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Today's News

  • Desired response

    Betty Foy of Renaissance Terrace was surprised with a flower bouquet and balloon to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week. Yellow flowers and balloons filled the halls and rooms thanks to Rosemary’s Florist. “People in the nursing homes are going through something life changing, so we wanted to get to them first,” said Misty Mangum with the flower shop.

    They brought in flowers and balloons to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week.
    The week, July 21-27, was sponsored by Teleflora, a flower delivery service.

  • GUEST OPINION: Rights for religious same for those who believeth not

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Government in America must be neutral among religions and neutral between religion and non-religion — at least that’s how the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

    But escalating conflicts involving government treatment of the nonreligious — atheists and humanists — reveal that far too many government officials are confused and conflicted about the meaning of “neutrality.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Has Chambliss unwittingly spilled NSA beans?

    On This Week with George Stephanopoulis, Sunday, 28 July, 2013, Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss was asked by the interlocutor whether he would be surprised to learn that National Security Agency (NSA) people had listened in on telephone conversations.

  • Former Midway football coach has DUI charge

    FROM STAFF REPORTS
    Former Midway High School head football coach and current Sweetwater head coach Craig Moser has temporarily stepped down as coach of the Wildcats following a Monday, July 22, arrest in Loudon for allegedly driving under the influence.

    The arrest took place at 12:26 a.m. at the Marathon station off Hwy. 72 in Loudon.

  • Sheriff’s crime map helps keep the public informed

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is touting a new program that could help the public stay informed about crime in Roane County.  

    “The Roane County Sheriff’s Office now has an online crime map called RAIDS Online that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Roane County citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Roane County Sheriff’s Office to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

  • High pollen could trigger rare reaction

    High pollen counts could trigger angioedema, a rare adverse reaction of Angiotension converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, Vanderbilt University researchers have found.

    The findings, published online June 24 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, suggest that environmental triggers might explain the seemingly sporadic presentation of this rare adverse drug reaction.

    ACE inhibitors are commonly used to treat high blood pressure.

  • ACAC competes in Barbourville meet

    By CHIP FISCHER
    Special to the News
    The ACAC swimmers owned the First and Second Place trophies for highest individual points in most events at the KCEOC Summer Splash in Barbourville, Ky.  

  • 13 games to see in ’13

    There might not be a lot of county rivalry games on this year’s schedule, but there still are a lot of intriguing match-ups that will go a long way to determine how successful each of Roane County’s five teams will be this season.
    Here is a look at what could be the top 13 games for 2013.
    Friday, Aug. 23
    Oneida at Rockwood
    Two tradition rich programs open the season at what could be a playoff preview in November.
    Both teams have similar philosophies as both like to run the football and are aggressive on defense.

  • Prosecutions move on unabated

    Despite the overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said it will be business as usual for his office.
    “Obviously, that’s in the back of our mind as we work,” Johnson said about the overcrowding. “But we’re not going to change anything until we have a meeting that results in some significant policy change.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 174 inmates.

  • Tiegs guilty of lesser offense

    Registered sex offender James Allan Tiegs was found guilty of a lesser included offense during his trial in Roane County Criminal Court last week.
    Tiegs, 51, was charged with aggravated sexual battery.

    The jury instead found him guilty of misdemeanor assault. 
    “You always want the result that you argue before the jury,” prosecutor Bill Reedy said. “They just saw it differently than we did, but I don’t ever take issue with the jury’s verdict. They do their job.”