Today's News

  • Going With the Flo: Our founders had honor, but where is our honor?

    Never forget the price our founding fathers paid for our freedom!

    These were men of means with an education and a deep love for freedom. They knew the price they might pay, if caught, for signing the Declaration of Independence but knew the price would mean freedom for all Americans.

    Of the 56 men who signed it, five were arrested by the British as traitors, tortured and executed; 12 had their homes looted and burned by the enemy.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Trump adds to growth of foreign-born number

    Gentle reader, after the republic has rid itself of its current chief magistrate, Donald John Trump, by whatever means the gods ordain, we dare-say that faculties of numerous learned institutions will devote untold years of speculation, research, and in some case fantisization as to just exactly what was wrong with said Donald John Trump and just exactly why did he behave as he did during his tenure in the presidency.

  • Serial burglar gets 12 years in prison

    If you go on a crime spree that wrecks the lives of multiple people, don’t expect to get off with probation.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent that message on Monday, when he sentenced Timothy Shawn Fink to 12 years in prison.

    “That’s one thing the court really relied upon,” Wicks said. “What kind of message would the court be sending to the community if someone could go on basically the one-man crime spree that Mr. Fink did and then get full probation out of it?”

  • Female paramedic sues for pay equality

    A woman who worked as a paramedic for Roane County EMS is suing the service in federal court.

    Rhonda R. Wallace claims in her lawsuit that she did the same work as her male counterparts, but was paid less.

    “Defendant discriminated against plaintiff on the basis of sex by paying wages at a rate less than the rate at which it pays wages to employees of the opposite sex, the disparity of which was based on plaintiff’s gender,” the lawsuit alleges.

  • Henry here on Fourth to speak in Harriman

    Tennessee Deputy Governor Jim Henry will speak during Wednesday’s Veterans Appreciation Day event at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    Henry, a Vietnam veteran, will speak at approximately 2 p.m.

    Gates open at noon, and the public is invited.

    A former mayor of Kingston, Henry was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as deputy governor on June 30, 2015, after serving two years as commissioner for the Department of Children’s Services.

  • DA elected to state executive committee

    Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, whose jurisdiction includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties, has been elected by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

    “I am honored to serve on the Executive Committee,” Johnson said. “I’m proud to call Tennessee home, and I am dedicated to making sure my neighbors in the communities I serve feel safe.”

  • Attendance up at Tennessee Medieval Faire

    From staff reports

    The 2018 Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman attracted a record number of visitors from as far away as California and Hawaii.

    Faire organizer Barrie Paulson of Darkhorse Entertainment LLC thanked the more than 3,274 patrons and participants who drove from 22 states and from 46 Tennessee counties.

    That’s one more state, including Washington and Arizona, and 14 more counties than last year, Paulson said.

  • Worker says disgruntled customer attacked him

    An employee at Harbor Freight told Rockwood police he was attacked by someone who was with a disgruntled customer. Officer Jared Hall responded to the business on June 24 to look into the incident.

    “I spoke to store employee Christian Smith, who said he was attacked, knocked down and his phone stolen,” the report said. “He told me that a customer in the store was doing a return and was not happy.”

    The report said the store manager took over the transaction and Smith went outside to take a break.

  • Oil shortages forcing gas prices back up

    Gas prices faced upward pressure in the days before Independence Day.

    AAA forecasts nearly 47 million Americans are traveling for the holiday. The 39.7 million driving will find gas prices 50-60 cents more than last year.

    Gas prices in Tennessee remain a half cent below what motorists paid this time last year.

    Sunday’s average of $2.60 is 60 cents more than this time last year.