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Today's News

  • Ed Walls' Extreme Football Camp set for July 18-22

    The 2011 Ed Walls’ Extreme Football Camp for ages 8-18 will be held on July 18-22 from 8 a.m. until noon each day at Oliver Springs High School.

  • School repair projects abound this summer

    Saying it needs more time for review, the Roane County budget committee has postponed its Friday meeting.

    On the agenda was the Roane County Schools budget, which is on the agenda for approved at the school board meeting Thursday.

    Officials have rescheduled that budget meeting for Wednesday, June 22, at 2 p.m.

  • Schools oppose funding reduction

    The Roane County Board of Education plans to vote on a resolution Thursday that asks the county commission to not cut the funding for the school system.

    The resolution is in response to actions taken by the commission’s budget committee.

  • Houston finds no judicial sympathy

    Rocky Houston was shrugged off by the latest in his string of attorneys Monday, then chastised by a judge and thrown out of the courthouse by sheriff’s deputies.

    Even so, he seemed undeterred. Houston stood outside under the morning sun, raised a hand to the sky and answered a reporter’s question about his distrust of defense counsel with a preacher’s conviction.

    “I’ve got a good lawyer, and his name is Christ,” Houston said.

  • HUB names Young new chief

    A familiar face will be serving as Harriman Utility Board’s new general manager.

    Assistant Manager Bill Young was unanimously selected as the new manager at a special-called meeting last week.

    On July 1, he will be replacing Chuck Flora, who is retiring after working for the utility 35 years.

  • Storms force TVA rates higher

    TVA officials say ratepayers can blame spring storm damage for the increase they can expect bills after July 1.

    The TVA website said that the total monthly fuel cost will increase from 2.366 cents per kilowatt-hour to 2.689 per kilowatt-hour, an increase in the average wholesale price of 4.5 percent.

    The website said the July fuel cost will increase residential customers bills between $3 and $6 depending on usage.

  • Hear about marvels of ham radio during Field Day event

    Amateur radio operators in Roane County will join “hams” from all across the country in a public demonstration of emergency communications during National Amateur Radio Field Day.

    The special weekend of events will be on June 25-26 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston. The 24-hour demonstration will be from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday.

    This annual Field Day event is the climax of American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Week.

  • The Garden Gate: Yucca both beautiful in the garden and yummy on the plate

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Summer gardens are so often a blaze of color — even at the very beginning of summer, when everything seems to come to flower at once — that the lovely big towering stalks of yucca seem to strike a cooling note with their white cascades of blossom.

    Yuccas have many aliases derived from the various countries where they may be found. These include Spanish bayonet, desert candle, Adam’s needle, manihot and Cassavasor manioc.

  • Nevils-Houston

    Douglas and Patricia Pate of Murfreesboro and Phillip and Gayle Nevils of Nashville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Nikki Elaine Nevils, to Landon Wayne Houston.

    He is the son of Michael B. Houston of Crossville and Sally Houston of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be on July 9 in Antioch United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in Marathon Village in Nashville.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Betty Sue Rice of Nashville and the late Boyd Rice, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Nevils.

  • Poe-Voiles

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Binkley and Rodney Poe of Arkansas announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, McKenzie Renee Poe, to Chad Edward Voiles of Rockwood.

    He is the son of Don and Vicki Voiles of Rockwood.

    The ceremony will be on July 9 in Arkansas.