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Today's News

  • Bear, Junior Ranger programs at the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a special bear program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30 in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.

    Immediately afterward will be a free Junior Ranger program for ages 5-12.

    Participants will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with fun puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.

  • AARP smart driver class set June 8-9

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 8-9 in Harriman United Methodist Church at 601 Queen St.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Lifestar opening base in Rockwood

    The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar Aeromedical Services plans to open a base in Rockwood later in the summer.

    The facility will be at Rockwood Municipal Airport at 258 Rockwood Airport Drive.

    Last month, Lifestar reached an agreement with Air Evac EMS Inc. to assume responsibility for medical operations of Air Evac Lifeteam in Etowah.

    Lifestar also operates a facility in Sweetwater.

    The Rockwood base will be staffed by one of the teams from the Etowah/Sweetwater facilities.

  • GUEST OPINION: A look at the news with freedom’s eye

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The public furor and the televised flames that reached from Ferguson to Baltimore over the last 10 months have faded — for now — from the headlines.

    For some, though, consideration of what happened and how the news of those events was reported remains very much in mind — an aspect of First Amendment freedoms we don’t often consider.

  • GLIMPSES By MARK BANKER: Civil War’s causes – contemporary concerns

    What caused the Civil War?”

    The recent four-year sesquicentennial celebration suggests there is no end to our collective fascination with this question.

    Ever creative explanations for the war churn incessantly from the word processors of scholars and general observers, and debates — as heated as those that led to the original conflict — continue to color our national discourse.

  • Ferguson’s second civil suit dismissed

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks wasn’t taking any chances this time.

    On Friday, he signed a suit that dismissed Discover Bank’s civil action against Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

    Wicks wanted it to be known that the dismissal was due to an agreement between Discover and Ferguson.

    “At the request of plaintiff (Discover), this matter is dismissed without prejudice,” Wicks wrote on the suit Friday.

  • OS kids shine in ventures

    Timothy Mallett, Ashley Handy, Dallis Parsons and Matthew Charles, all eighth-graders at Oliver Springs Middle School, were recognized at last week’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    Mallett and Charles were honored because each made a perfect score on the math portion of the ACT Explorer

    Test.

    “For those of us that have never experienced that, that means they did not miss a question,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “That’s a really high accomplishment.”

  • Property transfers: Aug. 6-18, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    Aug. 6 ― From Elizabeth A. Cash and Heather N. Chapman to Bank of America by trustee’s deed, Dist. 4, Anglers Cove Lot 44, $39,000.

    • From Scott Mullens personal representative and J.W. Gibson Estate to Edna E. Gibson by deed, Dist. 3, two tracts Gallaher Road, $0.

    • From Scott Mullens personal representative and J.W. Gibson Estate to Scott Mullens Trustee and J.W. Gibson Family Trust by deed, several tax maps/groups/p, $0.

  • Central Baptist marking 50th anniversary

    Central Baptist Church, Kingston, is planning to honor U.S. military veterans and their families as part of the church’s 50th-anniversary celebration next weekend.

    The celebration honoring veterans will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at the church at 245 Bailey Road.

    Live music and light refreshments will be included as part of the celebration.

    A special anniversary worship service will begin at 11 a.m. May 31.

    Central Baptist Church was organized on May 27, 1965, with 59 members.

  • Blessing of the Fleet slated for June 6

    Regardless of the kind of boats they may prefer, sailors on Watts Bar Lake will have the opportunity to hear the message “God go with you” on June 6.

    The Horizon Yacht Club will have a Blessing of the Fleet Service beginning at 10 a.m. The club is headquartered at Blue Springs Marina on the eastern shore of the lake, in a cove near river mile marker 547.5.

    Pastor Chuck Griffin of nearby Luminary United Methodist Church will be the officiant for the service.