Today's News


    The woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication in the May 8, 2014, death of pedestrian Daniel Hester was sentenced to 10 years on Monday.

    Raychell Huckelby also received 11 months and 29 days for leaving the scene after striking Hester.

    She is required to serve at least 30 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.

    “I cannot express my apologies enough to Mr. Hester’s family,” Huckelby said in a statement she made at the sentencing hearing.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Constitution rife with controversy


    Guns and Russian meddling in our elections now hold center stage in the ever-changing American news cycle. But roots of these current controversies run deep in our Republic. Indeed, rhetoric from all sides of our ongoing debates draw from a common source — the United States Constitution.

  • THOSE were the DAYS: Sometimes you get a second chance


    I’m giving you my heart. Please take care of it for now you have two – and I have none.

    I knew from the time I was in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher. There was never a doubt in my mind.

    In 1961, I graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and began my teaching career.

    I loved being a teacher. I can remember thinking at the end of the day, “I can’t believe I’m being paid for doing this.” However, at that time $4,000 a year was good pay!

  • Grady charged in shooting death

    A Harriman man was arrested Sunday afternoon for a reckless homicide in the Dec. 30 shooting death of Jacob Sizemore, 31.

    A Roane County grand jury indicted Timothy Shawn Grady, 42, on one count of reckless homicide. Grady is accused of shooting and killing Sizemore outside 225 Harding Drive after he allegedly found Sizemore fighting Grady’s friend Michael Russell.

  • Communities honor teams
  • You have to own your mistakes

    So here it is, my semi-regular column is back.
    I know, I know,  I’m not that dependable. Anyone buying the paper to read my witticisms is probably disappointed to find my opinions not in every week.
    That’s my fault. I take the blame because I am the sports editor and I decide what goes into the sports section and when.
    To be fair, there has been far more interesting things to put in rather than my ramblings about sports.

  • You gotta get a grip

    Most golfers realize that it can take a lot of work and money to keep their equipment in good shape so they can stay on top of the game.

    That is where Rex Renfro and T-Rex Regripping comes in.

    Renfro operates his business from out of his house in Midtown and offers numerous services to the golfers of Roane County and the surrounding areas.

    He’s been working on golf clubs and equipment for most all of his life.

  • School threats bring arrests

    Authorities charged an Oliver Springs High School student for threats he allegedly made last week.

    “We’ve concluded that he did not actually have any intention of doing anything,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff said Thursday. “However, his threats did create quite a bit of alarm within the students and the community, so we have taken out a juvenile petition and he’s in the process of being taken into custody to go down to juvenile as we speak.”

  • Commissioner remembered as ‘great,’ ‘big-hearted guy’

    Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley passed away unexpectedly last week. He was 63.

    “He’ll be missed greatly on the Commission,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    “He was a great guy,” Commissioner David Bell added. “A big-hearted guy.”

    County Executive Ron Woody said Kelley suffered a heart attack.

    Kelley served on the Commission’s Budget Committee, which Woody chairs.

  • Jail inmates fight on way to church

    Roane County is reportedly on the hook for the “tens of thousands of dollars” it took to treat an inmate who was injured during a fight at the jail earlier this month.

    The incident happened on Feb. 2. According to a warrant, Deputy Christian Pryor was letting prisoners out of their cells to go to church.

    That’s when inmate William Joseph Lanter allegedly attacked inmate John Dalton Edde by punching Edde in the face and head.