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Today's News

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Comfort dashed when it comes to ashes

    Tucked away in my dresser drawer is a small, wooden box just big enough to hold a neatly folded, but perhaps tear-stained handkerchief.

    But that’s not what it really holds.

    The box — sturdy, but poorly finished — supposedly holds the ashes of my beloved cat Yoda. Yoda’s life ended when we lived in Arizona more than a decade ago.

    While I have never been able to toss the box, I have long ago decided that it is unlikely that much, if any, of Yoda is in there.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ladds in American: 360 years and counting

    As we are approaching the end of this Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen, we would be remiss were we not to remind all of our fellow kinsmen who rightfully claim descent from John Ladd that this year marks the three hundred and sixtieth anniversary of his arrival on the shores of America, in the colony of Virginia, a short time prior to the 7th day of October, 1653.

  • Christmas Lumber leader John Smith dies

    The longtime former chairman and president of Christmas Lumber Co.  has died.

    John W. Harvey Smith died last Wednesday, Nov. 27.

    A World War II and Korean War veteran who graduated from West Point in 1950, Smith first entered into business with his father-in-law James David Christmas at the Harriman lumber and hardware business before he later bought it.

  • Woman alleges fake police stop, is charged herself

    Courtney Rochelle Griggs, 23, was charged with filing a false report on Nov. 26 for allegedly lying about being stopped by a police impersonator.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said Griggs filed the report on Nov. 25.

    “Griggs claimed to have been stopped by a subject dressed in a law enforcement uniform, driving an unmarked police car,” the report said. “She reported that she had her vehicle and purse searched on Decatur Highway just before the Coastal Market at the Decatur Highway/Loudon Highway junction.”

  • Clarification offered in DUI evidence gathering

    The 9th Judicial District’s new DUI prosecutor is giving police departments guidance on taking warrantless blood draws from impaired driving suspects.

    It’s a matter of timing.

  • New Hope Road accident

     

    A white Ford F-150 lay upside down in an embankment off New Hope Road near Caney Creek Wednesday morning. The male driver refused treatment at the scene.

  • Midway splits with Oakdale

     

    The Oakdale Lady Eagles rallied late for a 40-36 win over the Lady Green Waves and the Midway boys won a back and forth affair over the Eagles, 67-63, Tuesday night at Oakdale.

    Girls Game

  • Kingston blows past Sweetwater

     

    The 2013-14 basketball season hasn’t got off to a great start for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets, but that all changed Tuesday night when Kingston swept a pair of games from visiting Sweetwater.

  • Roane State hoops news

     

    Schedule- Roane State hosts Motlow State tonight (Friday) at 6 p.m. for a pair of TJCCAA games. The Raiders and Raiderettes will also host Volunteer State on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.. These will be the final home games before Christmas break. 

  • Mt. Pisgah stops Temple

     

    In the Bible there is the story of the "Walls of Jericho". In Tuesday night's basketball encounter, the Temple Baptist Academy Lady Crusaders encountered the "Walls" of Mount Pisgah Christian Academy as Morgan Walls’ 17 points led the Lady Patriots to a 52-42 win.