Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Tobacco case: Feds’ warnings went too far

    First Amendment Center
    The federal government can require that tobacco companies warn the public about health hazards, but it can’t force them to scare smokers out of the habit.

    That was the finding recently by Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., who struck down a Food and Drug Administration rule as a violation of the First Amendment. Leon had earlier issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the FDA from requiring the new warning labels on cigarette packs.

  • Assessor candidate protest aimed at incumbent

    Property assessor candidate David Morgan stood outside the Roane County Courthouse on Feb. 28 with a sign asking people to honk if they hate high property taxes.

    Teresa Kirkham, the current property assessor, said that’s because he’s misinformed.

    “I don’t know what he’s trying to prove, because he’s misinforming the public if he’s trying to tell them he can set their property taxes,” Kirkham said. “He can’t.”

    Morgan is one four people running against Kirkham in the August election.

  • Schools ease lice rules

    Years ago, students with head lice were sent home.

    Times have changed.

    “We are no longer allowed to exclude them from school for an extended period,”  said Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff,.

    When a child is identified as having lice, Mc

    Griff said the policy is to contact the parent and ask them to come and get the child.

  • New credit card issued for training, travel by Harriman city employees

    Problems booking training and travel expenses were reasons given for approving Harriman Mayor Chris Mason to acquire a credit card through Regions Bank this month.

    Mason said city clerk Angie Skidmore had to pay for reservations for training of city employees recently.

    “She had to put it on her personal credit card. I don’t think it is right for Angie to have to do that,” Mason said.

  • Super Tuesday in Roane
  • Goff to leave Roane State

    Roane State President Gary Goff has decided to end his career in higher education in Roane County.

    Goff, 64, announced he plans to retire Oct. 31. He said he will be spending his retirement in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, children and grandchildren.

  • Princess grand opening March 22


    The Princess Theatre grand opening has been set for March 22.

    The Princess Theatre Foundation is hosting the 7 p.m. event, which will include performances by area students and artists.

    Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at Rocky Top General Store in Harriman at 316 Ruritan Road or Harriman Jewelry Exchange  at 509 Roane St.

    Doors for the grand opening will open at 6 p.m.

  • Troublesome waterline poses question


    Kingston City Council members are facing a tough question:
    Replace porous pipeline that may be no more than a nuisance in the water system, and incur a considerable burden of debt; or leave it be, and hope that occasional leaks don’t turn ugly.

    “I’m ambivalent about this because right now, it’s really in the category of an annoyance,” City Manager Jim Pinkerton said at a recent council session.

  • Kingston not giving up on grants


    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets came back from the latest East Tennessee Development District session with less-than-encouraging news about the city’s prospects for obtaining civic improvement grants.

    Still, the mayor — who says he’s always on the lookout for “free money”—remains optimistic that Kingston can continue to find creative ways to apply for and earn grant monies even as state and federal sources become stingier in hard economic times.

  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!