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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP doesn’t grasp economics, and never will

    Many of the Republicans who are so overwrought on the issue of the national deficit and resulting national debt claim that this is a moral issue.

    In other words, to function on deficit spending and accumulating debt is an immoral activity.

    To some of them it is a sin, bordering on being a crime.

  • New Rockwood armory a priority

    Rockwood might be getting a new National Guard Armory building in the next few years.

    Maj. Gen. Terry M. “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s 75th Adjutant General, came to tour properties in Rockwood last week.

    He also stopped in to talk to Rockwood Civitan Club.

    “It is a lengthy process, but this is the first step toward that,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. “It will take us a few years, but we are going to have an armory.”

  • Smoot accused of stalking

    A Knox County woman claims she’s being stalked by accused murderer Shawn Smoot.

    Kimberly N. Isenberg was granted a temporary order of protection against him in Knox County Circuit Court on Monday.

    “I fear that Shawn is stalking me, and I am afraid,” Isenberg said in court documents.

    Smoot has a first-degree murder charge pending in Roane County Criminal Court for the 2011 death of Brooke Nicole Morris. He’s out on bond in that case.

  • Muzzleloader season opens Saturday

     

    Tennessee’s muzzleloader/archery season for deer opens on Saturday, Nov. 9 and continues through Friday, Nov. 22 in all three of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

  • OSMS rolls past Norwood

     

    Tuesday night, the Norwood Lady Jaguars found themselves running into a purple and gold juggernaut in the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats as the Lady ’Cats rocked and rolled to a 45-8 triumph.

    The Lady 'Cats used a 19-2 first period and a 9-1 second period to take a 28-3 halftime lead.

  • Coffey signs with Milligan College

     

    Roane County High School senior Rachel Coffey said she didn’t sleep much Monday night. That’s because she knew on Tuesday she was going to fulfill a lifelong dream by signing scholarship papers to play softball at Milligan College.

  • Playoffs being Friday night for Roane teams

     

    High school football’s second season kicks off Friday night as three Roane County teams open play in the TSSAA playoffs.

    Harriman, Rockwood and Midway all qualified for the playoffs. Two of the three, Harriman and Rockwood, will hit the road Friday night while Midway will be playing at home.

  • Leon Houston acquitted on federal weapons charge

    Leon Houston has been acquitted of a federal weapons charge by a federal jury. "Praise God," Houston shouted when the judge read the verdict in U.S. District Court in Knoxville Wednesday. Houston acted as his own attorney in the trial, which began Monday. He was accused of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  

  • Prosecutorial team gets depth

    The addition of two new assistant district attorneys could be crucial for the future of District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office.
    Deputy District Attorney General Frank Harvey and Assistant District Attorney General Patti Murphy plan to retire next summer.  
    “They’re our two most senior, other than (Assistant District Attorney General) Bill (Reedy),” Johnson said. “I don’t have a lot of trial experience outside of Frank and Bill.”

  • Progress on Manhattan Project park subject of public meeting

    The Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association’s next membership and public meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Midtown Community Center (102 Robertsville Road) in Oak Ridge.
    Karen Doughty, Department of Energy Environmental Management, will present a status update of the K-25 Historic Preservation initiative.  Doughty is responsible for the project management oversight and will review the status of the project.
    The Request for Proposals have been received and are being evaluated.  There were nine pre-qualified bidders.