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Today's News

  • TSSAA Board of Control sets classifications

    It is official. The TSSAA Board of Control at a special called meeting Wednesday at the TSSAA headquarters in Hermitage approved the classification plan for its member schools for  2017-21.

    In Division II, football will be divided into three classes. Schools with enrollments up to 265 will be in Class A, 266-530 in Class AA and 531 and up in Class AAA.

    The state's 24 Division I private schools have until Oct. 14 to make a decision to stay in Division I or move into Division II.

    Division II wrestling and bowling will be in one class each.

  • Senior Showchoir in Kingston on Aug. 1

    The 60-member Senior Showchoir of Bristol, Va., will be in Kingston for the upcoming Young at Heart meeting.

    The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center.

    The church is at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    Senior groups from other churches have been invited to attend this special program and performance.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: What is ‘free speech’ on the web?

    Who can say what, on the Web?

    Twitter has raised questions anew with reports of a lifetime ban on tweets from conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos — reportedly after complaints that he engineered a wave of racist and sexist comments directed against comedian and actress Leslie Jones, who is co-starring in the latest “Ghostbusters” movie.

    Yiannopoulos is an editor on the conservative blog site Breitbart.com, whose posts frequently create controversy on the web.

  • ‘Christmas in July’ fundraiser to help those in area nursing homes

    The Lady Associates of the Tennessee Valley Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club recently had a “Christmas in July” motorcycle ride to fund area nursing home visits and Christmas baskets.

    Club President Randy Childs said the event raised more than $1,000 to help residents who don’t typically receive visitors.

    Club members will meet with the residents in months prior to the holiday to introduce themselves and get to know them before taking them Christmas baskets.

  • Brookdale makes residents feel right at home

    Editor’s note: This is a continuing series of stories on businesses that were voted No. 1 in the 19th annual Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. Brookdale Kingston was voted the top Assisted Living Facility in the contest.

    From staff reports
    Brookdale Kingston offers a homey environment for its residents who find themselves needing a little help with everyday activities.

    The facility, in Bradford Way, currently has 39 residents who live in comfortable, roomy and secure apartment-like settings.

  • What’s the SCORE? The unexpected could destroy your financial stability

    By Dana Peterka

    When I mention “disaster planning” in the Strategic Planning workshop I conduct for rural nonprofits in the greater Knoxville area, I get puzzled looks from the participants.

    I have found that the best way to make the concept understandable is by use of an example.

    I have a friend — and SCORE client — who operates a massage therapy business in Knoxville. A few years ago, he moved to a larger facility.

  • Midway groups recipients of VECustomers Share grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $3,000 in combined grants to Roane and Loudon county organizations in July.

    Groups receiving grants include Midway High Class of 2018 Prom Committee ($250), Lady Waves Soccer Club ($300), Midway Middle School Support and Outreach Committee ($450),  Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($550), Midway Quarterback Club ($600) and Midway Middle School Football Boosters ($850).

  • Y-12 FCU hires new coordinator

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has hired Betsy Cunningham as its new community and business development coordinator.

    In this role, Cunningham will be responsible for ensuring the credit union delivers on its mission to enrich the communities in which it serves, as well as working to develop relationships with its corporate partners.

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union serves Roane County customers from its offices at 1715 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.
    Cunningham previously served as communications coordinator for the Blount County school system.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Reclaiming our common humanity

     Horrific events like the heartbreaking tragedy in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — bring out the best and the worst in the American character.

    After Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, many clergy who rarely, if ever, acknowledge the LGBT community in positive terms offered prayers for LGBT people — actually reciting the letters. This one, brief shining moment was both unprecedented and heartening.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: An Open Letter to the Citizens of Harriman

    Dear Harriman Citizens: Congratulations, dear citizens, each of you is about to become the proud owner of a lawsuit, each and every one of you.

    You did not ask to be, you didn’t know you were going to be, and you may not want to be, but you are.