Today's News

  • Students’ mom denies threatening Harriman principal, school staff

    A mother is vowing to contest allegations that she harassed Harriman High School Principal Scott Calahan.

    “I deny the charge,” Jateal Pendergrass said Wednesday. “What do I look like pleading guilty to something I didn’t do.”

    According to a warrant filed in the case, Calahan expelled one of Pendergrass’ children and suspended another for fighting on April 20.

  • Father who left infant son in car after crash arrested

    The man who allegedly left his 1-year-old son in a vehicle following a crash last month was arrested over the weekend.

    David Ray Diebel, 31, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, custodial interference, child abuse and neglect, driving on a revoked/suspended license, leaving the scene, aggravated assault, duty to give information and render aid, immediate notice of accident and domestic assault.

  • Harriman utilities, city, businesses host trunk or treat event

    By Richard Evans

    The City of Harriman and the business community will join the Harriman Utility Board in hosting a trunk or treat celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

    Mayor Wayne Best made the announcement during the council meeting on Tuesday evening.

    Three blocks of Roane Street will be blocked off for the event, which will take place from 5-8 p.m.

    Several churches are also involved.

    “Anybody that wants to get involved can, they just need to fill out the form,” Best said.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Charlie and Delphia Snow

    I don’t know if Charlie or Delphia Snow ever expressed it out loud or not, but I’d just bet that they — each one in their heart of hearts — hoped they would leave this mortal existence at the same time. And, although it wasn’t exactly at the same time, it was close enough, for Charlie died 28 September, and Delphia died six days later on 4 October. Since they had been together for 66 years, it is only fitting and proper that even in death their union remain unbroken.

  • Seniors rolling for big scores


    October 5

    1st High Game - Donna Wright, Aryn Milhollon 460

    2nd High Game - Donna Wright, Aryn Milhollon 484

    3rd High Game - Connie Milhollon, Roger Golliher 431

    High Scores today - Rick Matthews 217 game, Aryn Milhollon 212 game, Connie Milhollon 247 game 560 series

    High Series for today - Donna Wright, Aryn Milhollon 1374

    High Series September - Beverly Zeilman, Paul Alexander 1309

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 167, Rick Matthews 187

  • TSSAA Op-Ed: Growing up in the Digital Age

    By Karissa Niehoff

    for The Roane County News

    From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have had challenges growing up.

    In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways.

    The Washington Post confirms that 73 percent of all American teenagers own their own smartphone and, on average, spend almost nine hours a day texting, chatting, gaming, blogging, streaming and visiting with friends online.

  • Lady Tigers advance with Devil win

    Roane County Schools went on fall break on Monday, but district tournament soccer also started on the same day as two county rivals squared off in an elimination match on the soccer field.

    The Harriman Lady Devils travelled the short trip to county foe Rockwood-Midway on Monday evening at Brillo Miller Sports complex.

    The warm weather took a break as the cooler air brought its way to Rockwood for ideal conditions for soccer.

    The Lady Tigers/Waves were able to pick up the 9-0 win, thus ending Harriman’s season.

  • Middle School softball tourney round-up

    By Melissa Coley


    The Clinch Valley State Sectional Tournament was played at the Flour Mill Flats fields in Harriman last week.

    Six teams started the tournament with Coalfield and Midway being the number one seeds from their respective district.

    Harriman opened with Oneida and easily defeated the Lady Indians to move on in the winner’s bracket to face Coalfield.

  • Lady Devils repeat as champs

    By Melissa Coley


    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils repeated as the Clinch Valley State Sectional Champions by working their way through the loser’s bracket and defeating the Coalfield Lady Jackets twice by scores of 6-5 and 13-1 to win their third title in the last four years.

    On Thursday evening, Harriman advanced to the championship game by defeating the Midway Lady Waves who won the South District Championship and had beaten the Lady Devils four times in the regular season.

  • Schools get block scheduling reprieve

    Roane County High School, Rockwood High School and Harriman High School are expected to have some training on block scheduling before those schools close and students move into a new consolidated high school.

    “We have found that when you go to block scheduling, it’s a lot harder than maybe we thought it would be,” Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said last month.