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Today's News

  • AARP driver safety classes slated this month in Rockwood, Kingston

    Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department will sponsor the AARP driver safety training program March 22-23 in the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    The two-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

    Another two-day class is planned for March 28-29. That class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

  • April 1 deadline for crop assistance

    The Tennessee Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and producers of the April 1 deadline for obtaining non-insured crop disaster assistance coverage on mixed grass pasture for the crop year 2012.  

    The program was designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production or prevented planting of an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance.

  • Roane County E-911 February dispatches
  • Nature dwellings on exhibit

    American Museum of Science and Energy visitors have opportunities to learn the life cycle of a house, visit the lighting test table, and play the energy game at the “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within The Forces of Nature” exhibition.

    The exhibit is open  through April 30 at the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Museum visitors will be able to explore three key building materials — wood, steel and concrete — and the path each takes from its origin in the earth to its use in the home.

  • GUEST OPINION: Tobacco case: Feds’ warnings went too far

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The federal government can require that tobacco companies warn the public about health hazards, but it can’t force them to scare smokers out of the habit.

    That was the finding recently by Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., who struck down a Food and Drug Administration rule as a violation of the First Amendment. Leon had earlier issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the FDA from requiring the new warning labels on cigarette packs.

  • Assessor candidate protest aimed at incumbent

    Property assessor candidate David Morgan stood outside the Roane County Courthouse on Feb. 28 with a sign asking people to honk if they hate high property taxes.

    Teresa Kirkham, the current property assessor, said that’s because he’s misinformed.

    “I don’t know what he’s trying to prove, because he’s misinforming the public if he’s trying to tell them he can set their property taxes,” Kirkham said. “He can’t.”

    Morgan is one four people running against Kirkham in the August election.

  • Schools ease lice rules

    Years ago, students with head lice were sent home.

    Times have changed.

    “We are no longer allowed to exclude them from school for an extended period,”  said Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff,.

    When a child is identified as having lice, Mc

    Griff said the policy is to contact the parent and ask them to come and get the child.

  • New credit card issued for training, travel by Harriman city employees

    Problems booking training and travel expenses were reasons given for approving Harriman Mayor Chris Mason to acquire a credit card through Regions Bank this month.

    Mason said city clerk Angie Skidmore had to pay for reservations for training of city employees recently.

    “She had to put it on her personal credit card. I don’t think it is right for Angie to have to do that,” Mason said.

  • Super Tuesday in Roane
  • Goff to leave Roane State

    Roane State President Gary Goff has decided to end his career in higher education in Roane County.

    Goff, 64, announced he plans to retire Oct. 31. He said he will be spending his retirement in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, children and grandchildren.