Today's News

  • Blue Devils swat the Jackets

    Sometimes, fundamentals are all it takes.

    The Harriman Blue Devils showed that defense, plate discipline and strong pitching can go a long way in their 4-1 Region 2 1A semi-final victory against the Lookout Valley Yellow Jackets in Chattanooga Monday evening.

    “We played great defense,” Harriman Coach Andy Adcox said. “And (Brandon) Turpin’s pitching once again carried us.

    “He’s done a great job all year and he did it again tonight.

  • Lady Devils go back-to-back

    By Jason Perry


    The Coalfield Lady Jackets beat the Harriman Lady Devils, 7-3, in the first game between the teams Friday night in Coalfield, but the Lady Devils wouldn’t be denied as they rebounded to win the second game, 16-11, along with their second consecutive 1A District 3 Title.

    Harriman had dominated the district in the regular season, going unbeaten.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Providing rural services of fire protection and animal control

    By Ron Woody

    Previous articles addressed the question of whether the county has an emergency fund and how the county operates an ambulance department like an independent business in the fund structure of accounting.

    This third article focuses on rural fire service and animal control. Rural Service means a service available to residents who live outside the boundaries of city government.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Father, daughter both worry about current political climate

    By Mark Banker

    Last week’s reflections on Biblical justice revealed influences from my most immediate and important forebear. Today’s debt goes to my most immediate and important heir.

    Tollie Jean Banker was born in Albuquerque in 1980. Carrying the names of three men — great-grandfather, grandfather and father — and growing up in culturally-rich New Mexico imprinted our daughter in ways Kathy and I could not have foreseen.

  • Environmental sampling complete at Swan Pond

    By John Shaw


    The Swan Pond Sports Complex and Lakeshore Park were created as part of the cleanup and rehabilitation activities associated with the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash release at the Kingston Fossil Plant that occurred on December 22, 2008.

    However, serious health impact concerns arouse during cleanup worker court proceedings as to the hazardous nature of coal ash.

  • Medicare scammed out of $1.7 billion

    Scammers have billed Medicare $1.7 billion in phony invoices for selling hundreds of thousands of people medical equipment we don’t need. Federal agencies have brought charges for peddling unnecessary braces for knee, wrist, shoulder and back.

    How did this happen? We answered TV and radio ads aimed at Medicare beneficiaries. By calling them for more information, we were offered “free” devices we didn’t need.

  • NAACP offers ‘GED’ classes

    High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) prep classes will be offered beginning Monday, May 13, from 5-8 p.m. at the Greenwood School building, 726 Greenwood St., Kingston.

    The free class is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has not received a high school or equivalency diploma.

    The Greenwood School Education Foundation, funded under an agreement with The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will provide the prep classes and administer the equivalency tests.

  • Drug court staff tackle program training

    Members of Roane County’s Recovery Court staff recently attended training offered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Drug Court Institute in collaboration with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

    The training took place at the Harriman office of Westcare, which, operating off a grant, has contracted with Roane County to provide assistance to the Recovery Court, providing counseling, classes, and encouragement to the clients or participants of Roane County’s first drug court.

  • DCS worker flashes ID to visit inmate

    A trip to the Roane County Jail landed a Tennessee Department of Children’s Services worker in trouble.

    Roderick Chase Bennett is accused of using his DCS credentials to bypass security and meet with a teen inmate.

    Zachery Ray, 18, was in custody on charges related to an alleged robbery when Bennett showed up at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 15, 2018.

  • McFall contract OK’d

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a four-year contract for new Director of Schools LaDonna McFall last week.

    The contract starts on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2023.

    “I appreciate the work that the negotiation committee put in and looking forward to getting the new director in and getting started and moving forward,” Board Member Danny Wright said.