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Today's News

  • Ambulance committee meeting set

    Roane County Commission’s ambulance committee is scheduled to meet on Jan. 13 at the EMS office in Midtown.

    It will be the committee’s first meeting since new committee appointments were approved in October.

    Commissioner Ron Berry said the lack of meetings is shocking considering the problems facing the county’s ambulance department.

    “There just doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency,” Berry said.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A pin-striped fig leaf for Adam and Eve?

    Two miles in and six miles out was the running joke among the hikers I was with in Cumberland County on New Year’s Eve.

    The 50-degree weather was nice for the last day of December as we made our way down Black Mountain to Windlass Cave.

    The wind kicked up at intervals, necessitating some wardrobe adjustments, but we all had adequate layers.

    The couple of miles downhill was an easy romp. Even though we covered the same ground on the way out, it was all uphill — hence the joke about it being three times longer.

  • Who will get Midtown turf?

    The Tennessee Supreme Court heard arguments about the annexation dispute between Kingston and Harriman on Wednesday.

    “We have a very classic case of statutory interpretation,” attorney Thomas Hale argued on behalf of Kingston.

    The disputed territory is in Midtown, an area of the county that’s expected to boom because of a new state-of-the-art hospital that Covenant Health plans to build.

    Each city argued that the law was on its side.

  • Triage needed for ambulance dept.

    Ambulances will still be running in Roane County after June 30.

    Under whose operation is now in question.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the financial situation facing the county’s ambulance department is so dire that he has to look into outsourcing the service.

  • Let it snow
  • Everything's just duckie
  • ‘Walking Tall’ constable falls short

    Being a deadbeat dad caught up to Mark Patton.
    The former constable is in the McMinn County jail for failing to pay child support.
    Patton has a daughter by a McMinn County woman.
    He’s being held on a $22,583 cash bond.
    Getting out of child support arrears could be difficult for Patton.
    He indicated he was broke in an affidavit of indigency filed in Roane County Criminal Court in August 2009.
    The affidavit said he was unemployed and receiving $400 a month in food stamps.

  • Driveway washouts irking to Midtowner

    Cynthia Gillow lives in the area of Midtown that has pitted Harriman against Kingston in court and on the ballot for first dibs on annexation.
    But the battle that led the two Roane County municipalities to the state’s highest court on Wednesday is not what’s on the Moses Lane woman’s mind.
    What’s troubling her is problems with her driveway, which she said washes away due to improper drainage along adjacent Hwy. 70 near Midtown Motel.

  • University wise to rethink open records policy

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Let’s begin 2011 on a hopeful note: Texas A&M University officials say they will revisit a recent decision that would have banned journalism instructors from directing students in filing open-records requests about — of all things — Texas A&M policies and practices.
    At Tarleton State University, one of 19 Texas schools and agencies in the A&M state system, journalism instructors have for years taught their students how to file such requests.
    Not surprisingly, Tarleton State students have done that very thing.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, we hope that you had happy and healthy holidays and have entered the New Year with a good attitude and prosperous prospects for this to be a good year.
    As stated in our notes for the last two weeks, we anticipated that several things would happen during the interval since our last opinion column, and sure enough thus it was, so here are some of our thoughts on events of the last month:
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