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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Journalists face attacks, death in much of world

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The world news items about reporters killed, news organizations harassed, and unsolved crimes committed against journalists in other nations come nearly daily, generally in one or two paragraphs at most in a newspaper or online.

    These attacks around the globe demonstrate the huge difference between press freedom as we know it in the United States and press freedom elsewhere.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: A tale of extraordinary courage and achievement

    Come August of this year, one of the alumni of the class of 1984 of Roane County High School will be a member of a team of 20 or so climbers who will scale Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

    This climber will be Roger Long, and the climbing group will be the Team Fox Kilimanjaro Expedition, organized by Michael J. Fox on behalf of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is an organization founded by Fox to aid in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease, from which both Roger Long and Michael J. Fox suffer.

  • Fleischmann reacts to vandalism

    Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said he was in Washington, D.C., when he learned a staffer’s car was vandalized by the son of one of his political rivals.

    “At first it was more disbelief, but as the truth unfolded and came out, I guess first and foremost I was thankful that nobody got hurt,” Fleischmann said.

    The incident occurred at the Roane County Courthouse on April 24.

  • Bobcats end regular season with sweep

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats closed out the regular season Tuesday and Wednesday with a pair of victories over Coalfield.

    On Tuesday, the Bobcats traveled to Coalfield and downed the Jackets 16-3 and they followed that up on Wednesday with an 8-3 home victory over the Jackets.

  • Lady Jackets gearing up for postseason

    The District 4-AA Tournament starts Monday and the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets will enter the tourney with a ton of confidence after beating Loudon on Monday, 12-0, and regular season champion Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) on Wednesday, 9-3.

  • Kingston slams Meigs in grand fashion

    Kingston’s Preston King put on a power show at Southwest Point’s Legion Field Monday evening as the senior SS blasted two home runs, one a grand slam, in leading Bruce Robinette’s squad to a 6-1 victory over Meigs County.

  • Tennis Jackets sweep Harriman

    The Harriman and Kingston tennis teams met Monday afternoon at Roane State and the evening was a good one for the Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as both picked up victories over the Blue Devils and Lady Devils.

  • Lady 'Cats share district title after 3-2 win

      An emotional 72-hour stretch for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcat softball team ended with a bit of good news Wednesday evening as Matt Headden’s squad captured a share of the District 4-A regular season title after knocking off Coalfield at Arrowhead Park, 3-2.

  • Aytes appointed new director of schools

    The Roane County Board of Education appointed Gary Aytes as the new director of schools. Aytes and Donald Andrews, superintendent of Randolph County Schools in North Carolina, were the finalists for the job.
    The 10-member board unanimously selected Aytes, Roane County’s elementary education supervisor, during a special-called meeting Thursday evening.
    “It feels great,” Aytes said. “It’s very rewarding to know that people think that you are capable of doing the job.”

  • Local man or N.C. official?

    Although they’ve only known each other for a short time, Donald Andrews and Gary Aytes have developed a mutual respect for one another.
    The educators indicated that appreciation will continue no matter which of the two the Roane County Board of Education picks for the director of schools position.
    The other finalist for the job, John Green, was a no-show for Saturday’s last round of interviews, so the board will decide between Aytes and Andrews at a special-called meeting on Thursday.