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Today's News

  • Monterey downs Harriman, 26-7

    The Harriman Blue Devils were left singing the blues Friday night, giving up 355 yards on the ground en route to a 26-7 season opening loss to the Monterey Wildcats.

  • Turnovers doom Tigers in 41-14 loss

    The Rockwood Tigers went through two preseason scrimmages and the 2012 Roane County Jamboree without turning the ball over. 

  • Jackets win in Harrison's debut, 28-7

    The Blair Harrison era at Roane County High School kicked off in impressive fashion Friday night as the Kingston Yellow Jackets downed the Oliver Springs Bobcats at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field, 28-7.

    “It was awesome,” Harrison said of his first game at Roane County High School. “I didn’t know what to expect, but it exceeded my expectations and the fans were great.

  • Tournaments fun, but fill a vital need

    Harriman Fire Department is closer to raising all the funds needed for a  utility vehicle.

    Department officials said they want the small vehicle to move through tricky situations such as at street festivals to access crowded areas where people with emergency needs may be.

    The city recently opened bids for a 2012 Polaris Ranger from Ultimate Toys for $10,650. About $9,580 has been raised so far for the vehicle.

  • Anti-drug group gets $7,500 boost

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition recently got a welcome gift in the form of a $7,500 check from the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club.

    The donation was made possible through a collaborative effort by Rotary Clubs from both Knox and Roane counties.

    Tickets to a June performance by acclaimed Southern humorist Jeanne Robertson at Knoxville historic Bijou Theatre were sold at $35 each for general admission and $100 for VIP.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: You must read this Free Press analysis of Ryan

    Gentle Reader: Today’s column about Paul Ryan, Romney’s pick as running mate, may provoke questions, even skepticism, about its authenticity; but we assure you, it’s authentic, it’s real, it’s genuine, so read on with care but without doubts:

    “... Ryan seems like the perfect vice presidential candidate for the people who actually want a true-blue, tried and tested conservative on the Republican ticket.

    “Except for one problem. He’s an imposter.

  • GUEST OPINION: Public access also a plus in assuring fair trial

    By GENE POLICINSKI    
    First Amendment Center
    When courts withhold public access to certain police or other records before trials — particularly high-profile ones — the reasoning generally reflects a desire to preserve the suspect’s right to a fair trial.

    No quarrel here with a fair trial.

  • GUEST OPINION: Day may be when religion, or lack of, will not matter

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Remember all the media chatter during the primaries about how the “Mormon factor” could undermine Mitt Romney’s candidacy?

    Forget about it.

    American voters, it turns out, are mostly unconcerned about Romney’s religious affiliation or have no idea what it is.

  • RSCC president search opens up

    STAFF REPORTS
    The closed-door search for the next Roane State Community College president is now being swung open.
    The presidential search advisory committee selected four finalists Wednesday, Aug. 15.
    While the initial meeting to discuss protocol was public, later meetings were closed until finalists were selected.
    It is the first presidential search the Tennessee Board of Regents has conducted since a new state law went into effect that kept applicants names private until finalists were selected.

  • Ruppe looks to God for answers on candidacy

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe used to sit at a place of much more authority when she was Morgan County Executive.
    Some in Morgan County would like to see her return to the post she lost in an unsuccessful re-election bid in 2010. She was unseated by current Morgan County Executive Don Edwards..
    “That isn’t me,” Ruppe said at a recent Rockwood meeting, referring to Facebook postings saying she should run. She didn’t rule it out, however, when asked if she would consider a run.