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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Please, it was the Denny Building that burned

    Gentle Reader, we continue looking at the year to come.

    In the fourth quarter of 2015, we will have attained that milestone age whereby we will become an Octogenarian, a status of which we intend to take full advantage. However, the attainment of this venerable age serves to remind that unless we were to share the long-living tendency of our late friend Walter Pulliam, who died this past year at more than one hundred years of age, we have a limited time to get done the things we have intended or promised to do.

  • Lady Wave stay unbeaten, Tigers drop Midway Middle

    Monday night, the Tigers of Rockwood took the road to travel to Midway to battle the Green Wave.

    Each team was able to pick up a victory on the evening.

    The Lady Wave grabbed a 47-26 victory while the Tigers took home a 46-15 win.

    Midway was undefeated coming into the game, and were able to leave the gym that way.

    8th grader Karlee Bowling, tossed up 24 of her Lady Tiger’s 26 on the night.

  • Lady Cats defense holds Harriman to single digits

    It wasn’t a high-scoring affair, but that didn’t matter for Oliver Springs Middle School Monday night.

    After getting out to an early 6-0 lead, the Lady Cats defeated Harriman Middle 21-6.

    “We struggled to score, it was a defensive battle,” Oliver Springs head coach Tonya Snyder said. “We like to push tempo and we did a good job of that.

    “That’s been our story this year, we’ve struggled to score, but I like their hustle and their heart and their effort.”

  • Bobcats escape triple-overtime against Blue Devils for victory

    It took nearly six full quarters to determine a winner between Harriman and Oliver Springs Middle, but at the end of the third overtime the Bobcats took home a 41-37 win.

    “It might have been a heck of a game for fans, but it wasn’t a heck of a game for us,” Oliver Springs head coach Lance Jones said. “We played hard and that’s all I can ask from them. We didn’t play smart, but in the end we got the win. I’m proud of them.”

  • Girl Scouts taking orders online for 2015 cookie sale

    Thin Mints, Samoas, and all the favorite Girl Scout cookies are back for this year’s sale, which begins Jan. 16.

    Two new varieties, Rah-Rah Raisins and Toffee-tastic, will be available this year — the first for online cookie sales.

    Girls have the option to build their own “My Digital Cookie” websites that are personalized — but protected. Parents must approve the websites, and girls send email links only to people they know.

  • Works sought for Arts in the Airport exhibit

    The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) are calling for entries for the next “Arts in the Airport,” a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of East Tennessee’s most-visited sites.

    An estimated 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 16-Oct. 7.

  • Roane Open Art Show set to start Jan. 19 at RSCC

    The Arts Council of Roane County’s 2015 Roane Open Art Show will have its official opening at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the O’Brien Art Gallery on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    The event is open to the public.

    Many of the artists with works on display will be on hand for the event, and awards will be presented to the best works in several categories as judged by Roane State Art Department Associate Professor Stacy Jacobs.

  • Tax-Aide to offer free tax help in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 3-April 7 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • GUEST OPINION: Je suis Charlie, it’s another way to say freedom

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Cowards!

    There’s no other word for the armed gunmen who killed 12 people in the attack last week on the Parisian offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

    Once again, terrorists ignore the lessons of history: individuals may be silenced by violence from time to time, but ideas live on and ultimately will find their way to the world.

    Once again, innocent lives are lost in the futile attempt to force one point of view onto others, or to prevent other points of view from being heard.

  • The Balancing act of governing

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    As citizens, we often ask — and even demand — certain services of our government and then are reluctant when it comes to paying for them.

    Your local government is the government closest to the people, and this government, whether it be a county or a city, often struggles with balancing the funding requirements of one group of citizens’ needs or desires with other groups’ needs and desires. All this pushing and pulling could be called lobbying.