Today's News

  • School wars over religion heating up

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
    Just when First Amendment principles seem to be working in public education, new fights over student religious speech threaten to reignite culture-war battles in schools across the country.

  • Lady Tigers top Harriman, 6-2

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers remained undefeated in District 3-A play Tuesday evening as Larry Brackett’s squad travelled to Harriman and knocked of the Lady Devils, 6-2.

  • Midway knocks off Webb, 14-1

    The Midway Lady Waves sank the Webb Lady Spartans by an impressive 14-1 tally on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon South Of the River.

  • Lady 'Cats pound Sunbright

    District contests are supposed to be tough, but that wasn’t the case on Monday and Tuesday as Matt Headden’s Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats used strong pitching performances from Kayla Aloisi and Kaylee Morgan to pick up a pair of victories over Sunbright.

  • Bobcats blank Tigers in doubleheader

    The Oliver Springs baseball team picked up a pair of district wins Monday, knocking off Sunbright in a doubleheader.

    Both games mirrored each other, with the Bobcats winning each game 6-0 behind strong pitching and timely hitting.

  • Blue Devils title hopes suffer major blow

    Harriman’s hopes of winning the District 3-A regular season championship all but ended earlier this week as Andy Adcox’s Blue Devils suffered a pair of losses to Grace Christian Academy.

  • Plan decried that would reduce foreclosure notices



    Editor’s note: This story is being reprinted with permission from the Tennessean.

    Bankers are trying to cut how much public notice is required before they can foreclose on homes, drawing fire from an assortment of activists, lawyers and open-government groups.

  • Alexander: Nuclear plants here safely run

    Tennessee is not prone to tsunamis like Japan.

    TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum said people should keep that in mind if they’re worrying about a Japan-like nuclear disaster happening in the Tennessee Valley.

    “They should understand that tsunamis like the one that happened in Japan are not going to happen here,” he said. “Our reactors are located in a different place relative to those types of events.”

  • Former judge Austin should be held to higher standard

    Society holds some people to higher standards.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that’s why the argument that Thomas Austin has paid his debt to society holds little weight with him.

    Austin went to federal prison for crimes he committed during his tenure as a Roane County General Sessions Court judge.

    He’s now out of prison and is seeking to have his citizenship rights restored.   

    Austin’s attorney, Browder Williams, said the ex-judge has paid his debt to society.

  • Mother killed in Mountain View accident

    A mother of two was killed in a car accident on Saturday. The accident happened on Mountain View Road near Rockwood.  

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 34-year-old Dina M. Blevins was killed after a car driven by Thomas A. Stricklan crossed the center line and hit her head on. Stricklan, 27, had a Joiner Hollow Road address.

    Blevins, who lived on Mountain View Road, was driving north with her daughter and boyfriend.

    They both suffered injuries in the crash.

    The THP report said criminal charges are pending.