Roane County Coordinated School Health Fun Run at Fort Southwest Point.

    Purpose of the event, in its second year, was to get children excited about being outdoors, having fun while being involved in physical activity and providing a fun family event.

    Bowers, Kingston, Midway and Midtown elementary schools were represented. Each will receive a minimum of $100 worth of equipment for their physical education programs.