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Today's News

  • Ex-employee files suit against Omni Visions

    Omni Visions is being sued by a former employee who claims she was retaliated against for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct and TennCare fraud at the company’s facility in Roane County.

    Harriman resident Vickie Davis filed the lawsuit last week in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Omni Visions operates Roane Academy, which houses teenage boys for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Roane Academy is located in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Come SailAway: Kingston academy aims to tailor learning

    While some educational experts continue to ponder the wisdom of “mega schools” one Roane County educator is betting that smaller can still be better.

    For 20 years, SailAway Learning and Academy in Kingston has championed a “micro school” concept that provides an individualized learning experience for its students.

  • The hidden CHILD

    Holocaust survivor Sonja Dubois was relatively untouched by the Nazi Germany atrocities that killed roughly 11 million people more than 70 years ago.

    There are three kinds of survivors noted today: those who lived through or escaped concentration camps like Auschwitz, often still bearing the numbers tattooed on their arms, as well as refugees, a word Dubois noted is often heard today, describing people who sought refuge in other countries.

  • Eight votes needed to green light school plan

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry is a fan of the most recent high school plan approved by the Roane County Board of Education.

    “I think it’s a very progressive move,” he said. “I think it’s one that’s going to give our county energy and put us on a track to be competitive with our kids in surrounding counties.”

  • Murder-for-hire suspect to go to trial on Nov. 28

    The woman accused of trying to have the father of her minor son killed has a trial date.

    Laura Ann Buckingham is tentatively scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 28 in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She’s charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    The alleged victim is Bradley Sutherland. Buckingham allegedly hired a hitman to have Sutherland killed because she was upset about having to travel from Roane County to Indiana once a week so Sutherland could have visitation with their son.

  • 2 hurt in crash on Hwy. 58

    A Ten Mile man is facing charges in connection with a head-on crash that happened on the morning of May 4 South of the River on Hwy. 58.

    “It was not a fatal crash,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Don Boshears said.

    The THP investigated, and levied a reckless driving charge against 45-year-old Christopher M. Whitmire.

    According to the report, he was headed north in a 1996 Honda Accord around 6 a.m. when he crossed the center line and struck a 2016 ETHRA bus head-on.

  • Harriman still eyeing Pacifico as city’s public safety director

    Harriman officials are continuing to look at ways to restructure their staffing.

    Key to that plan is the possibility of naming Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico public safety director but the main discussion now is whether to make a codes enforcement officer a full-time or part-time position.

    “We are not getting just behind,” Councilman Buddy Holley said. “When we get better at one area, we get bad somewhere else.

    “I think it is a full time job, at least for several years.”

  • Property owner given time to clean up

    The owner of a fire-damaged home at 115 Shubert St. in Kingston is being granted more time to clean up and rehabilitate the property.

    During a hearing Tuesday to decide whether to order demolition of the home, the Kingston City Council voted unanimously to give property owner Nick Robbins a timetable for compliance with safety issues.

    The property, which burned in 2013, has passed through at least two owners who acquired the home through a tax sale. Robbins acquired the home in 2016.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Use Republican Rule to defer school decision

    Gentle reader, you no doubt recall that Emerson said that ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.’ Events of the last few weeks have caused us to wonder what the great Ralph Waldo would have said about folks whose chief consistency consists of inconsistency.

    We refer, of course to our Roane County School Board for they have proven themselves to be remarkably consistent in their inconsistency.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Is C+ good enough for our freedoms?

    By Gene Policinski

    When it comes to our core freedoms, is a “C+” grade good enough?

    A new “First Amendment Report Card,” released by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, gives our First Amendment freedoms — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — a barely passing grade.

    The grades were assigned by 15 panelists from across the political spectrum, some of them experts on First Amendment issues overall, and some who focus on specific areas such as religion or press.