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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly recently when Duke University suddenly canceled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel every Friday afternoon.

    The first “call to prayer” was scheduled for Jan. 16 — which, as it happens, was also Religious Freedom Day in America.

    Duke officials cited “security concerns” as the reason for canceling the prayer call, but declined to elaborate.

  • Balancing act of governing

    By RON WOODY

    Roane County Executive

    We hope through a series of articles that we can help explain programs offered by Roane County, why we offer these programs, and the costs and benefits of these programs to the citizens of Roane County. This article discusses the taxpayers’ investment in The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance was formed by a group of Roane County leaders in 2000. The goal was to consolidate the leadership in not only direction and focus, but also to achieve efficiency of administration.

  • Arrests: Nov. 8-20, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 8
    — Lonnie James Haire, 52, 418 N. Broadway Ave., Knoxville: violation of probation/parole.

    • Ronnie Wayne Cisson, 51, 120 Arp Drive, Rockwood: violation of probation/parole.

    • Thomas Lee Spears, 44, 127 Corbin St., Corbin, Ky.: failure to appear, two counts violation of probation/parole.

  • Lots of business celebrations around Roane
  • Lady Jackets hold off Lady Devils

    The last time Kingston and Harriman squared off, the Lady Devils handed the Lady Jackets a loss in Kingston.

    Friday night, Kingston returned the favor and picked up a 59-46 win at Harriman.

  • Blue Devils end two-game losing streak, defeat Kingston

    After dropping back-to-back games to Kingston and Grace Christian, the Harriman Blue Devils rebounded with a 69-59 win over Kingston Friday night.

    ‘That was tough stretch for us, but I felt like we got what we needed out of practice this week,” Harriman head coach Wesley Jones said. “We had a ton of energy tonight. We executed the game plan well and we just made enough plays to survive tonight.”

    Friday night’s game started out much like the previous meeting between the two county rivals, with the Blue Devils going on a run early.

  • Harriman honors fallen teammate

    Following the girls game on Friday night, Harriman High School took the time to honor one if its fallen alum, Jadah Gallaher.

    Gallaher, who passed away May 30, 2014, was a former student and basketball player at Harriman High School.

    “It’s just a blessing to see how much she impacted people’s lives,” Willie Gallaher, her father, said. “As a father, you pray that’s what your children do and so just for (Harriman) to take the time out to honor and remember her it just numbs my heart with joy.”

  • Midway drops games to Meigs County

    The Midway Lady Green Waves won another out-of-district game at Loudon Tuesday, but turned around and were pounded by district rival Meigs County Friday night.

    The Lady Waves are currently 13-1 out of district, but only 3-7 in district 3A.

    The success out of district may be rubbing off on the Green Waves.

    They played well at Loudon but lost by five then were popped by Meigs County Friday night by 22.

    The Green Waves are 4-20 overall and 1-9 in the district.

  • Oliver Springs, Rockwood victorious in District tournament opener

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats were on the prowl in their opening round of TMSAA District Tournament action as they put away the Lenoir City Lady Panthers, 35-15.

    Oliver Springs got out to the early 7-3 lead before the Lady Panthers whittled the lead down to 7-6 at the end of the first period.

  • CONTROL FREAKS: LEGOs put Cherokee kids in math, science frame of mind

    Several Cherokee Middle School students are taking a traditional children’s toy and learning important aspects of math and science.

    The team, the Control Freaks, are competing on Valentine’s Day in the 2014 FIRST LEGO League East Tennessee Championship at Tennessee Technological University.

    The team qualified for the competition after a robotics competition at a qualifier tournament in Knoxville.

    “These guys have really done a great job coming together as a team,” said Jill Hudson, Cherokee’s FIRST LEGO League instructor.