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  • GLIMPSES: More on parties, polarization and election

    By Mark Banker

    Conventional accounts of American politics since World War I suggest we shifted back and forth from eras dominated by either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party.

    But these broad brush strokes distort a complex reality.

    In the Depression’s darkest days, Republicans supported several of FDR’s New Deal reforms. In our own state, for example, Republicans welcomed TVA.

  • High-speed internet goes South: Broadband available in Ten Mile, Midway

    Thousands of Roane County residents living South of the River now have access to high-speed broadband internet service.

    Charter Communication’s Director of Government Affairs Nick Pavlis joined 32nd District state Rep. Kent Calfee and Roane County Executive Ron Woody Friday to make the announcement.

    About 1,900 homes in the Midway and Ten Mile area can now have access to the internet at speeds of up to 60 mbps, Pavlis said.

    “This was one of the most underserved areas in Roane County. I think they’ll be excited,” Woody said.

  • Check & recheck your ballot

    Voters heading to the polls are urged to familiarize themselves with the voting machines and to take care making their selections before pushing the button to cast their ballot.

    “We always tell them if they need assistance, people are available to help them,” said Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    Holiway said a lot of people vote only during presidential elections every four years. Because of that, some of those people might not be completely familiar with the voting machines, he added.

  • Doggone fun dress-up

    Olivia Belle Mitchell enjoys a snack at Kingston Public Library on Wednesday.

    The library held a Halloween party for pre-school children where stories were read and goodies were given out.

    See more Halloween photos in today’s issue and later this week in the Roane County News.

  • Crass remains on bench in Harriman

    Charles Crass will remain in his position as city judge, a position he’s held for decades.

    The vote came after both an interview process and meetings centered around discussions about wanting better results on property maintenance cases.

    However, the issue may not be clear cut.

    Harriman City Court Clerk Alison Terebush said they have had only one code enforcement case come before the court this year to date.

  • Clowning around ‘wouldn’t be a smart thing to do right now’

    Grownups in clown masks or costumes could catch the eye of law enforcement this Halloween.

    “We’re going to be observant and watch for any adults dressed as clowns,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    A creepy clown fad has swept the country the past few months, and numerous sightings have been reported locally.

    “That wouldn’t be a smart thing to do right now,” Washam said about dressing up as a clown.

  • Teen indicted on felony sex charge

    A South of the River teen is facing a felony sex crime charge in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Jack Martin Hornbeck, 17, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 17 on one count of attempted aggravated rape. He was booked into the Roane County Jail last week.

    “It’s not common, but it does happen in facilities across our state and other states,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “You’ll have a juvenile commit an alleged crime and they’ll decide to treat him as an adult.”

  • Multi-county chase ends in Harriman

    A Cumberland County pursuit ended in Harriman last week, thanks to the deployment of spike strips.

    Rockwood Police Department’s Brandon Smith provided the spike strips, but Police Chief Danny Wright said all Roane County agencies worked with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on the incident.

    “It was a good team effort,” Wright said.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: More on poor state of Roane education — Part IV
  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: What’s fit for the Web? What doesn’t fit?

    By Gene Policinski

    So, consider the internet to be one, big ol’ bucket of free expression — news and information pouring in constantly.

    And then consider what would you want poured into that bucket? What would you keep out?

    If you live in the United States and live under the First Amendment, the immediate answer to “in-out” questions, with few exceptions, is “Whatever I want.”

    Nothing in the 45 words that define our core freedoms provides for limits or gives specific guidance to anybody.