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Today's News

  • State House ‘pre-meetings’ in secret, grow commonplace

    By ERIK SCHELZIG and LUCAS L. JOHNSON II • Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret “pre-meetings” to discuss pending legislation.

    The public isn’t informed or invited.

    No public notice is given for the time or location of the meetings held at odd hours by at least 10 of the 15 standing committees in the House.

  • Charles Parker Andrews

    Charles Parker Andrews was born at 1:52 p.m. Feb. 2 in Tennova, Knoxville.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

    He is the son of Emily McNelly and Dustin Andrews of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Lisa McNelly of Kingston, Missy Andrews of Kingston, and Steven and Becky Andrews of Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents are Rolland and Carolyn McNelly of Midtown,

    and Bill and Deborah Deaton.

  • Not ready to take boat’s helm? Class shows how

    “Now In Command,” a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 in Kingston Community Center.

    Cost of the course is $25.

    The course is geared for those who are generally not at the helm of a boat. Its purpose is to help them become prepared with practical knowledge skills in case of an emergency.

  • Roane County girls shine in FC Alliance 06 Black team’s Shamrock Cup victory

    Roane County’s Braxton Fritz, Morgan Crass, Aubree Burns and Ava Conway helped the FC Alliance 06 Girls Black U9 team a Shamrock Cup over the weekend after coming out of Chattanooga victorious. The team outscored their opponents 43-7 over the course of its four wins.

  • Oliver Springs baseball falls to district foe Coalfield

    The Oliver Springs High School baseball team traveled to Coalfield High School Monday night. The trip would result in a 2-7 loss for the Bobcats. This brings them to 4-1 on the year in district play. They were previously unbeaten.

    Keith Roberts got the start for the Bobcats. He finished the night with seven strikeouts, five hits and giving up four runs.

    “He pitched well, and battled every batter he faced,” Oliver Springs head coach Tony Kelgley.

  • College athletes: Should they be paid?

    A topic that has been brought up fairly often as of late is the issue whether college athletes should get paid for participating in sports at their college.

    There are several different things that are normally said when the topic is brought up, such as, they are already getting paid, in a way, or a simple yes, they should get paid.

    I honestly can look at it from both perspectives, as I have been a part of both sides of the fence.

    I have played college football, as well as currently being a college student who is no longer playing.

  • Lady Tigers softball defeated by Oak Ridge

    The bats didn’t exactly get rolling for neither Oak Ridge nor the Rockwood Lady Tigers on Monday afternoon.

    With neither team able to light up the scoreboard, Oak Ridge drove in one run for the 1-0 victory.

    The two traded blows throughout the first five innings with out a score.

    Rockwood, who pitched senior Baylee Young in its last game against Oliver Springs, went with the youngest of its three-way pitching rotation by starting freshman Sydnee Treadway.

  • Soccer leads Haba to Olympic Development Program

    It wasn’t too long ago the idea of someone in Roane County having dreams of playing soccer would’ve seen far from a reality.

    However, for MacKenzie Haba, it has been just that, a dream, and a dream that she is currently living.

    “I guess I’m just trying to think for my future,” MacKenzie, who was recently selected to be a member of the Tennessee Olympic Development Program soccer team, said.

    “I’m getting ready for it, and I need to work on it.”

  • Roane schools eligible for UCOR grants

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, known as UCOR, is accepting proposals from area schools for educational grants with a specific goal of enabling new instructional methods in science, technology, engineering and math.

    UCOR Education Mini-Grants will be awarded directly to teachers and schools for specific projects.

    Schools in Roane, Anderson, Loudon, Knox and Morgan counties are eligible to submit proposals.

  • OUT to LUNCH: No more flu, no more ice, and a revisit to New China Palace

    I hope that some previous readers have noticed the absence of my “Out to Lunch” articles in the Roane County News since the first of the year.
    Although my wife, Carol, and I had flu shots, we got a new version of the flu after Christmas.
    For a few weeks, we didn’t care if the sun shined. I also lost my appetite for a long time after surviving the flu bug.
    Then snow and ice prevented us from driving in and out of our house on top of Midtown Heights. No mail or newspapers for several days a couple of times.