Today's News

  • Champion Harriman coach mourned

    Former Harriman High School basketball coach Richard D. Pickell, who passed away Tuesday at age 77, was a legend long before the Harriman High School gymnasium was named after him in 1988.

    Friends, family members and former players will meet today from 6 to 8 p.m. in that same gym to celebrate his life.

    “He was a good coach and a good man,” Roane County Board of Education member Darrell “Drack” Langley said. “He had discipline, and he knew the game.”

  • Victory’s still sweet when you’re unopposed

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton knows what it’s like to sweat it out on election night. Thursday wasn’t one of those nights, however.

    Stockton was a shoo-in to win his fourth term as sheriff because he was unopposed in Thursday’s election.

    “This is the first time I’ve ever done that,” Stockton said. “It’s a blessing and it feels good to know you’ve got a job for four more years.”

    Stockton was one of several candidates who ran unopposed this year.

  • Tattoo artist won’t be tried

    Joshua Argubright maintained his innocence after he was charged with sexual battery and theft.

    He no longer has to worry about proving it in court because the District Attorney General’s Office has chosen not to prosecute the case.

    “I want my life back,” Argubright said.

    Argubright operates a tattoo and piercing shop – Ain’t Rite Ink – on South Roane Street in Harriman.

  • Hacking not an election worry in Roane

    Hacking was not a concern for Roane County’s chief election official heading into Thursday’s election.

    “Our machines are not tied to the internet or website or anything like that,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    The State Primary and County General Election was held on Thursday. There were contested races up and down the ballot. Holiway said turnout was light as of 1 p.m. The wet weather may have had something to do with that.

  • Going With the Flo: Our country needs statesmen with courage and convictions

    Maintaining an attitude of gratitude for God’s goodness and divine intervention for America is so satisfying to the soul, creating a harmonious atmosphere. God gave us a strong and merciful president.

    President Trump commuted a life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who had served 22 years behind bars for getting involved in drug trafficking following a terrible period in her life.

    She lost her job of 10 years because of gambling, got divorced, then lost her youngest son in a motorcycle accident.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Thoughts on the legal profession and Trump

    Gentle Reader: As you may know, the old curmudgeon was admitted to the Bar in the spring of 1959, and practiced law for over a half century thereafter, until he decided it was time to retire a few years ago, but the Roane County Bar Association very kindly allowed him to remain as an emeritus member of that organization.

  • Alumni group helps Harriman schools, students

    Harriman schools get a helping hand from those who formerly passed through their doors.

    The purpose of the Harriman City Schools Alumni Association is “to advance, promote, and better the general welfare of the schools of the Harriman City School District and to administer the distribution of the three funds set up to assist students with school-related financial issues.”

    The funds include:

    • Miss Lucy Fund in honor of Miss Lucy Pierce Botkin, former teacher and librarian

  • Johnson tops in early voting for county clerk; Mason leads for trustee; Woody on way to another term

    Early voting*

    County Clerk
    Chase Clem 3140
    Beth Gage Johnson 3454

    Nick Forrester 2793
    Chris Mason 3613

    County Executive
    David Morgan 1599
    Ron Woody 4912

    *Unofficial results

  • Lots of tall tales about Watts Bar Lake weeds

    A lot of theories about what’s going on with aquatic plants this year on Watts Bar Lake have been brought to light on social media.

    TVA officials report they’ve heard a number of rumors — from high-water flows, commercial plant management companies killing weeds lakeside, property owners dumping dangerous chemicals to TVA has herbicide pipes under the lake.

    That’s why TVA’s aquatic plant management expert Brett Hartis was asked to weigh in. Here’s what he had to say: