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Today's News

  • County commission, legislative districts may be up for changes

    The Roane County Redistricting Committee held a meeting Tuesday to look at the seven county commission districts.
    State law requires redistricting at least once every 10 years.
    The committee will come up with a plan to reapportion the districts based on population data.

  • Harriman embraces industry Rockwood spurned

    Harriman officials are interested in helping find local property for LocoDocs Inc. — the train engine repair company that Rockwood city officials turned away this week.
    At a Harriman City Council workshop Tuesday, council members talked briefly about the various reasons some Rockwood officials and residents were averse to the company moving next to a sports complex in that city.
    Advocates — including real estate agent Frankie Hawn — had said the company had exhausted its search for suitable properties in Roane County.

  • Jackets, Devils look to build off dramatic finishes

    Weather delays and fantastic finishes were the highlights of last week's opening to the 2011 football season.

  • Women’s equality remains only a goal in workplace

    By MARIANNE HILL
    American Forum
    Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, is both a celebration of women’s progress and a reminder that equality remains a goal, not a reality.
    On this day in 1920, women gained the right to vote under the 19th Amendment.
    Today, more than 90 years later, the struggle to advance women’s rights is concentrated on the economic front — with an end to discrimination against women in the labor force a critical, and hotly debated, objective.

  • Artist donates painting to RSCC

    The years Jim Brown taught art and humanities courses at Roane State Community College were the masterpiece of his career.
    It’s fitting, then, that Brown gave Roane State a gift reflecting his love for the college and for art.
    The retired professor, who served for 28 years at Roane State, recently donated one of his paintings to the college’s Mathematics and Sciences Division.
    “Roane State, this place and these people, came together to create some of the best years of my life,” Brown said.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant OK after quake, TVA inspections continue

    TVA is inspecting 15 of its dams and ash impoundments and all of its nuclear plants after an earthquake hit near Richmond, Va., on Tuesday.
    “The seismograph at Tellico Dam was the only TVA site that recorded any shaking as a result of the earthquake,” said TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum. “TVA is inspecting its nuclear plants and several dams and impoundments out of an abundance of caution to be sure the earthquake had no effect on these facilities.”

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Tea Party wants nothing from government! Really?

    Gentle Reader, it is not too soon to give some thought to your schedule for Labor Day, Monday, 5 September.
    If you do not already have firm plans for that day, some of you might well wish to attend the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic at Roane County Park from noon to 3 p.m.
    The event is as usual sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party, but this year it is designated to honor Teachers and one of the guest speakers is scheduled to be Reba Luttrell, Representative of the Tennessee Education Association.

  • State gets its best ever ranking in Kids Count study

    Despite the challenges of the recession, Tennessee has achieved a state best in the National Kids Count Data Book’s ranking on child well-being.

    Its ranking, 39th in the nation, is its best ever. The ranking was included in a recently  released report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The book also looks at how children have been affected by the recession.

  • Gala supporters coming forward

    The Roane County Heritage Commission’s gala for the historic Roane County Courthouse is Oct. 1, and sponsors are already signing on.

  • Passenger car coming back to its Southern Railway roots

    Southern Appalachia  Railway Museum has been chosen as the new owner of former Southern Railway Coach No. 829.

    The 52-seat passenger car is the generous donation from the Bluewater, Mich., chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

    The chapter considered several organizations to provide 829 a new home, and settled on museum based on its record of restoring and operating many pieces of former Southern Railway equipment.

    The transfer was completed on Aug. 1.