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Today's News

  • Sex offenders charged with breaking into home

    Two registered sex offenders are accused of breaking into a home on Blue Springs Road. Daniel Nunley and Terry Kincannon are charged with aggravated burglary in the Jan. 8 incident.

    Kincannon was arrested on Jan. 11. Nunley was arrested on Feb. 15.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Remembering Nellie Alkire Ward, Part One

    As we promised last week, we begin the portion of our recollections of “characters” related to those of the female persuasion, and as we indicated then, we choose to begin this part of the series with Mrs. R. H. Ward, nee Nelle Alkire. Mrs. Ward’s story will require more space than we have available in a single column, so the following is Part One, to be followed by one or more parts in subsequent issues.
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  • State taking over Roane property reappraisals

    Updated, with additional quotes

    Roane County's upcoming property reappraisal is now out of the hands of the man who pledged to lower them on the campaign trail almost three years ago.

    Over Property Assessor David Morgan's pleas for his office to continue to work on the appraisals, the State Board of Equalization voted unanimously Thursday afternoon in Nashville for the state to take over the task.

  • No school in Roane County on Friday

    It's an even two weeks for Roane County students.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes made the call late Thursday morning to close schools on Friday due to the added snowfall East Tennessee received overnight.

    The school system has one more snow day remaining after Friday. Aytes said he hopes students can return to class on Monday.

  • Roane State softball team ready to shine

    Roane State Community College’s softball team is ready to vie for a place in the conference’s upper echelon, head coach Sue Niemi said.

    “The girls’ goal is to win the conference,” Niemi said. “They want to put themselves in that situation.”

    The Raiders have 10 second-year players with veterans in the infield, outfield and on the pitching staff.

  • Oliver Springs girls win Region 2-A opener

    Throughout the season, Jasmine Harris has been one of the main reasons for Tellico Plains’ success.

    Monday night, in the first round of the Region 2-A Tournament, Harris’ play proved not enough as Oliver Springs picked up the win, 72-56.

    “She’s a great penetrator and slasher, she just kind of slithers through,” Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher said of Harris.

  • You can’t make this stuff up, and, well, you shouldn’t

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    You can’t make this kind of thing up.

    On the very day America’s top real news anchor gets suspended for telling fake news, the nation’s leading anchor of a mock news program tells us he’s leaving his job — really.

    Brian Williams got tossed Tuesday from “NBC Nightly News” for six months without pay for misstating the facts about facing enemy fire in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003.

  • Dick Hettrick and his legacies of good work

    By MARK T. BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Big South Fork offers access to cemeteries

    The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on May 16-17 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.

    This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and inside the park boundary.

    Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Make a pledge to save this week

    What are you saving for?

    Whether it’s a new house, new car, retirement or a child’s college education, organizations from across the state want Tennesseans to take the pledge this week.

    Feb. 23-27 is America Saves Week, a national event designed to encourage savings on any level.

    A number of organizations want Tennesseans to take a moment to think about savings goals and then take the pledge to make it happen.

    Saving is important. Even small amounts put back can yield major accumulation, if done consistent-ly.