Today's News

  • Football Friday in Roane County

    The high school football season pulls into its next stop tonight for Week Four.

    After last week’s contest featured three of the five Roane County programs starting the region part of the schedule, this week will be non-region games.

    Rest assured, though, the games will be no less important for the outcome of the year.


    @ Rockwood

    It’s always big when Roane County teams play one another. The game between Kingston and Rockwood is arguably one of the biggest.

  • Generational Tigers set for big game

    When an annual rivalry game goes as long as the Rockwood and Harriman football game, it stands to reason there will be generations that have played.

    That’s the case for the Gaskins family.

    Tiger Assistant Coach Matt Gaskins graduated in 1995, but will be at the Sept. 27 100th meeting of the teams in his capacity with the team.

    He’ll also be playing in the Alumni game scheduled for the next night.

    Gaskins’ son Abe is a senior at the high school and will be playing in the game.

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: A trip to the dentist no cause for woe in this day and age


    I went to the dentist the other day to have a tooth filled. It has been a really long time since I had required a filling and I am astounded at the progress that has been made in the field of dentistry.

    Gone are the sharp, pinching needles to numb my mouth. Instead, my dentist used a little magic wand which he moved around the offending tooth. And then it was numb! No needles, no nothing!

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Remembering Red Summer in East Tennessee history


    Two weeks ago marked the 100th anniversary of Knoxville’s “red summer.”

    Racial unrest erupted on Gay Street in August 1919 when questionable testimony about the murder of a white women led to the arrest of Maurice Hayes, a prominent and controversial, 32-year-old, mixed-race businessman.

    By the time an angry crowd marched on the jail intent on lynching Hayes the next day, he had been transferred to Chattanooga. But the mob found and consumed a stash of confiscated liquor.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: ‘Fall Out’ — managing the variance

    By Ron Woody

    The Budget Committee works on the annual budgets with the staff by reviewing the prior year’s comparison of actual revenues and expenditures to the budgeted revenues and expenditures (appropriations).

    The staff and budget committee also review the current year’s performance and projects how the current year will end projecting actual revenue and expenditures to budget.

  • Harriman Music Club hosts pianist

    Harriman Music Club will have its first meeting of the 2019-2020 season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at West Hills Presbyterian Church, 506 West Hills Drive, Harriman.

    Visitors are welcome. For additional information, call Linda Silvera at 882-1064. A meal will be served before the musical program. Meat and drinks will be furnished by the officers of the club. Those attending are asked to bring side dishes to round out the meal.

  • One hurt escaping house fire

    From staff reports

    Around 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, the Kingston Fire Department responded to a home at 211 Kelsey Drive.

    “It came in as a medical call. We were then advised that the home was on fire,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

    A resident of the home, Lora Neal, was injured when she jumped out a bedroom window.

    “She cut an artery in her arm,” Gordon said.

    Neal was treated at the scene and flown by LifeStar to UT Medical Center for treatment and released that night, he said.

  • Three Rivers, city to offer acting classes

    By Richard Evans

    Aspiring thespians in Roane County will soon be getting an opportunity to learn from professionals.

    The Three River Theatre Company is partnering with Harriman Parks & Recreation to bring acting classes to the Harriman Community Center.

    The two classes will be for “Broadway Kids,” ages 5-9, and “Intro to Acting,” ages 10-18.

    Classes for “Intro to Acting” will start Monday, Sept. 16 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost is $240 per child, in four monthly payments of $60.

  • Ellis re-elected chair of county commission

    Randy Ellis has been re-elected chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    The first item of new business on Monday’s agenda was electing the chairman. Ellis received 12 of 14 votes. One commissioner was absent.

    “Thank you all very much for the faith you’ve placed in me,” he told his colleagues after the vote.