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Today's News

  • Big dreamer in a small town

    Almost every day, rain or shine, an orange clad youth can be seen in makeshift practice, devoutly honing his football skills.

    Decked out in UT clothes, pads and a helmet, 18-year-old Colton Ruehle goes to the Walnut Hill boat ramp near his home and practices, spiraling a football and attacking his makeshift practice dummy, a desk chair, with as much ferocity as he can muster.

    “He’s out here every day. Rain. Snow. It don’t matter,” said mom Vicky Brown.

  • Roane County positive despite audit findings

    Roane County’s most recent state audit noted some findings in the Office of Director of Accounts and Budgets.

    “The office had deficiencies in budget operations,” the audit said.

    The audit occurs annually and is conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. It was released last month.

    One of the deficiencies listed said total expenditures in the General Debt Service Fund exceeded total appropriations by the County Commission by $11,564.

  • HERE IS THE CHURCH, HERE IS THE STEEPLE
  • Watkins gets performance bonus of 15k

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins received a $15,000 performance bonus in 2016-17, her first year on the job.

    The bonus is the maximum amount allowable under the contract she signed with the Roane County Board of Education. The contract was set to expire on June 30, 2020, but the board extended it last year to June 30, 2021.

    The $15,000 bonus was in addition to the $120,000 salary Watkins received in 2016-17. Her salary for 2017-18 is $125,000.

    The bonus amount is based on the school board’s evaluation of the director.

  • Haslam signs changes to TANF into law

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is applauding the recent passage of key changes to the state’s Families First program.

    These changes help ensure families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits administered through Families First have the assistance they need to meet today’s economic realities.

    The legislation approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam makes several key changes to Families First, including:

  • Going with the Flo: We should all measure up to Barbara Bush’s yardstick

    By Flo Charles

    The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

    The life celebration of Barbara Bush was held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston with past presidents, dignitaries and leaders from all backgrounds and religions — 1,500 inside and thousands outside showing their respect for her life of service to her fellow man.

    She was the matriarch of one of the most powerful American political dynasties in the families of American history.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: K-14 system would broaden education for Roane kids

    In my opinion, the current proposal before the County Commission is not a building plan, nor a consolidation plan.

    It’s an education plan. Buildings and consolidation just happen to be a part of the plan.

    I’m not interested in arguing about which is better, a big school or a small school. You can find research to support both.

    I’m not interested in discussing what type of sports the students will be able to participate in.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Comments on & analysis of Watkins’ essay pt. 1

    When we wrote last week’s column concerning the mega-school proposal and the need for a vote by the people on that proposal, little did we know that this week’s column would be on the same mega-school proposal, without any intervening messages about anything else.

    But, Friday’s Opinion page featured not only our dear Flo’s column, and our own View, but also had a lengthy discussion bearing the title “New school questions now answered,” with authorship credited to Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers

    SENIOR BOWLERS
    April 20
    1st High Game------Ken Altes, Rick Matthews----480
    2nd High Game-------Ken Altes, Rick Matthews-----460
    3rd High Game ---, Ken Altes, Rick Matthews----488
    High Scores today-------- Rick Matthews, 233, 238, 237, games 708 series
    High Series today---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398
    High Series For April---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398
    High Averages---------Sylvia Whitehouse 163, Rick Alderfer—188

  • Orange and White impressions

    It was gameday again on the Hill. As a sea of orange shirts cascaded down Peyton Manning Pass, I was reminded once again of just how special Neyland Stadium is, especially in beautiful weather.

    65,098 Vol faithful packed the lower bowl to watch Team 122 in the annual Orange & White Game. The attendence number is probably exaggerated, however it is still among the Top 5 for spring game attendance this year.