Today's News


    Harriman officials this week joined officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others to kick off the cleanup of the Harriman papermill site.

    The papermill was put on the National Priorities List in 2012 and removal and remedial action cleanup activities are starting this week to remove structures at the 30-plus acres. The city hopes to use the property someday for recreational purposes.

    “We are looking forward to having this completed in the next 90 days,” said Scott Miller, remedial project manager for the EPA.

  • Deputy stuck by needle while searching suspect

    An officer with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office sought medical treatment after being pricked with a needle on Monday.

    The needle stick happened when he was searching a suspect.

    “He’s OK,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about Cpl. Kyle Canup.

    According to the report, Canup was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle with a broken taillight on Hwy. 27.

  • Pair in D.C. for Police Week

    Detective Bryan Walker and Corrections Officer Robert Sparkes are representing the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week.

    “National Police Week is where they honor all the fallen officers that have died in the line of duty,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “They do it every year. Officers from around the world come there.”

    Stockton said he sends someone to the event each year.

  • Going with the Flo: Promises being fulfilled, in spite of the opposition

    By Flo Charles

    The legislatures have been making pro-life promises for more than four decades.

    They use pro-life rhetoric to get elected; once elected, they forget to use their elections to save the babies.

    The abortion industry is in it for the money. Sixty million babies are murdered every year.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 3 (final): “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

    As you will recall, gentle reader, we concluded last week’s column, the second segment of our analysis and commentary on Dr. Leah Watkins’ essay published in the News edition of 20 April, under the caption of “New school questions now answered,” discussing the good doctor’s concept of “dose proximity” between the Roane State campus site of the proposed new school and the location of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, some miles as it turns out to be.

  • $68 million request made

    The Roane County Board of Education has sent the funding request for its building program to the Roane County Commission.

    “On behalf of the Roane County School Board, Roane County School System is requesting consideration by the Roane County Commission of the funding component regarding the proposed new construction and re-use plan for existing facilities,” said a May 4 letter that was signed by Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins and Board Chairman Rob Jago.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers


    May 4

    1st High Game------Barbara Pickering, Rick Matthews---477

    2nd High Game-------Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George--443

    3rd High Game -----Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George---506

    High Scores today--------Don George-217. 255 games, 634 series Rick Alderfer-210 game

    High Series today---- Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George-----1355

    High Series For April---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398

    High Averages---------Loretta Carrington—167, Rick Matthews---192


    Two juvenile males are in custody in the Knox County Juvenile Detention Center following their arrest in connection with threats made at Roane County High School.

    They were suspended from school Friday following reports from students that heard the threats, said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “First of all, I will say that we take all threats seriously and we will investigate and prosecute to the fullest,” Stockton said. “The kids and staff in our schools are very important to us.”

  • CEO: Don’t count CVMR out yet

    The Canadian company that promised to bring a reported 620 new jobs to Roane County remains interested in the area, according to its top executive.

    “CVMR (USA) Inc. has spent quite a bit of money and time investigating the start of a major manufacturing operation in the United States,” CVMR Chairman and CEO Kamran Khozan said via email on May 5.

    “We remain quite enthusiastic and convinced that such a move would be a good business strategy for our company and for the community of Roane County and city of Oak Ridge.”

  • EPA starting cleanup of papermill site

    The long-awaited cleanup of the former papermill site on Emory Street in Harriman will begin this week.

    Harriman City Councilman Buddy Holley said representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and contractors will be in the city on Wednesday.

    “Basically, they’ll remove all the structures that are there and a lot of the undergrowth, just kind of level the property up,” explained Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.