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Today's News

  • Star in the works
  • Election snafu costs us all in voter confidence

    There probably isn’t anyone beating himself up out there worse than Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway last week.

    You could see it in his face Friday as the commission and witnesses dealt with the problem of an uncounted early-vote card from a Harriman precinct voting machine.

    But voting is serious business in a democracy, and so we feel we must add our voice to those criticizing the mistake.

  • GLIMPSES: Of rights, responsibilities & 21st century challenges

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity.

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Hearing on tax-hike request

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 budget on Thursday.

    The Roane County Board of Education is asking for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund the school budget.

    “So far everything has been respectful on both sides,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “I’m hoping that’s going to continue.”

  • Free eats for some schools in Roane County

    Students at Ridge View Elementary in Rockwood, Bowers Elementary and Harriman Middle School in Harriman and Midway Elementary are all eating for free.

    The funds are from the Community Eligibility provision of National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said those schools all have the highest indicators of need in the system.

  • Manson Clan’s Davis refused parole again

    A California parole board’s decision to release Charles Manson follower and Roane County native Bruce Davis has been overturned again.

    Manson and his followers went on a killing spree in 1969. Davis was convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was sent to California state prison in 1972 with a life sentence.

    He was granted parole in March, but the parole board’s decision was overturned by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

  • Porter Park’s renovation moves to faster track

    Kingston’s newest old park will soon get a serious upgrade, and Kingston officials are now hashing out the details.

    The county deeded Gertrude Porter Park — which used to be school property — to the city in February. And while city officials were pleased with the prospect of acquiring the facility, they knew it needed more than a little rehabilitation. Toward that end, they applied for a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant from the state.

  • Middle College ‘best of two worlds’

    Each morning, a group of 33 high school students attends a course at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    The first class of Roane State’s Middle College is a chance to get college courses out of the way. Done right, the juniors will also graduate high school with an associate’s degree.

    “It is just great to get a head start,” said Abby Higgins.

  • Vanderbilt study: Behavior-focused therapies help children with autism

    Vanderbilt researchers last week reported updated find-

    ings regarding the benefits of behavior-focused therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder.

    The review, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, updates a prior systematic review of interventions for children (up to age 12) with a focus on recent studies of behavioral interventions.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 11

    Get-well wishes to Becky Robinson, who is a patient in Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    Let’s keep her in our prayers.

    Our deepest belated sympathy is extended to the family of Michael A. Blanchard, who recently passed away.

    He was a lover of people and had many friends.

    His father was Byron Blanchard, who was a great worker for United Way of Roane County.

    He is survived by his mother, Virginia Bry-

    son Blanchard of Kingston; his wife, June; a

    sister and brother and other relatives and friends.