Today's News

  • The Village People, Ricky Skaggs on tap for ’11 Secret City Festival

    The well-known 1970s party band The Village People and country/Bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs will perform in Oak Ridge this summer as part of the Secret City Festival.

    The Village People will perform hits such as “YMCA” and “In the Navy” during their June 17 concert. Skaggs will perform on June 18.

    “Offering musicians in different genres helps the festival attract more people,” said Joye Montgomery, entertainment coordinator and head of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.

  • Tennessee a bright spot in Shariah hysteria

    First Amendment Center
    Recently, I sounded an alarm about rise of Islamophobia in the United States, calling attempts in various states to pass anti-Shariah legislation an attack on religious freedom.
    That inspired a good number of irate readers to sound their own alarm about what they view as my naïve and dangerous dismissal of the threat Shariah (Islamic law) poses to the United States.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: When things are good, leave them alone!

    The Bureau of the Census has done its work and begun issuing reports on its findings as to the fluxuations in population throughout the nation.
    Insofar as Roane County is concerned our population has increased over the past decade by something over four percent (4.4%), to 54,181.

    Our sister county, Anderson, with which we share the two cities of Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge, increased a little less than one percent more (5.3%).
    And our southern neighbor, Meigs added six percent (6%).

  • Sen. Ken Yager's Week in the Legislature

    Gov. Bill Haslam presented his State of the State/Budget Address to the General Assembly outlining his proposals to deal with the state’s current budget crunch, while working towards reforming education and making our economy stronger to welcome new jobs to Tennessee. 

    The $30.2 billion balanced budget is almost $2 billion less than the current 2010-11 budget of $32 billion. 
    It contains no new taxes and maintains essential government services by focusing reductions in administrative areas to minimize any impact felt by Tennessee taxpayers.

  • Two graduate from police academy in Blount County

    Two local recruits graduated from the Blount County Sheriff's Office Basic Law Enforcement Academy on March 18.
    Lawrence Russell (Kingston Police Department) and Vianney Del Toro (Roane County Sheriff's Office) underwent 445 hours of law enforcement training during the 11-week course.
    “We're just excited about him getting done and getting his law enforcement certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said, of Del Toro.
    Russell worked his way up through the ranks with the Kingston Police Department.

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  • Gann leads Bobcats past Oneida in district opener

    On Monday, the Oliver Springs baseball team hooked up with district rival Oneida in just the fourth game of the 2011 season.

  • 'Cats, Lady 'Cats sweep Oneida

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats and Lady ‘Cats both picked up a District 4-A victory against Oneida at Arrowhead Park Tuesday evening.

  • Kingston slams Stone Memorial, 19-4

    Twenty-four hours after picking up a 5-2 victory at home over Stone Memorial, Ronnie Ladd’s Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets traveled to Crossville Tuesday and crushed the Lady Panthers in three innings, 19-4.