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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Charles S. Standridge, seat belt law and improper backing Oct. 18. Traffic ticket paid Nov. 5.

    Raymond T. Delius, second-offense DUI Feb. 24, 2006. Dismissed Nov. 8, cost to prosecutor.

    Gordon W. Gillespie, violation of probation Oct. 21. Guilty as charged Nov. 8, convicted.

    Avory Cofer, aggravated assault Jan. 18, 2009. Dismissed Nov. 8, cost to state.

  • Working in the yard
  • Hopeful signs buoy nation's free press

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Maybe it's the influence of springtime, but with the change of seasons there seem to be positive signs of a renewal of spirit in the nation's free press.
    In a meeting of the nation's top news editors in San Diego, and at a panel discussion at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., experts this week expressed new hopes about the future of journalism — citing new technology and new approaches to funding news operations.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Wouldn't true patriots pay more to save country?

    Well, Gentle R­eader, the news over the weekend was dominated, as it probably will be for some little time, with the manoeuvres, machinations, and manifestoes concerning the government’s budgetary plans and actions.
    After much ado, more than halfway into the fiscal year, apparently there has finally been agreement as to the 2010-2011 federal budget. You have read and heard about it ad nauseam no doubt, so we will not go into the subject in any detail.

  • PROM SEASON: Getting fit for formalwear

    Many young men from Roane County High School stopped by Oran’s Flower Shop Wednesday for last-minute tuxedo fittings before their prom Saturday.
    The consensus among the dapperly-dressed gents was this: They’re in it for the experience.
    “It’s a high school thing,” junior Austin Jones said.
    Senior Darik Brackett said he looks forward to embarrassing his date with his “funny” dancing.
    Oran’s employee Tammi Cribbs good-naturedly assisted them.

  • Ken Yager's Legislative Week in Review

    The State Senate approved a wide range of bills this past week, including a proposal to curb abuse of prescription pain pills, legislation to address illegal immigration, and several measures to benefit police officers across the state.   
    Meanwhile, Senate Committees reviewed 20 departmental or government agency budgets as members examined the 2011-12 proposal submitted by Governor Bill Haslam.  

  • Jackets split with Redskins, Waves pick up 3-A wins

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets baseball team split a pair of District 4-AA games earlier in the week as Bruce Robinette’s squad downed Loudon 7-1 on Monday before dropping a 5-1 decision to the Redskins on Wednesday.

  • Lady Tigers down Harriman, 13-6

      The Rockwood Lady Tigers held off the rain and defeated Harriman Monday at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex by a final margin of 13-6.

  • Tigers, Devils fail to grab upper hand in 3-A race

    The Rockwood Tigers and Harriman Blue Devils met two times earlier this week with the hopes of taking the early lead in the race for District 3-A supremacy. 

  • CASA volunteer training slated to start May 3

    The Court Appointed Special Advocate’s next training class will begin on May 3.

    The five-week class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.

    This 30-hour nationally certified training class will provide tools and information to prepare individuals to become CASA volunteers for children who are victims of abuse and neglect.