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Today's News

  • What’s the SCORE? Is connectivity destroying your productivity?

    By DANA PETERKA

    Several months ago, we discussed letting others control our priorities. In the column I wrote that when I see people immediately responding to a phone call, email, instant message or text, I wonder if they are managing themselves or letting others control them.

    I quoted a Microsoft and University of Illinois study which found, when interrupted by an email, instant message or text, it takes a worker an average of 17 minutes to get back to what he was doing.

  • Going With the Flo: There’s a war going on for the soul of this nation

    By Flo Charles

    Noah Webster — the great scholar and university president who gave us the Webster’s Dictionary — said, “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God ... if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted. ... if a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it is because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Back to the drawing board for mega-school scheme!

    Gentle reader: As we left you last week, Dr. Watkins’ departure was anticipated although not quite certain. Since that time her resignation has been submitted, and accepted. The School Board has named former Director Gary Aytes as interim Director to act until a permanent Director is found and put into place, according to Damon Lawrence’s front-page account last Monday.

  • County may cut tourism funds

    Funding for tourism was a topic during Tuesday’s public hearing and work session on the county budget.

    The majority of those who spoke during the hearing addressed issues with how much money the county is planning to allocate to tourism in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Harriman facing $17M hospital question

    Harriman officials got sticker shock when they learned about the potential cost of renovating the old Harriman Hospital for use as a city municipal building.

    Broken down into three phases, the total cost would be around $17 million if everything were done with the three sections, including building an area with bays for the fire department in phase 2.

    “We are either going to keep it and fix it or tear it down and be done with it,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

    The key, he said, is deciding what would be best for the city of Harriman.

  • RED  WHITE  & beaker  BLUE
  • New police chief named

    Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey was officially voted in as the chief at Tuesday’s Harriman City Council meeting.

    The former assistant chief has been acting chief since the resignation of Chief Derek Pacifico.

    “I think he’s paid his dues …” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    Since taking office city officials have been happy with Humphrey’s approach to the drug problem.

  • Road workers still on track for 5% pay raise

    Concerned about their 5 percent raise, employees with the Roane County Road Department showed up in force at Tuesday’s public hearing on the county’s 2018-19 budget.

    “They were just concerned that they would try to take their raise out,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “They wanted to come in case it came up and let them know they wanted their raise.”

  • Shooting may have been self defense

    A shooting on Post Oak Valley Road that sent one man to the hospital may have been a case of self defense.

    “You have a right to protect yourself in your home,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened on Friday around 11:45 p.m. According to Stockton, Grant McNeal was at his home when Evan Gardner came over and kicked his door in.

  • PEDALING PARADE

    A group of 23 bicyclists and their support crew passed through Roane County along Hwy. 70 through Kingston and into Midtown Thursday afternoon.

    It was part of a trek across the country, in the hopes of raising funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

    The bicyclists started in Baltimore on June 3 and are one of three bicycle teams traversing the country.

    This team’s destination is San Francisco. The other two teams are pedaling to Portland and Seattle.

    They all are hoping to get to their destinations by Aug. 11.