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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Gay equality trumps religious objections

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In the wake of two favorable Supreme Court decisions, gay-rights proponents got another boost this month with the release of State of the First Amendment: 2013, a public-opinion survey supported by the First Amendment Center.

    According to the new poll, a majority of Americans (62 percent) now agrees that religiously affiliated groups receiving government funds can be required to provide health benefits to same-sex couples, even if the group has religious objections to same-sex marriage or partnerships.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Rhea County sights, other oddities

    Gentle reader, it has occurred to us that two issues presently concerning the powers that be in the Federal District, namely the invasions of privacy inherent in the collection of citizens’ telephone calls and electronic transmitted messages, and the perilous state of the Post Office might both be resolved by one simple solution: You want to send a message? Write a letter.

  • Roane County students earn degrees at RSCC

    A number of Roane State Community College students from Roane County graduated from Roane State Community College during the 2012-13 academic year.

    Graduating summa cum laude with a grade-point average of 4.0-3.9 were:

    Harriman — Roger Liles,  Timothy Phillips,  Jay Phillips,  Corey Reed and Savannah Weatherly.

    Kingston — James Heaton, Daniel Miget, Mandy Rush, and Lawrence Wise.

    Rockwood — Michelle Edwards,  Ashley Mitchell,  Robin Scarbrough and Christopher Sherrod.

  • Roane students excel in postsecondary studies

    East Tennessee State University

  • Pelley an honors scholar at ETSU

    Sarah Beth Pelley of Rockwood is among the transfer students selected by East Tennessee State University’s Honors College as a 2013 Midway Honors Scholar.

    Midway Honors Scholars are exceptional students transferring to the university.

    Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at their previous school and must either hold an associate’s degree or have earned at least 30 credit hours of course work.

  • ’Cats battles Halls in scrimmage

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats traveled to Halls Tuesday evening and took on the Red Devils in what would be their final full-scale fall scrimmage.

  • O’Neal Table Tennis Club shines at Senior Olympics

    The Tracy O’Neal Table Tennis Club in Kingston doesn’t have a lot of members, but they left their mark recently at the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio, as 12 members of the group received medals or placed in the top 8 overall at the games.

  • Roane Choral Society getting ready for 41st year

    Roane Choral Society will celebrate its 41st anniversary with concerts in November, March and April.

    “The society members enjoy entertaining audiences with a variety of music to please everyone,” said Julianne Bailey, publicity chairwoman.

    Four Carol Cantatas will kick off the holiday season with a presentation of four suites of traditional carols arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

    Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide accompaniment.

  • The Garden Gate: Healthy fig, amaranth ideas date back to ancient times

    Figs, amazingly enough, are really flowers and grow on soft-wood, large-leaved branches of fig trees. They grow everywhere in the Mediterranean area, as they have for hundreds of years.

    Hezekiah was one of the most outstanding kings of Judah, which he ruled from 727-698 B.C. Herod, the famous Greek historian, wrote that Hezekiah fell ill with a large and severe sore. It endangered his life, and physicians could not cure it. In desperation, the king followed the advice of Isiah the prophet, who said, “Prepare a mass of figs and put it on your sore.”

  • CONTACT training in Knox, OR

    CONTACT Care Line will offer training sessions of The Art of Active Listening this fall in Knoxville and Oak Ridge.

    The Art of Active Listening training program teaches listening skills that are useful in daily lives with family, friends, and co-workers.

    It enables participants to develop empathetic, non-judgmental listening techniques.

    This training offers important information about how to assist with many of the problems people face and how we can respond in skilled, helpful ways.