Today's News

  • Oak Ridge offers senior driving help

    The Oak Ridge Senior Center will offer the CarFit educational program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, for anyone 50 and over.

    The free event is focused on helping drivers gain greater comfort and control in their vehicles as well as enhancing driving safety.

    CarFit is designed by the American Society of Aging, AAA, the AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    A trained CarFit volunteer will ask simple questions and complete a 13-point checklist with attendees and their vehicle.

  • Raise awareness by snapping litter picture

    Tennessee Wildlife Federation wants your litter pictures. Whether it’s in the woods, on the lake, along a river, or by the road, send the Federation your snapshots of the cans, bottles and outright trash that make our great outdoors a little less great.

    To submit photos and help raise awareness of Tennessee’s litter problem, visit tnwf.org/litter.

  • Invasive species of tick found in Roane

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture announced last week the detection of the invasive Asian longhorned tick in Tennessee.

    The Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 11 states.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there is no evidence that the tick has transmitted pathogens to humans or animals in the U.S.

  • Poplar Creek Road to close

    Motorists who use Poplar Creek Road will soon have to find an alternate route. The road will be shutdown for an extended period of time for repairs beginning Monday, June 3.

    “You will need to give yourself extra time and find an alternate route during this process,” the Roane County Highway department said in a press release. “We apologize for the inconvenience as Poplar Creek Road is being repaired.”

    The shut down on Poplar Creek will occur in the area of the cave that is currently one lane, according to the highway department.

  • Shipwreck to hold block party

    The Kingston City Council recently unanimously voted to allow Shipwreck Diner to close a section of First Street to hold a block party.

    Sara Prinzi, one of the owners of the restaurant, said that positive reaction to a recent shrimp boil event encouraged the restaurant to hold another larger event in the street.

    “We would like to have more room so that people are not crowded into the restaurant,” she said.

    She said that she had spoken to neighbors and determined that were no objections to closing the road.

  • Beware of grilling dangers over Memorial Day holiday

    Often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend includes lots of celebrations featuring cookouts and barbecues. As the holiday and warmer months near, the National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to follow some basic precautions for safely grilling outdoors.

    According to National Fire Protection Association statistics, in 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 10,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues, including an average of 4,500 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires.

  • Local law enforcement hold drug awareness program

    The first ever “ROCO Says No” event will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Harriman High School Gymnasium.

    Harriman Police Chief Baron Tapp said while the event is being hosted in Harriman it’s not just about Harriman — it’s for the greater Roane County area.

    “It’s for anybody who feels like they need help with a drug problem or anybody that has family members or friends they want to try to get help for,” said Tapp.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Would Trump entry rules fit any of the Trumps?

    Gentle reader: Where to begin? Since last we talked, all manner of old topics remain yet unresolved, and new ones keep coming to the fore. No one can doubt that we are the recipients of that ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times!”

  • Going With the Flo: America built on idea of ‘One Nation, Under God’

    By Flo Charles

    Have you been sickened lately with the news that’s intent on destroying your confidence in our nation and its authentic leadership? I have been!

    It was so refreshing to read about the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. and the fact that on the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument are two words: Laus Deo.

    No one can see the words; most people are unaware that they are there.