Today's News

  • Man jailed for hurling puppy from vehicle

    Jack Lee Chesser Jr. was arrested on Thursday for cruelty to animals.

    A witness told police he saw Chesser throw a puppy out of a moving truck.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the witness retrieved the puppy and drove to Ladd Landing, where he saw the truck.

  • Princess on parade at street fest

    Downtown Harriman will again be the place to be when enjoying a day off work on Labor Day.

    The Hooray for Harriman Labor Day street festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 with more music and entertainment than ever. A stage outside and entertainment in the Princess Theatre makes it an ideal time for those who haven’t yet gotten a peek in the historic building or just seeking a cool place to listen to good music.

    The festival ends as usual at 6 p.m.

  • Lookout Valley spoils Green Wave opener, 24-0

    It was white-out night for the Midway Green Wave as they opened the season against visiting Lookout Valley Friday night, and while the Green Wave did open with a better effort than last season’s opener at Lookout Valley, they still could not pull out a win as Lookout Valley left Roane County with a 24-0 victory. 

  • Monterey downs Harriman, 26-7

    The Harriman Blue Devils were left singing the blues Friday night, giving up 355 yards on the ground en route to a 26-7 season opening loss to the Monterey Wildcats.

  • Turnovers doom Tigers in 41-14 loss

    The Rockwood Tigers went through two preseason scrimmages and the 2012 Roane County Jamboree without turning the ball over. 

  • Jackets win in Harrison's debut, 28-7

    The Blair Harrison era at Roane County High School kicked off in impressive fashion Friday night as the Kingston Yellow Jackets downed the Oliver Springs Bobcats at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field, 28-7.

    “It was awesome,” Harrison said of his first game at Roane County High School. “I didn’t know what to expect, but it exceeded my expectations and the fans were great.

  • Tournaments fun, but fill a vital need

    Harriman Fire Department is closer to raising all the funds needed for a  utility vehicle.

    Department officials said they want the small vehicle to move through tricky situations such as at street festivals to access crowded areas where people with emergency needs may be.

    The city recently opened bids for a 2012 Polaris Ranger from Ultimate Toys for $10,650. About $9,580 has been raised so far for the vehicle.

  • Anti-drug group gets $7,500 boost

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition recently got a welcome gift in the form of a $7,500 check from the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club.

    The donation was made possible through a collaborative effort by Rotary Clubs from both Knox and Roane counties.

    Tickets to a June performance by acclaimed Southern humorist Jeanne Robertson at Knoxville historic Bijou Theatre were sold at $35 each for general admission and $100 for VIP.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: You must read this Free Press analysis of Ryan

    Gentle Reader: Today’s column about Paul Ryan, Romney’s pick as running mate, may provoke questions, even skepticism, about its authenticity; but we assure you, it’s authentic, it’s real, it’s genuine, so read on with care but without doubts:

    “... Ryan seems like the perfect vice presidential candidate for the people who actually want a true-blue, tried and tested conservative on the Republican ticket.

    “Except for one problem. He’s an imposter.

  • GUEST OPINION: Public access also a plus in assuring fair trial

    First Amendment Center
    When courts withhold public access to certain police or other records before trials — particularly high-profile ones — the reasoning generally reflects a desire to preserve the suspect’s right to a fair trial.

    No quarrel here with a fair trial.