Today's News

  • Military Matters: Brandon T. Finney

    U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon T. Finney recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Roger and Pam White of Oliver Springs, the airman is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Finney completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Michael J. Vann

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael J. Vann has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    A refueler technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson, Knoxville, the staff sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

    He is the son of David and Judy Vann, Kingston, and Janice McCown, Harriman.

    He graduated in 1987 from Roane County High School, Kingston.

  • The Garden Gate: Do you have Bouncing Bet in your garden?

    Many of the rollicking medieval names for plants have been lost in favor of more prosaic titles, but think how exuberant a garden would be planted with such things as Bouncing Bet, Sweet Sultan, Bobbing Joan, Lustie Gallant, Gardener’s Garters or Glare of the Garden.

    William Shakespeare’s famous statement that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet is perfectly true. What’s in a name? Well, a lot when it comes to plants.

  • GUEST OPINION: To criminalize blasphemy not the right choice

    First Amendment Center
    Criminalizing blasphemy is critical to protecting global peace, the head of the Arab league told the U.N. Security Council yesterday.

    “If the international community has criminalized bodily harm, it must just as well criminalize psychological and spiritual harm,” Nabil Elaraby said. “The League of Arab States calls for the development of an international framework which is binding … in order to confront insulting religions and ensuring that religious faith and its symbols are respected.”

  • Ever wonder where your property tax dollars go?

    Roane County Executive
    In October of each year, your county and city governments sends out the annual property tax bills.

    As citizens and property-tax payers, we generally hate to see these bills and often think, “what benefits do we receive for these taxes?”

    This column will deal primarily with the property tax levy for the county government; however, before we address the property tax we will try to address an overview of the county budget as a whole.

  • Police roundup: Williams on leave, sex offender jailed

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Darrell Williams is on unpaid administrative leave after a recent drunk driving charge.

    Williams, vice president of business development for the Alliance, was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent on Sept. 17 following a lunchtime crash.  

  • Missing Obama sign raises Democratic ire

    A large Obama campaign sign that was once in a grassy roadside area at Roane County Park is gone.

    Roane County Democratic Party leaders said they learned the sign was gone lasr Wednesday.

    “Somebody has our Obama sign. I’d like it returned or the value of it replaced,” said Bob Cowan, Roane County Democratic party chairman.

    Democrats believe Republican volunteers may be the culprits.

    “There are volunteers that get carried away,” said Democrat Jack McNew.

  • 3-year-old safe, mother in custody

    The noncustodial mother of a 3-year-old Roane County child is now in custody after a long search.

    Amy Barber-McDonough was found with her son, Frank Williams Qualls, on Saturday, Sept. 29.
    Frank has been returned to his custodial father.

    “She was picked up by Knoxville Police Department. She was in a hotel,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Stockton said Detective Bryan Walker got a call from the FBI who had located her somewhere in Knox County.

  • Hamby wins APA title
  • MMS rolls over Norwood, 48-8

    It is pretty well known in football that you don't want to leave your defense on the field for long periods of time. However, the Midway Middle School Green Wave did just that last Thursday and still came up big winners, downing Norwood, 48-8.