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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Mr. Obama’s ‘Week That Was’

    You know, gentle reader, that there are times when you are on a losing streak, and no matter what you do, nor how you do it, nothing seems to come out right, and then, dictu mirabile — wondrous to say — all of a sudden everything changes, and all your cards are right, your numbers are what they should be, your dice are charmed, in short your luck has changed, and every thing is coming up roses.

  • Henry governor’s new chief of staff

    Kingston’s Jim Henry is Gov. Bill Haslam’s new chief of staff, the governor announced this week.

    His appointment makes it the second time in consecutive governors that a Roane Countian has served as a Tennessee governor’s right-hand man.
    David Cooley, formerly of Rockwood, was deputy to former governor Phil Bredesen.

    In 2002, Jim Henry was a candidate in the Republican primary against Bredesen.

    Then-U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary won the primary, but lost to Bredesen.

  • Do we expect too much as athletes?

    Believe it or not, yes, professional athletes are humans like the rest of us.

    They also, like the rest of us, possess the ability to say some incredible stupid things.

    The only difference is when they say incredibly stupid things, chances are, it’s not going to simply be going gentle into the good night.

    So it should come as no surprise after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage last Friday that stupid things were said.

  • FLW Tour Pros Wesley Strader, Brad Knight fall short on Potomac River

    Things didn’t exactly go as planned for local FLW pros Brad Knight and Wesley Strader this past weekend on the Potomac River.

    Neither pro made the cut to compete on day three after Strader, of Rockwood, hauled in only 23 pounds, four ounces to finish in 48th, and Knight, of Lancing, captured 76th place with 21 pounds, 10 ounces.

    Clark Wendlandt, of Leander, Texas, took the top spot with a four-day total of 60 pounds, winning the $125,000 prize.

  • Losses lead former Yellow Jacket Marcus Hutson through life, into medical field

    The last thing a 7-year-old Marcus Hutson was able to give his father was a baseball with the words, “I’ll blast one for you,” written on it.

    The ball, nestled inside his father’s casket would prove not to be a hope, but a promise.

    Just days after Mark Hutson’s funeral, his only son, Marcus, had a game his family wasn’t sure he would play in, but like all the other times before, the Hutson family loaded up and made the trip to the ballpark.

  • GUEST OPINION: Outsiders and insiders needed in Congress

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Center on Congress

    Insiders in Congress put in long, tedious hours on the minutiae of developing legislation. Outsiders mostly use Congress as a platform to build a following beyond their own constituency. Both types are needed to make the system work.

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

  • New drug laws start July 1

    By State Sen. KEN YAGER

    Prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is a serious health epidemic, but our state legislature has continued to make progress in our efforts to curb it. As of July 1, three new laws will be enacted to tackle the problem, including one bill that I sponsored which tightens the requirements for medical directors and owners of pain management clinics.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 29

    Happy birthday wishes to Minnie Love, who recently celebrated her 93rd birthday.

    Ms. Love is a special lady and loved by all who know her.

    We love you, Ms. Minnie. Stay young and be blessed.

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Bernetta Fouse, who passed away Wednesday, June 17.

    She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Thomas Fouse, of Rockwood.; one daughter, Angela M. Smith of Atlanta; four grandchildren; two aunts, Ebbie Marie Frazier and Barbara Chatman, both of Rockwood; and one brother, Charles Edward Siler Jr.

  • SMOKIN’ THE WATER 2015: Schedules for Kingston’s Fourth of July Celebration

    Thursday, July 2
    10 a.m.
    APBA boat racing begins

    Friday, July 3
    10 a.m.
    APBA boat racing begins

    Noon
    Vendors open
    Kids Zone opens

    6 p.m.
    Parade line up

    Saturday, July 4
    10 a.m.
    Gates open
    APBA boat racing begins
    Vendors open
    Kids Zone opens
    Car Show registration

    11 a.m.
    Car Show judging begins

    Noon
    Sand volleyball tournament

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga dean's list: Spring 2015

    Eleven students from Roane County are on the dean’s list for spring semester at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

    They include Jordan Burdette, Kaitlyn Byrd, Leigha Carter, Shawn Childress, Tyler Goldberg, Kiley Gunter, Spencer Klein, Kristen Kyker, Cree Moore, Mary Palko and Robyn Par-ten.

    Students who make a 3.2 or higher semester grade-point average are awarded the honor.