Today's News

  • Harriman Sears to close its doors

    After 37 years in Harriman, Sears Hometown Store will be closing Jan. 1, 2019.

    “It’s amazing how well we’ve done and how many friends we’ve made over the years,” said store owner Charlie Jones.

    This was a good year for the store, Jones said.

    Unfortunately the Sears corporate office didn’t fare as well.

    After filing for bankruptcy protection last month and closing a number of large stores including one in Knoxville, Sears said that the small hometown stores would not be affected.

  • Youth Leadership program seeking applicants for 2019

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Roane County Youth Leadership.

    The program is open to all Roane County high school, private school and home-schooled students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2019-20 school year. The program is a partnership between Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane State Community College.

    The goal is for students to improve their leadership skills through class study, interactions with community leaders and exercising the skills they learned for a community service project.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Common goals unite opposites

    Last week, opinion-editorial pages from an array of newspapers and web-sites offered advice to readers who hoped to avoid heated debates with kin and others about politics and other controversial matters as they ate their Thanksgiving meal.

    If we six “Banker Boys” had reconvened last Thursday, perhaps that advice might have been helpful. But, in my brothers’ absence, unpleasant discourse was not an issue in our household.

  • OS comes from behind to exorcise the Devils

    By Jack Sims


    In what was an exciting, come from behind win, the Oliver Springs Bobcats rose to the occasion and snatched victory from defeat against the Jellico Blue Devils, 54-52, Tuesday afternoon in Oliver Springs.

    The Bobcats gathered in the opening tipoff and put the first points on the board.

    Not to be outdone, the Blue Devils showed they came to play and play they did.

  • Operation REACH brings Christmas cheer

    After 43 years of helping children in Roane County, Operation REACH is undergoing changes, but organizers want folks to know they can still contribute to the holiday charity.

    The project got a slow start this year due to changes in leadership, according to Linda Townsend, chairwoman of the board for Operation REACH.

    “We had some changes, but we are doing the best we can with what we have,” she said.

  • Schools opt to say no to corporal punishment

    Corporal punishment remains banned in Roane County Schools, but not all members of the Board of Education support the policy.

    “I just think we should allow it,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller shared his opinion during a meeting earlier this month when the school board made a slight revision to the policy.

    He said corporal punishment always got his attention.

    “I just think we ought to be able to use it if a principal or a teacher sees fit,” Miller said.

  • Roane E-911 set to get new facility

    Roane County E-911 has secured a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program to help build its new center.

    “We have worked it into our budget to do this,” Roane E-911 Director Mike Hooks said.

    “Our center, we’ve just outgrown it.”

    The loan is for $2.7 million.

    “The county is not responsible for the debt in no way,” Hooks said. “We’re a stand-alone entity.”

    Roane E-911 has already identified the site for its new center.

  • Teen robbery suspect nets more charges

    Additional charges have been filed against a Rockwood teen accused in an alleged robbery.

    Zachary Douglas Ray was arrested on Nov. 13 for especially aggravated robbery.

    In addition to that, Ray is now also facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and violation of probation/parole, according to Roane County Jail records.

    According to a sheriff’s office report, Ray and a masked accomplice allegedly robbed a woman of $20, a pack of cigarettes and a cell phone. The victim told police Ray also ran over her ankle with a Ford Explorer.