Today's News

  • Vacation Bible School 2012

    Central Baptist
    “Amazing Wonders Aviation” is the vacation Bible school theme at Central Baptist Church, Kingston. Classes for ages 3 (potty trained) up to teens will be offered July 23-27 and will begin with supper at 5:30 p.m.; worship and activities will follow from 6 to 8:45 in the church at 245 Bailey Road. Call 919-5115 to preregister.

    Laurel Bluff Baptist

  • GUEST OPINION: Religious freedom favors none, protects all

    First Amendment Center
    Louisiana State Rep. Valarie Hodges used to be a big fan of school vouchers. “I liked the idea,” she explained, “of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school.”

    Then last month Hodges got a First Amendment reality check when she discovered that Christian schools wouldn’t be the only religious schools getting tax dollars.

    “Unfortunately, it [vouchers] will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,” she said.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen:Old curmudgeon goes to Tea Party meeting

    As we told you in our column of the 29th ult., we maintained our desire, and our intention to attend a Tea Party meeting, so that when we saw that they would have another meeting on the day after Independence Day, we resolved to attend and we did. This is our report of that meeting, and of our impressions and conclusions:

  • Teen to do mission work in London

    A Roane County teen will be in London during the summer Olympics, spending his time in the bustling city ministering to others.

    Christian Hawkins is being sent by Christians ministries group Global Expeditions.

    He said it’s a wonderful opportunity to spread the Gospel.

    “I’m just really excited about this trip. It is going to be amazing what God is going to do there,” Hawkins said.

  • New principals at Roane schools

    New principals have been named for Midway and Midtown elementary schools.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Tim Thompson will take over at Midway.

    Thompson had been the assistant principal at Cherokee Middle School. He replaces Keevin Woody, who took a job in the central office.

    Aytes said Kendra Inman is the new principal at Midtown. She had been the principal at Dyllis Elementary School, but it was closed after the 2011-12 school year.

  • Ferguson feels regrets over DA employee suspension

    Road superintendent candidate Dennis Ferguson said he feels bad that District Attorney General’s Office administrative assistant Angie Vittatoe received a two-day suspension last month.

    The suspension without pay was handed down by District Attorney General Russell Johnson because Vittatoe used an office computer to register a domain name for Ferguson’s campaign.

    “Sure, I feel bad that she got suspended,” Ferguson said. “But her boss, that’s what he did. I respect that. He saw what had happened and he took care of it.”

  • Top legal gun helps assessor

    Taxpayers looking to take on Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham over appraisals might have to deal with the top legal adviser to one of the state’s constitutional officers.
    Robert Lee is general counsel to Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.
    State law allows Lee to intervene in any case before the State Board of Equalization. He’s joined the side of Kirkham’s office in some high-profile appeals.

  • Excavator-trailer incident does not end well for marina man

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Schneider is once again in trouble with the law.
    His most recent legal issue occurred on Saturday at the marina, which is located at 134 Bayside Drive, Ten Mile.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report,  Schneider used an excavator to move a trailer while a woman was still inside.

  • Ferguson not alone in qualification questions from state

    The letter Dennis Ferguson received from the state last September concerning his qualifications as a candidate for Roane County road superintendent is a standard letter that many candidates for the office receive.
    In fact, Jim Beason and Brian Mullins, who are running against Ferguson in the election, were sent the same letter last year concerning their qualifications.

  • Two men indicted in Kingston attack

    Michael G. Hamby and Adam D. Phillips were indicted last month for aggravated robbery. The men allegedly beat and robbed David Gibson at his home on Blossom Lane in Kingston in March.
    Gibson’s cell phone and wallet, which contained credit cards and cash, was taken.
    According to a warrant, an informant was in a vehicle with Hamby and Phillips 90 minutes after Gibson was beaten.