Today's News

  • Official wants prayer at games

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson was disappointed when he didn’t hear a prayer said before recent Harriman Middle School basketball games.

    They also didn’t play the national anthem at the game he attended this month.

    Sampson wants to see what he can do about it.

    “It kind of felt odd and sad that they took that prayer and national anthem out of schools,” Sampson said.

    First, he pondered if the issue of prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance in schools could be put on the ballot this August election.

  • Roane County basks in rare audit glow

    The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury audits most of the state’s 95 counties. Unless one has done something wrong, the news releases on the findings are usually routine.

    “Generally they just file the reports and say here they are,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    That wasn’t the case with Roane County’s recent audit.

    When the report was released earlier this month, the comptroller’s office also issued a press release praising the county for its financial management.

  • Kingston holding McClure seat, for now

    Kingston Council members gave their seal of approval to a new library management agreement forged in the wake of new state standards.

    The Jan. 14 full council session saw council vote 5-0 in favor of the agreement. It had been a matter of consideration for some months, after the state librarian’s office issued a new set of guidelines for local public libraries — policies that addressed everything from housekeeping to issues surrounding upkeep of the modern “electronic library.”

  • Dollywood group to help volunteer fire department

    The Kingdom Heirs will perform at Princess Theatre in Harriman on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

    The concert benefits the Midtown Volunteer Fire Department.

    “We appreciate them coming and it’s a great group for everybody to come and hear,” said Midtown Chief Randy Scarborough.

    The group performed at the Princess last year for a fire department fundraiser.

    “A lot of people enjoyed it,” Scarborough said. “The public that showed up asked us if we would bring them back again.”

  • STEAMPUNK: Imagination, say hello to the Victorian era

    Steampunk is an increasingly popular science-fiction style that features steam-powered gadgetry, Victorian-era garb and more.

    “It is one of the largest growing genres,” said RJ Foster.

    It’s a niche that RJ Foster and wife, Roseanna Cooper-Foster, decided to explore after attending MegaCon, a science fiction event that features a little bit of everything from comic books, anime and popular science fiction movies and television programs.

  • GUEST OPINION: Public notice — a success story for Tennessee


    TPA Public Policy Director 

    Residents of Mount Judea, Ark., woke up one morning recently to learn that their small community is about to become host to a hog farm – population 6,503 hogs.

  • ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: Nothing simple in abortion protest debate


    First Amendment Center

    Few topics in modern life have produced as much rancorous and visible public debate as abortion.

    One hot point of contention today is simply how close that debate may take place to the clinics that perform them.

  • How VEC kept power on

    The new year got off to a frigid start as the Tennessee Valley was hit by the lowest temperatures recorded in 20 years Jan. 7-8. The frigid conditions also prompted a new record for electricity consumption across Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s 17-county service area, which includes parts of Roane County.

  • Raiders wipe out Tigers


    Ashley Cox scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Roane State Raiderettes to a 73-63 win over the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers Saturday evening at Roane State.

    Roane State started the game on a 9-4 swing, guided by five points from Makayla Cordell and four from Nicole Hassler. 

  • Lady Patriots split games with ACA, CAS


    The Mt. Pisgah Lady Patriots split a pair of games on Friday and Monday.

    On Friday, the Lady Patriots dropped a 23-22 heartbreaker at Apostolic Christian Academy (ACA) in Maryville, but the bounced back on Monday with a 47-21 home victory over Christian Academy of the Smokies (CAS).