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Today's News

  • Military Matters: Michael W. Aliff

    Michael W. Aliff, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, has graduated from the U.S. Army Air Assault School and earned the honor of wearing the Air Assault Badge.

    The 2012 graduate of Oliver Springs High School is the son of Mike Aliff of Oak Ridge and Devonah Erwin of Maryville.

    The 10-day course of instruction focuses on combat assault operations involving hands-on, performance-oriented Army warfare operations associated with helicopters.

  • Military Matters: Travis A. Best

    U.S. Air Force Airman Travis A. Best recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    He is the grandson of Lee Patterson and Dianne McKeethan of Kingston.

    A 2008 graduate of Oakdale School, the airman is the son of James and Elaine Best of Oakdale.

    Best completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Cody B. Jewett

    U.S. Air Force Airman Cody B. Jewett recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Shawn and Susan Jewett of Harriman, he is a 2013 graduate of Harriman High School.

    Jewett completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Military Matters: Leonard Wright

    U.S. Army Pfc. Leonard Wright recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    Son of Leonard Wright of Harriman and Donna Binford of Kingston, he is a 2014 graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    During the nine weeks of training, Wright studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

    He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat.

  • General Sessions Court: April 21, 2014

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

    April 21 — Samuel I Lee, driving while license revoked: guilty; amended to driving without license. Driving

    while license revoked second or subsequent offense: guilty; amended to driving without license. Possession unlawful drug paraphernalia-attempt: dismissed.

  • Arrests: Sept. 1-8, 2014

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

    Sept. 1 — Tara Alexis Kalnasy, 20, 209 Franklin St., Kingston: illegal possession of alcohol. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 10.

    • Jonny Dexter Key, 11265C C Road, Pikeville: failure to appear. Bond $30,000; court date Oct. 20.

    • David Lynn Kilby, 45, 1307 Airport Road, Oakdale: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date Sept. 24.

  • Roane County E-911: August Dispatches
  • GUEST OPINION: Many confused on church/state separation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    At a time when Americans are deeply divided over the meaning of “separation of church and state,” a recent ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a much-needed case study in how the First Amendment’s establishment clause is supposed to work.

  • GLIMPSES: Making the case for investing in Roane schools

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column. 

    1)  None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity. 

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • TWRA accepting comments on fishing proposals

     

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Fisheries Division announced its proposed 2015-16 sport fish and commercial fishing regulation changes during the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s August meeting.  TWRA Fisheries Division Chief Bobby Wilson made the proposals at the Aug. 28-29 meeting of the TFWC held in Jackson.