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Today's News

  • Commandments shouldn’t be forced issue

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    It’s not every day that a school board votes unanimously to ignore legal advice, defy Supreme Court precedent and invite litigation.
    But that’s exactly what happened late last month in Giles County, Va., when members of the board ordered school administrators to hang the Ten Commandments on the walls of the county’s five public schools.
    Rehang, actually.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    A tough guy … that’s what most of us weekend warriors like to think of ourselves.
    Fact of the matter is, we’re all pretty much far from it, as the Boss reminds me quite often.
    Just a few days ago, the most wonderful woman on God’s green earth shook “my world.”
    “Quit whining!” she ordered.
    Weenie that I am, I immediately complied.
    Still, I secretly pined inside.
    When I awoke and showered before church, I could tell something wasn’t just right.

  • Kingston considers wakeboard competition for July 4 celebration

    The Fourth of July will look a little different in Kingston this summer.
    City parks and recreation director Rick Ross, speaking at a city council workshop last week, outlined the plans for the next July 4.
    “Most people want to know, will there be boat races,” he said.
    “Not in the traditional sense, no,” Ross said.
    Instead, he said, the city is looking to bring wakeboarding competition to the lakefront for the popular summer holiday.
    Ross said the relationship between the city and the boat race organizer had soured.

  • Rockwood sewer woes land city in trouble with the state

    Rockwood’s wastewater treatment plant was cited last month for discharges and for failing to turn in paperwork in a timely manner.
    Officials knew a citation was in the making and said they have taken steps in recent months to begin projects at the plant and in the system to come into compliance.
    Engineers will be bringing recommendations back to address the problems to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board, according to Mayor James Watts.

  • Rockwood airport fool’s gold?

    Not everyone on Rockwood City Council has the same vision for the Rockwood Municipal Airport.
    Its staunchest supporter, Councilwoman Peggy Evans, believes if the city can come up with a $75,000 match for $750,000, that the airport could have T-hangers and other buildings to rent and could be a hub for a business distribution center such as Fed-Ex, creating revenue and job opportunities.

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  • Mr. & Mrs. Ladd

    Tami Hamby and Steve Ladd were married on Jan. 1 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    The Rev. Todd Dorsey officiated during the private ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom and Patsy Hamby of Harriman and the late Glenda Hamby.

    The groom is the son of R.W. and Edith Ladd of Harriman.

    A reception dinner at Lakeside Tavern in Knoxville followed the ceremony.

    After a wedding trip to the Caribbean, the couple is at home in Roane County.
     

  • Conservation program signup starts March 14

    A general signup for the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program will run from March 14-April 15.

    During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general signup at the Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency office at at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    The phone number is 376-2392.

  • Salvation Army honors Young for years of service

    The Roane/Morgan County Salvation Army Unit recently honored Jim Young of Kingston for his years of public service in the organization.

    Young is moving from the area and will be resigning from the board.

    His attention to the plight of others started when he was a young man. He attended Emory and Henry University in Atlanta and participated in the early fight against segregation by organizing and participating in marches.