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Today's News

  • OUR OPINION: Rockwood city financials need action, oversight

    We hope the residents of Rockwood  are concerned about recent revelations that the city may be over budget and short on reserves.

    City officials there have had full plates with utility and other issues, but the most important of their duties is wise spending of the taxpayers’ dollars.

    Officials seemed unsure where the final talley will fall when certain projects are done and certain revenues come in.

    Hoping to break even is the best option we’ve heard tossed out there, but it didn’t seem like a strong possibility.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: History doesn’t back up deficit/debt claims

    You have heard, gentle reader, voice after voice from the all segments of the right, whether regular Republican, TEA Party, Evangelical radical right wingers, or establishment country club type conservatives, all singing the same song of impending national disaster if something isn’t done immediately, if not sooner, to get rid of the national debt and budget deficit of this great country.

  • Post-proposal: How to merge your finances

    Valentine’s Day is the biggest day of the year for proposals, and while all engaged couples dream of marital bliss, money is often the number one topic of conflict in marriage and a leading cause for divorce.

    The nonprofit agency CredAbility recommends that as couples mull over which china to select, where to honeymoon or even where to live, they also talk about their current financial situation, future financial goals, and attitudes toward spending and saving.

  • Harriman man’s custom car goes from movie to museum

    A Harriman man’s 1953 Cadillac convertible used in The Last Ride, the movie about the final trip of famed country singer Hank Williams Sr., may recently have seen its own last ride.

    The vehicle has gone to a museum in Gatlinburg that showcases famous cars.

    The pale blue Cadillac, which looks identical to the late singer’s prized vehicle, was customized by Rex Walls. It is now at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

    It shares company with  vehicles used in movies such as Batman, Back to the Future and the television show The Munsters.

  • Soccer scam warning by FBI

    Scammers have been trying to take advantage of people interested in an alleged new soccer club, according to the Knoxville office of the FBI.

    The scam is designed to persuade consumers to divulge personal information such as credit card account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden name and more, by falsely claiming to enroll students in the Robert English Soccer Academy, the FBI said in a news release. The email contains links that redirect victims to a fraudulent website that allows the scammer to steal the personal information from the victim.  

  • Raising the Stars and Stripes
  • Getting an early start
  • Raiders built for speed

    Roane State Community College baseball coach David Lane loves team speed, and he feels his 2012 Raiders have plenty of it.
    “We’ve been recruiting for speed,” Lane said. “We’re in the Division I level on speed. We should be able to put some runs on the board this year. I also expect us to be much more solid defensively.”
    Demond Tubbs will lead off for Roane State. Clayton Shell and Jeremy Latham give the Raiders two solid left-handed hitters, while Connor Wise provides power. Lane expects freshman shortstop Eric Brown to fill the critical third spot in the batting order.

  • Basler to catch for Roane State

    College baseball coaches always think defense first when looking for catchers.
    But when they find a catcher with defensive skills that can also hit, well they feel they've hit the jackpot and that was the case for Roane State head coach David Lane recently as he signed Kingston senior Derek Basler.
    “Derek's got all the tools to be successful,” Lane said. “He's good behind the plate and he's a big stick from the left side. We're always looking for better talent and we think Derek is going to make us a better team.”
    Basler was equally excited to playing for Coach Lane.

  • Lady 'Cats bomb Jellico in tourney opener, 71-31

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats tipped off the 2012 District 4-A Tournament Tuesday evening with a dominating 71-31 victory over visiting Jellico at Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium.
    Tuesday’s contest was never in doubt as the Lady ‘Cats scored the first eight points of the game and led 16-9 after eight minutes of play.
    Six different players scored for Oliver Springs in the opening period with the sister duo of Emily and Rachel Griffith scoring four points each to lead the way.