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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Road trip? Perhaps, but then where to go?

    I’m back on track with my dog-walking this week, thanks to our recent spring-like interlude.
    It has felt good to be in the sunshine.
    January seems to be flying by more quickly than usual, in part because of the more temperate winter weather.
    I figure winter will whomp its hammer down on us at some point; like cats, the extreme seasons toy with us before they really mess us up.
    For now, I’m really enjoying not freezing half to death.

  • Free tax preparation available at United Way starting on Monday

    The Roane County United Way will offer its annual free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Assistance program starting Jan. 30.

    Now in its ninth season, VITA provides free federal tax assistance and electronic filing. These services include Earned Income Tax Credit, student loan deductions and Child Tax Credit and more.

    VITA offers taxpayers an alternative to have their returns prepared and e-filed by knowledgeable volunteers at no cost.

  • DOE cleanup topic at next League luncheon

    Former American Museum of Science and Energy director Steve Stow will discuss the environmental cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Oak Ridge Reservation during an upcoming meeting of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The meeting, Lunch with the League, starts at noon Feb. 7 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.

  • College Goal Tenn. teaches students about financial aid

    Tennessee high school seniors and parents will have opportunities to hear about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Tennessee.

    College Goal Tennessee offers students and parents completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, expert assistance from hundreds of professionals in the financial aid, admissions, secondary, and higher education communities.

  • School calendars for next 2 years unveiled

    The Roane County Board of Education had another lengthy school calendar discussion last week.

    Longtime Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller, who thinks the county starts school too early, once again found himself on the losing end of the debate.

    The board approved the 2012-13 calendar by an 8-2 vote.

    Rob Jago joined Miller in voting against it.

    “You know how I am about the calendar,” Miller said. “I just don't think we ought to start until after Labor Day.”

  • Duck, duck, goose
  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Evil little thing’ gets lesson in religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
     At the tender age of 16, Jessica Ahlquist has already endured more verbal abuse than most people experience in a lifetime.

    A high school student in Cranston, R.I., Ahlquist has been taunted and threatened at school, targeted by an online hate campaign, and called “an evil little thing” by a state representative on the radio.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET By Gerald Largen: Do Republicans suffer from a ‘Death Wish?’

    We were recently told of a loyal Republican’s comment about the ongoing contest over the Republican nomination for president.

    Concerning his fellow partisans’ actions in this contest, he opined: “They’ve got a death wish!” A very perspicacious analysis we would say.

  • RSCC names top alumni

    An artist-entrepreneur, a nurse and an educator were named Roane State Community College’s 2011 Outstanding Alumni.

    The recipients are Stephen Brown, creator of the popular giftware and lifestyles company Glitterville Studios, 1987 nursing graduate Ellen Kelly of Knoxville and longtime Scott County educator Mike Lay of Oneida. Each was honored for their achievements in their professions and in their communities.

  • Lady 'Cats stop Grace, 46-37

    In recent weeks, the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats have acquired a bit of a reputation as "giant-killers". 

    That reputation was bolstered even more Tuesday in a 46-37 win over Grace Christian Academy.