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Today's News

  • 911 shock created homeland security priorities

    Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, was off duty when the first plane hit the World Trade Center that fateful day 10 years ago.

    At the time, Rose was working full time at the ambulance service in Roane County, training for the position he’s now been at since 2002.

    “I had got off work that morning and come home,” Rose recalled. “I don’t  remember what I was doing, but I remember the TV was on and Tom Brokaw broke in ... and said a plane had hit the building.”

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints the week of Sept. 9 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road in Roane County.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others each year in the United States, according to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Safety.

  • Get to know Tennessee's notable trees

    Get to know the importance of the “Notable Trees of Tennessee,” an American Museum of Science and Energy of Oak Ridge exhibit featuring photographs of 36 trees selected for the Landmark and Historic Tree Register and
    the Champion Tree Program.

    The Tennessee Urban Forestry traveling photographic exhibition opens Sept. 16.

    The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, established in 1991, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to public awareness and to understanding and improving Tennessee's urban forests.

  • Cooperative Ministries to mark 20th anniversary in September

    Roane County Cooperative Ministries will observe its 20th anniversary of assisting neighbors in need with a special celebration next week.

    The celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1658 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The nondenominational organization was born from an idea of the Rev. Richard Hettrick, pastor of Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church in the early 1990s.

  • Dyllis Baptist marks anniversary, homecoming

    Dyllis Baptist Church, Harriman, will celebrate its 129th anniversary with its homecoming on Sept. 11.

    Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., with worship service beginning at 11.

    Pastor Scott Kennedy will deliver the message. A basket lunch will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.

    The church is at 530 Dyllis Road.

  • Donations, support down for 2011 Teachers Supply Closet

    The Roane County Teachers Supply Closet is still in need of donations to support area teachers this school year.

    With less than three weeks remaining before the teachers begin shopping on Sept. 28 for needed classroom supplies, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Teachers Supply Closet has received fewer supplies and financial contributions than in previous years.

  • Homeschool Fridays kick off Sept. 16

    Parents can still register their children for the Homeschool Fridays programs offered through December at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Museum educators will lead students through interactive programs on a number of topics. Grades K-2 meet for an hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cost per session is $5 for museum members; $7 for the general public.

    Students in grades 3-6 begin the program at 12:30 p.m. and continue for two hours, with a cost of $9 for museum members and $12 for the public.  

  • Ruling means press might pay to stream games

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    When the nation’s Founders protected press freedom, they had never heard of public high school football games. If they had, they probably would have understood the desire of a free press to cover them. But the press has run into a little trouble with that of late.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Why we’re so hard on the Tea Party

    Gentle reader, at a gathering we recently attended, we were asked by a lady of our acquaintance why we were being so hard on the Tea Party.
    Although we gave a quick answer to her question, we did not do so at any length, since it did not seem appropriate at such a light-hearted social occasion.
    However, we regard it as a legitimate question, and one that we should address.

  • ‘Lame’ excuse ends with men charged

    A Roane County deputy didn’t buy the story two burglary suspects gave about scrapping a friend’s vehicles.
    Timothy Michael Chesser and Jaret Shonn Axell, both of Harriman, were charged with two counts of theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000 and burglary in the Aug. 27 incident.

    Chesser was also charged with public intoxication

    Bill Alexander, the owner of the stolen property, praised the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman Police Department during the Harriman City Council on Tuesday.