Today's News

  • Harriman may demo part of old hospital, sell others

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman is moving toward demolishing the old section of the former Harriman Hospital to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

    Mayor Wayne Best said the city is currently working on the environmental impact study.

    “That’s what we’re working on right now. We’ve got to get it done,” he said.

  • Officials monitor sickness in schools

    Roane County Schools continues to monitor the sickness in its buildings.

    “We checked it last Thursday and we were at 94 percent attendance,” Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “For this time of year that’s really good.”

    Classes were cancelled for a few days last month because of sickness and weather. Aytes said buildings were cleaned during those days.

    “I think that’s made a difference,” he said.

    Aytes said they are still seeing some flu, but the numbers aren’t alarming.


    By Richard Evans

    Teachers from Midtown and Bowers elementary schools received trauma informed training on Friday.

    “A trauma informed school is a school that focuses on students who are in our building that come from homes with trauma situations, which will affect their learning and will affect their behavior at school,” said Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown Elementary.

    She said trauma could include divorce, a death in the family or it could be some type of abuse taking place in the home.

  • Tom Fuller Park work draws near

    By Richard Evans

    Bid packets for the construction of a trailhead and greenway at Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood are expected to be sent out in March.

    Construction could begin this summer.

    The project, which will go roughly two miles from Pumphouse Road to U.S. 27, has been in the works since the grant was awarded in 2016, said City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “It’s taken some time but we’ve had to wait on the state,” she said.

  • Stockton named to state board

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

    “I’ll serve with dignity and honor,” Stockton said. “I think it was an honor to even get offered the position.”

    Stockton said he was appointed by former Gov. Bill Haslam before he left office.

    “I’ve already been sworn in and taken the oath of office,” Stockton said.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Will any Republican present a “Profile in Courage?”

    Gentle Reader: You are on the threshold of witnessing one of the seminal moments in American history, during which you will see the Republic strengthen and regain its rightful place in the pantheon of democracy, or contrariwise witness another step backwards into a state of oligarchical domination. The principal players in this drama of national destiny are those persons who are partisans of the Republican Party organization.

  • Going With the Flo:American character is being tested at the very core

    By Flo Charles

    We all come from various backgrounds, but we’re all Americans who have a responsibility to stand with our president as he fights for the principles our founders left us – for our freedoms, our safety and strong borders.

    Did you know that billions of dollars a year are spent on immigrants for welfare and social services by the American taxpayers?

    In 1945, under the leadership of General Dwight Eisenhower and the Allied commanders, a treaty was signed after entering the war on two fronts in Europe and the Pacific.

  • Pattersons Home Appliance founder dies at age of 94

    By Richard Evans

    Don Patterson, a longtime Harriman business owner, passed away Tuesday at Roane Medical Center.

    Patterson founded Patterson Home Appliances in Harriman in 1965 after working in Oak Ridge following World War II.

    He later passed the business over to his son Steve,and grandson Mark has now taken over leadership at the company.

    He was 94 years old. Funeral arrangements were pending as of press time.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: What will history say about us?

    By Mark Banker

    Do great men make history? Or do ordinary men take advantage of opportune, fleeting moments to bend history toward greatness?

    The gender-specific nature of these queries may be out of fashion in 2019. But our most thoughtful forebearers long pondered this age-old riddle.

  • OS gives Wartburg a surprise

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats are heading back to the Region 2-A Tournament for the first time since 2015.

    The Lady ’Cats accomplished the feat Wednesday night by going on an 8-0 run in the final 50 seconds to defeat Wartburg 45-41 in the second round of the District 3-A Tournament.

    “I’m proud of my kids,” Oliver Springs head coach said following the game. “It’s a big win for us and it’s nice to be back to where we want to be.”