Today's News

  • Gibson-Shipwash

    Shayla Gibson and Jake Shipwash, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. June 22 at the home of the prospective groom’s parents at 333 Snow Lane, Harriman.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Tracie and Sean Gibson.

    Her grandparents are Clara Pickard and the late Willie Pickard, and Rolland and Beverly Gibson.

    The prospective groom is the son of Stacy and Timothy Shipwash.

    His grandparents are Louise and Leroy Shipwash, and Louise and Jack Taylor.

  • Nominees sought for FSA county committee

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is seeking area farmers and ranchers to serve on the county committee for the coming year.

    An informational meeting to explain the county committee nomination and election processes will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 17 in the FSA office at 424 N. Kentucky St., Room 100, Kingston.

    Anyone interested in more information about the FSA county committee may drop in at any time during this meeting or call 376-2392.

  • GUEST OPINION: Crying out loud: When free speech is shouted down

    First Amendment Center
    So how “free” is free speech, really?

    By law, under the First Amendment, speech is very free. Government can only stop us from speaking, or punish us for what we’ve said, under very limited circumstances.

    Sometimes, those limits on free speech are pretty clear and generally agreed upon. For example, speech that is involved in a criminal act like extortion or blackmail finds no shelter in the First Amendment.

  • Torture is torture: It’s both illegal and wrong

    Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan vigorously championed U.S. ratification of the international Convention Against Torture, which he signed on April 18, 1988.

    Reagan acclaimed it as having marked a significant step in the development of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment.

  • If you can paddle a pumpkin ....

    The city of Kingston’s raft is going to be under new management, so to speak, at this year’s July 4th homemade raft race.

    Former City manager Jim Pinkerton had been the captain of the Kingston raft for the past five years, but he retired in April.

    New Kingston City Manaer David Bolling has agreed to take the helm at the city’s big festival.

    He’s been warned he might get wet. The Kingston crew tends to have a friendly mutiny every year toward the end of the race.

  • Roane County Citizen Academy members graduate
  • Roane, by the numbers

    It’s budget season, and Roane County finance director Kaley Walker is in her element.

    “I am a math nerd, so I love all this stuff,” she said. “I think there are not enough girls going into finance and engineering.”

    Walker likes the black-and-white clarity of numbers.
    “I have to have a right answer or wrong answer,” she said.

    Walker was hired by County Executive Ron Woody in 2010, at the recommendation of his wife, Becky.


    Whether work crews at Ladd Landing have made progress toward finishing the greenway project before a June 30 deadline has apparently come down to a matter of opinion.

    At a June 4 Kingston City Council work session, the opinion of the engineer overseeing the project seemed at odds with those of councilmen.

  • Grill & Pub may reopen under new management

    A Harriman woman wants to sell beer at 2224 Harriman Hwy., site of the Grill & Pub.

    The Roane County Beer Board was scheduled to hear Roma L. Christopher’s application for a beer permit today.

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton’s beer permit was revoked for a year on Feb. 12 after the county beer board decided the business was a magnet for trouble.

    Christopher’s application was dated May 6. Her address was listed as 324 Barnett Circle, Harriman.

  • More charges against man who invaded Bowers school

    A man who got in trouble for barging into an elementary school has more legal trouble.

    Jim Estes has been charged with public intoxication after a June 6 incident when he allegedly tred to pick up narcotics on a forged prescription.

    “The male subject was advised by (Walgreens) staff that he was not to return to the store and was banned from the property,” Harriman officer Michael W. Cox said in an arrest warrant.

    Cox said Estes had slurred speech and stumbled and “almost fell three times.”