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Today's News

  • 287th utilizes virtual technology to enhance its training missions

    The Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment took to the field last month for a landmark training exercise combining traditional military muscle with cutting-edge virtual technology.

    Each frigid weekend in January, soldiers from the 278th’s 3rd Squadron surged onto the maneuver area at Volunteer Training Site – Catoosa in northwest Georgia — equipped with Bradley Fighting Vehicles and heavily-armored Humvees.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Hell! (On Grand Cayman, that is)

    “The Roane County News went to Hell with Wayne and Erna Tipps of Ten Mile!” proclaimed the couple, who took the newspaper on one of its hottest adventures.

    Hell — on Grand Cayman Island — offered balmy temperatures, but unlike its biblical namesake, it provided this trio of vacationers a bit of paradise.

    “Hell is a small hamlet just north of Georgetown,” the Tippses said. The “recent two-week trip in the sun was wonderful.”

  • Military Matters: William Derek Luttrell

    U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class William Derek Luttrell has graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Enlisted Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

    A 2008 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston, he is the son of David Anthony and Cathy Luttrell of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Carolyn Luttrell of Rockwood, and David and Norma Luttrell of Kingston.

  • Arrests: Aug. 7-18, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 7 — Leigh Ann Barnett, 31, 133 Teague Road, Rockwood: harassment. Bond $1,500; court date Sept. 23.

    • Felicia Leigh Nealon, 24, 621 N. Chamberlain, Rockwood: disorderly conduct. Bond $800; court date Sept. 23.

    • Cristy Lyn Bradshaw, 41, simple possession or casual exchange; violation implied consent law. Total bond $2,000; court date Sept. 30.

  • GUEST OPINION: Putin’s shiny Olympic village a civil-rights ruse

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent more than $50 billion — more than all previous Winter Games combined — to unveil a “new Russia” at the Sochi Olympics.

    But Sochi’s shiny new infrastructure is little more than a Potemkin village, an extravagant ruse designed to deceive the world about the true nature of Putin’s police state.

  • Former law office may house kids

    Attorney Chris Cawood’s old Kingston law office could become a temporary shelter for displaced children.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said law enforcement has a need for such a place when children have to abruptly uproot because of meth labs and other unforeseen circumstances.

  • When they aren’t marching, they’re running

     

    Members of the Roane County High School Band and Zack Williamson, the band’s director, have been participating in BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer events since 2006, when 11 people ran and walked in honor of Marc Sherrod, the late pastor at Bethel Presbyterian Church and a proud RCHS band parent.  Each year since, the band family has been affected by cancer in some way, and the band’s team continues to grow and support the efforts to fight cancer. Here, the team poses at the 2013 event in Knoxville.

  • Lady 'Cats roll in tourney opener, 58-35

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats opened postseason play Tuesday night with a dominating 58-35 victory over Jellico in the first round of the 2014 District 4-A Tournament played at Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium.

    Oliver Springs never trailed Tuesday and had the contest well in hand by halftime.

  • School canceled Wednesday due to anticipated bad weather

    With more inclement weather in the forecast, Roane County school officials decided to cancel classes Wednesday.

    “We just called it off,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. “We thought it was best to let people know as early as possible, so they could make arrangements.”

    The National Weather Service said a significant winter storm is expected to hit the area Wednesday through Thursday morning.

  • Kingston takes two from Midway

     

    The Roane County High School gymnasium was rocking Friday night as Midway rode into town to finish the season series with the Yellow Jackets.

    Midway took both the girls and boys games in December against Kingston, but the Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets were up to the task Friday night, winning both games to split the season series.