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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Misfire over publishing gun-holders

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    When The Journal News, a suburban New York newspaper, published the names of gun-permit holders late last month, the backlash was immediate.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lick Skillet: Why we have a Second Amendment

    Well, gentle reader, we return to the barricades after our short hiatus. We trust that you and yours had pleasant holidays.

    As this is written, we are right in the middle of the “fiscal cliff,” so we will await some more definitive outcome of this bizarre exercise in statecraft before writing further about it, but there are a couple of things that we wish to go into.

    First is the subject of guns, and the Newtown massacre.

  • Johnson takes helm at TVA

    TVA started the New Year this week with a new president and CEO and four new TVA board nominees being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

    Bill Johnson, newly named president and CEO of the TVA, was welcomed Wednesday by agency employees to his first day on the job.

    Retiring CEO Tom Kilgore presented Johnson with the ceremonial keys to TVA as a symbol of the $11 billion agency’s transition to new leadership.

    In a message to TVA employees, Johnson said his initial focus will be to continue learning more about TVA, its business and its people.

  • Tennessee officials divided on fiscal cliff bill voting

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, whose district includes Roane County, voted against the deal legislators reached to stave off the fiscal cliff.

    “As I have long said, we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” the Republican said in a prepared statement. “The bill sent back to the House not only allowed taxes to increase but increased spending by $330 billion. It was simply something I could not support.”

    The fiscal cliff was a series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect this month.

  • Witness in Houston trial charged with kidnapping

    A high-profile witness in the Houston brothers murder trials is in serious trouble with the law himself.

    Tobey Truman Yates, 35, of Ten Mile, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and simple possession on Dec. 28 after allegedly holding a woman captive for two days.

    Yates is scheduled to appear in court on the charges in February.

    The woman’s mother, Teresa Wiest, contacted authorities.

  • Lady Waves finish third in Jon Loden Classic

    After winning the Jon Loden Holiday Classic last year, the Midway Lady Green Waves finished a respectable third place this year following a 56-17 annihilation of Monterey last Saturday night at Midway.

  • Tigers enjoy awards night

    The Rockwood Rotary Club recently held its annual Rockwood High School Football Awards Night. The event has been held for more than 50 years.

    Ed Bilbrey was the master of ceremonies and former Tiger player Tommy Pemberton was the gust speaker.

  • Lady Tigers win one in Harriman

    It was an up and down three days for the Rockwood Lady Tigers at the 2012 Jim Cordell Christmas Classic as Amy Breazeale’s squad picked up one victory while dropping two games.

  • Lady Jackets battle in Pilot Winterfest Classic

    Last week’s Pilot Winterfest Classic at Knoxville Catholic High School didn’t start well for the Kingston Lady Jackets as they dropped back-to-back games against Anderson County and Powell, but the three-day classic ended on a high note as Connie Guinn’s squad knocked off Karns to end the 2012 portion of their schedule on a high note.

  • Tigers look sharp in Cordell Christmas Classic

    Paul Kamikawa’s Rockwood Tigers are heading into the 2013 with a lot of momentum.

    That momentum came thanks to a strong showing in the 2012 Jim Cordell Christmas Classic where the Tigers picked up three wins in three days against stiff competition.