Today's News

  • New pest may plague fruit producers

    Experts with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are sounding the alarm on a tiny new pest that can cause significant damage to many fruit crops.

    The spotted wing drosophila is a vinegar fly (sometimes inaccurately called a fruit fly) from Asia. It was first detected in California in 2008. In 2011, the fly had reached blueberries in East Tennessee. By 2013 SWD damage had spread to 23 Tennessee counties, from Greene County in the east to Gibson County in the west.

  • No spray; just prayer

    Tom Clipner of Midway recently grew a 1-foot-long white radish in his garden on Loudon Hwy.

    Pastor of Maranatha Ministries of Midway, he said he used a lot of prayer to grow the bountiful harvest.

    "No spray or anything special — just prayer," he said, adding that God has blessed his garden.

  • Arrests: June 21-25, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    June 21 — Lulu Anne McKinney, 43, 517 N. Wilder Ave., Rockwood: three counts manufacture/deliver/sell controlled substance. Total bond $3,000; court date June 23.

    Rosie Mae Turnbill, 69, 111 Bournemouth Drive, Rockwood: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Aug. 18.

    Michael Allen Whalen, 26, 1150 Orkney Road, Oak Ridge: violation of probation. No bond or court date listed.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 21, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Feb. 21 — Esther M. Allen, registration expired: dismissed.

    • Joshua L. Hester, light law-motor vehicle: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Marsha B. Gilreath, registration expired, registration certificate must be carried: dismissed.

  • GUEST OPINION: Turns out we don’t know what our freedoms are

    First Amendment Center

    C’mon people — it’s just 45 words!

    We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly and Petition.

    There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some the questions on the actual test that you have to pass to become a citizen.

    Perhaps that’s why 29 percent of respondents to the 2014 recently released State of the First Amendment survey couldn’t name one — they don’t have to.

  • Murder charge dropped

    The inability to locate a key witness led to a drastic move in the Ralph O’Neal murder case on Monday.

    “We would ask that you allow us to enter a dismissal,” Assistant District Attorney General Alyson Kennedy told Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    Eblen, who appeared surprised, granted the request.

    “We have no objection,” O’Neal attorney Bob Vogel said.

    And with that, the case was over.

  • AAA Blue Devils come up just short of state


    The 2014 season ended Monday evening for the Harriman AAA All-Stars as the Blue Devils dropped an 11-2 decision against Tellico Plains in the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA Tournament in Spring City.

    Tellico Plains proved especially tough for Harriman in the tourney. The Bears knocked off Harriman in the Friday’s open round as well, 10-0.

  • Roane gears up for Dixie Youth state tourneys


    The Mike “Brillo” Miller Rockwood Sports Complex will be a busy place starting Thursday at 9 a.m. and lasting until Sunday evening as a total of 32 Dixie Youth baseball teams will be battling it out to see who is the 2014 state champion in the A and AA divisions.

  • August ballot has final edit

    The ballot for the Aug. 7 election is set, Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway announced on Friday.

    “We got them in today,” he said. “We’ll be mailing them out to people that have requested absentee ballots starting at the beginning of the week.”

  • Harriman mayor doesn’t want tax increase this year

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason doesn’t plan on a tax increase when he proposes a budget to the Harriman City Council.

    Mason has said in the last two years that a tax increase will become necessary, but he’s stretching the pennies for now.

    “We are trying to make it to 2016,,” said Mason.

    That is when the city will come out from under its debt obligation for money borrowed for infrastructure in Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

    He estimates that will free up about $350,000 in cash flow.