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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Second try at shield law echoes first

    By GENE POLINCINSKI
    First Amenedment Center
    An irony of timing twice has put U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in the headlines at critical moments in gaining congressional approval of a federal shield law that would protect journalists and their confidential sources.
    On Capitol Hill, there’s new-found  White House support and congressional action behind  proposals to for the first time provide legal means in federal courts for journalists to keep secret their confidential sources and unpublished information.

  • Oliver Springs teacher lands in trouble

    A mowing job has landed one Oliver Springs High School teacher in serious trouble.
    Special education teacher Amelia E. Drennan is charged with felony reckless endangerment after police said she hired a man to mow at an address where meth labs were found.

  • Church Calendar: June 15-20

    SATURDAY, JUNE 15
    • Dogwood Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a singing at 7 p.m. in the church on Dogwood Valley Road. The Melodys will be featured.

    THURSDAY, JUNE 20

  • Calvary students tops in fine arts

    Lauren Treadway of Calvary Baptist School, Kingston, was recognized for her photography skills on a national level in a competition sponsored by the American Association of Christian Schools at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.

    Treadway won third place in the national contest in the senior high animal photography category.

    She is among the Calvary Baptist School students who advanced to the national competition by winning first-place honors in March at the Tennessee Fine Arts Competition in Murfreesboro.

  • Vacation Bible School 2013

    Asbury Chapel United Methodist
    Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church, Rockwood, will kick off its vacation Bible school from 5 to 6 p.m. June 23 with hot dogs and refreshments. Classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24-26 in the church at 1717 Eureka Road; “Fun Fair” Where God’s World Comes Together” is the theme.

    Bethel Presbyterian/Kingston United Methodist

  • Pastor becomes military chaplain on 10th anniversary of ordination

    The Rev. Jake Morrill took the oath last week that commissions him to serve as a chaplain in the Army Reserve.

    Morrill took the oath on June 9 before the congregation he serves at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church.

    The day was special for another reason: it was Morrill’s 10th anniversary of ordination.

    He was ordained on June 9, 2003, in his home church, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.

    In his new role, Morrill will hold the rank of Army Reserve captain.

  • Hollis recipient of Rockwood 2000 scholarship for ’13

    Rockwood High School graduate Emily Hollis is the recipient of the Rockwood 2000 Scholarship for 2013.

    “Emily has very impressive and specific goals for her future,” said Sandi McIntosh of Rockwood 2000.

    “She has been accepted to the University of Tennessee where she plans to get her undergraduate degree and then apply to medical school to get her doctorate in orthopedic sports medical.”

  • Slipping Airport Road closed

    A popular shortcut between Rockwood into Cumberland County has been shut down.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson announced the decision to shut down Airport Road immediately Wednesday because of concerns about the stability of the roadway.

    “This road has dropped,” he said. “We’ve got some major cracking.”

    He said his department was contacted Tuesday by a traveler who almost wrecked because of the shifting roadway.

  • New insurance laws loom

    In about six months, every man, woman and child in the United States will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

    Can you and your family afford it?

    What options do you have?

    And what are the penalties if you don’t, say, get with the program?

    A representative from a new kind of health insurance entity was in Roane County recently to help dispel some of the fog.

    Lisa Preiss works with Community Health Alliance, a new company based in Knoxville.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Potential sometimes outshines reality

    June already has been hot, stormy and steamy, but it is difficult for me to think of it as anything but a gentle month.

    The perfume of honeysuckle fills the air. The lawn is a pliable expanse of green and not yet the brittle brown patch that can come later. Gardens – whether floral or vegetable – aren’t yet at their full potential, but their promise, at this point, is solid.

    June sets the tone for summer.

    I rarely take June vacations, but I love spending time in June planning them.