Today's News

  • Lunch With the League next week

    Robert Kennedy III, a Tetra Tech registered professional engineer, will be the speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ fall kickoff of Lunch with the League.

    The inaugural event will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Kennedy’s presentation, "A New Reflection on Mirrors and Smoke," will cover a new concept using giant photovoltaic mirrors in space.

  • AAA program aims to cut down on drunk drivers over holiday weekend

    AAA’s Tow to Go program will be offered in Roane County this Labor Day holiday weekend to help protect motorists.

    The Auto Club Group has provided the Tow to Go service for more than 14 years because it allows AAA to protect the freedom and mobility of everyone on our roadways.

    The program’s mission is to discourage an intoxicated driver from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives and safety of other motorists.

  • Making Music Club plans for 2012-13

    Harriman Music Club officers and directors planning the programs for the organization’s 103rd season are, clockwise from left, Publicity Chairwoman Margie Wadlington, Director Debbie Underwood, Assistant Publicity Chairwoman Julianne Bailey, President Laura Walker, Director Jo Belle Masters, Telephone Chairwoman Mary Hickey and Secretary Peggy Sheppard.

    The season kicks off at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Wadlington home.

    A Roane County High School instrumental ensemble will provide entertainment.

  • Tigers come up just short against No. 1 Grace

    For more than 47 minutes the Rockwood Tigers had No. 1 ranked Grace Christian Academy on the ropes Thursday night at Civitan Field, but the Tigers couldn’t close the door in the final minute as Ram QB Devin Smith tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Will McKamey with 25.3 seconds left to play to give the Rams a 12-7 victory.

  • Reward offered in shooting death in East Roane County

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help to solve a Roane County homicide case.
    Family members discovered Russel C. Blevins shot to death in his home on Hart Orchard Road on Aug. 12.
    He was a World War II veteran.
    Blevins, 85, was shot multiple times, according to the TBI.
    His family is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: The same air that hammers can also stroke

    Late August hangs heavy.
    It can burden us with some of the hottest, most humid days of summer, then throw us a clear, cool spell to remind us relief is ahead.
    I was thinking these thoughts as I walked my dogs on the ridgetop as night set about tucking itself in.
    The honeysuckle-scented air was all the sweeter because I knew it would not be around much longer.

  • Death photos posted online

    Crime scene death photos of Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown have reportedly been posted on Facebook.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter.
    Jones and Brown were killed in a shootout with brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on May 11, 2006.
    “Evidently the photos are also posted on a sign located on the Houston property in Roane County,” Johnson’s office said in a news release.

  • Miracle man seeks missing dog

    Donny Andrews witnessed his first miracle nine years ago when he was spared from death after contracting an often-fatal form of hepatitis.
    Now he and his wife, Sharon, are looking for another miracle as they search for their beloved black-and-white Chihuahua, Toby, that helped get Donny overcome his grave illness.
    Toby went missing early Monday after Donny let him out of their house in the Swan Pond community for his morning break.
    Sharon wanted him to walk Toby on a leash, but Donny decided to give him some space.


    One of the best kitchen gadgets I’ve ever invested in is a digital thermometer.
    Within seconds, it tells me the temperature of the food I’m cooking and whether it’s done.
    Temperature is one of the most important safety steps in food preparation to avoid food poisoning. To help us stay safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a free booklet especially for us: Food Safety for Older Adults.

  • Guest OPINION: Traffic laws way to curb reckless paparazzi

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    Fame doesn’t always inspire the best legislation.

    In striving to carve out protection for celebrities, lawmakers can sometimes overlook the impact on those who don’t get cameras pointed their way.

    Case in point is a California law that prohibits reckless driving in the pursuit of “commercial” photos.