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Today's News

  • Budget time needs full attention

    Now is the time county and city governments are cobbling together their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
    This difficult work is taking place in difficult economic times.
    Grants are harder to come by, state and federal funding is being cut back, and yet, state and federal governments continue to add more requirements for local governments to live up to.
    Local governments also have to deal with the unrealistic expectations by some residents to have Cadillac services at a Kia price tag.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: We must not remain ignorant on Islam

    Gentle reader, there is much talk nowadays about the subject matter and the quality of our educational system.
    This talk, and more, is fully warranted by the present state of knowledge among the general population, but unfortunately this has become bogged down in a right-wing ideological morass, with the only real action being taken consisting of attacking the teachers’ unions.
    This will produce nothing other than increased rancor and ill will, leaving the coming generation to be even less well educated than their elders.

  • Harriman man charged with murder

    A Roane County man is jailed in Sevier County on a first-degree murder charge.
    Gatlinburg police responded to a 911 call at Gatlinburg Town Square around 11:05 p.m. on May 10.
    Derek Ogle was found at the scene stabbed when police arrived.
    Ogle, 27, was transported to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, where he was pronounced dead.
    Anthony Richards of Harriman has been charged with Ogle’s murder.
    Police said Richards, 26, was taken into custody at the scene. He is being held at the Sevier County Jail on a $1 million bond.  

  • CASA race, United Way Fun Day May 21 at RSCC

    Roane County United Way will once again be taking over Roane State Community College’s campus for its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 21. The event will run from
    11 a.m.-4 p.m., following  CASA’s Run for the Child fundraising event.
    CASA’s 5k run, walk and shorter fun walk begin at 8 a.m. Day of run registration is at 7 a.m. Money from the run will be used to train volunteers to be court advocates for children who have suffered abuse or neglect.
    To preregister, call Bob Lepsig at 882-2076.

  • Mister Ellis goes to Washington

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis spent some time in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to let officials there know his stance on coal ash.    
    “Obviously that issue is pretty close to me and my constituents in the Swan Pond area,” Ellis said.
    The Swan Pond community was impacted by what has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in history.
    On Dec. 22, 2008, a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Students stuck in elevator saved by fire dept.

    It wasn’t a prank.
    The Kingston Fire Department responded to a call to Roane County High School Thursday morning after four students got stuck in an elevator.
    It didn’t take long; the fire department is just a block from the school.
    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said they arrived on scene quickly and got the students out in about a minute.
    “I’d say they were probably in the elevator for no more than 10 minutes,” Gordon said.

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  • Propane Leak
  • Roane State celebrates grads
  • Lady Jackets force winner-take-all title game

     

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets are headed to next week's Region 2-AA Tournament.

    The only question left to answer is whether they'll be on the road or at home and that will be answered Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. as Ronnie Ladd's squad travels to Alcoa with the District 4-AA Tournament championship on the line.

    The Lady Jackets forced a winner-take-all championship game with Alcoa by knocking off the Lady Tornadoes Thursday evening, 6-2.