Today's News

  • Tech scholarships awarded to Harriman students

    Tennessee Technological University students Grace Claudy and Bo Murphy of Harriman are the 2012 recipients of academic awards from the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Claudy, a 2009 graduate of Faith Christian Academy, is the daughter of Mark and Alison Claudy of Harriman and is a junior history major.

    She received the Marion Hood and Arthur Langlois Scholarship.

    Murphy, a 2007 graduate of Faith Christian Academy, is the son of Russ and Brenda Murphy of Harriman and is a senior political science major.

  • Midway students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Keevin Woody, far right in back row, recently honored the school’s May students of the month.

    They are,  in order of grade, Orion McKnight, Taylor Browning, Adrian Hill, Maranda Jones, Michael Muir, Amelia Stakely, Bree Duff, Kaylee Steele, Cyrus Trew, Sarah Edmonds, Grace Luke, Ashley McGhee, Jared Collins, Brooke Willett, Cheyenne Jenkins, Gracey Hixon, Savanna Rayburn, Angelica Millsaps, Kimberly Millsaps, Alexis Layne, Brooklyn McGhee and Paige Bacon.

  • Party affiliations at issue in race

    A voter doesn’t have to be a member of the Republican party to vote in its primary on Aug. 2.
    State Rep. Jim Cobb contends Ron Travis is banking on that to beat him in House District 31.
    District 31 includes three precincts in Roane County — Glen Alice, Eureka and Rockwood Ward 1. The district also includes Bledsoe, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.
    “His plan is to try to get as many Democrats as possible voting in the Republican Primary and swing the outcome that way,” Cobb said.

  • Early voting to close Saturday

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election ends Saturday.
    People can vote early at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, Harriman Community Center, Rockwood Community Center and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.
    The locations will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
    On Thursday before 2 p.m., 4,344 people had voted during the early period in Roane County, according to figures from the Election Commission.

  • When dirt isn’t cheap

    Not all dirt is equal.
    Understanding that can make a big difference in a new-construction budget.
    When shopping for a piece of land on which to build your dream house, Don DeSha says, it always pays to do a little digging.
    DeSha, a Harriman resident, is a partner with Oneida native Randy West in Soil Solutions Inc., a consulting service for anyone interested in having a septic system installed.
    Clients include both residential and industrial developers.

  • McGriff retires with $15,000 bonus

    Toni McGriff’s last evaluation as Roane County director of schools resulted in a $15,000 bonus.
    The bonus was based on Board of Education assessments of her performance, and a point system was used to determine the amount.
    A score below 480 would have resulted in no bonus. A score between 661-700 would result in a $15,000 bonus. McGriff scored 686.School board attorney Chuck Cagle tallied the score.
    McGriff retired as director of schools on June 30.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: This season’s sting has no relation to sunburn

    After the past mild winter, it should come as no surprise that the bugs are bad this year.
    I expected as much from the usual three summer pests: mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks.
    And I haven’t been surprised by the odd ant invasion. I figure they were either looking for water (during the June drought), or trying to get away from it (during July’s soaking rains).
    What really has surprised me are the  veracity of my encounters with stinging insects.

  • GUEST OPINION: McCain stands up for Muslims — and America

    By Charles C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Last week, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor to defend Huma Abedin – a Muslim American who serves as an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Although a small blip in the news cycle, McCain’s speech may ultimately prove to be a turning point in the struggle to combat Islamophobia in the United States.

    Witch-hunts, history teaches, cease only when witch-hunters go too far — and some courageous soul dares to cry “enough.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Things we should consider in assessor’s race

    The reader will recall that many months have passed since it was announced that we had given our farm here in Lick Skillet to the State of Tennessee, subject to the reservation of a small part thereof for our continued use for life as our homeplace.

    Well, you may have wondered what has happened since then?

    The answer is that for the state to implement a new project takes quite some time, as it should, but progress is being made, albeit slowly.

  • Mayfield going negative after all?

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign is accusing a rival campaign of going negative.

    Fleischmann, Ron Bhalla, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp are vying for the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Roane County.

    The Mayfield campaign has released a TV ad and sent out a news release accusing Fleischmann of aiding the agenda of President Barack Obama.

    Fleischmann, according to the release, is first in casting votes with Obama and last in cutting spending.