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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: To criminalize blasphemy not the right choice

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Criminalizing blasphemy is critical to protecting global peace, the head of the Arab league told the U.N. Security Council yesterday.

    “If the international community has criminalized bodily harm, it must just as well criminalize psychological and spiritual harm,” Nabil Elaraby said. “The League of Arab States calls for the development of an international framework which is binding … in order to confront insulting religions and ensuring that religious faith and its symbols are respected.”

  • Ever wonder where your property tax dollars go?

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    In October of each year, your county and city governments sends out the annual property tax bills.

    As citizens and property-tax payers, we generally hate to see these bills and often think, “what benefits do we receive for these taxes?”

    This column will deal primarily with the property tax levy for the county government; however, before we address the property tax we will try to address an overview of the county budget as a whole.

  • Police roundup: Williams on leave, sex offender jailed

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Darrell Williams is on unpaid administrative leave after a recent drunk driving charge.

    Williams, vice president of business development for the Alliance, was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent on Sept. 17 following a lunchtime crash.  

  • Missing Obama sign raises Democratic ire

    A large Obama campaign sign that was once in a grassy roadside area at Roane County Park is gone.

    Roane County Democratic Party leaders said they learned the sign was gone lasr Wednesday.

    “Somebody has our Obama sign. I’d like it returned or the value of it replaced,” said Bob Cowan, Roane County Democratic party chairman.

    Democrats believe Republican volunteers may be the culprits.

    “There are volunteers that get carried away,” said Democrat Jack McNew.

  • 3-year-old safe, mother in custody

    The noncustodial mother of a 3-year-old Roane County child is now in custody after a long search.

    Amy Barber-McDonough was found with her son, Frank Williams Qualls, on Saturday, Sept. 29.
    Frank has been returned to his custodial father.

    “She was picked up by Knoxville Police Department. She was in a hotel,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Stockton said Detective Bryan Walker got a call from the FBI who had located her somewhere in Knox County.

  • Hamby wins APA title
  • MMS rolls over Norwood, 48-8

    It is pretty well known in football that you don't want to leave your defense on the field for long periods of time. However, the Midway Middle School Green Wave did just that last Thursday and still came up big winners, downing Norwood, 48-8.

  • Phipps, Luna lead Devils to title

    By NICK WILLIAMS

    Roane Newspapers

  • Workshop focuses on writing contract proposals

    The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College will give a workshop that covers how to write proposals for government contracts.

    The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 in The Foundry at 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville.

    The workshop is a cooperative effort between the Roane State center and PQC Solutions.

  • Grand opening for Curves of Harriman

     

    Curves of Harriman representatives, area officials and Roane County Chamber of Commerce members participating in the recent grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at Curves of Harriman are, from left, Danice Turpin, Tami Wright of The Roane Alliance, Mary Ann Pugh, Darlene Wright, Faye Abston, Kenyon Mee, Janice Coker,  Johnny Griffin, Kristen Coker, Kent Calfee, Steve Byerly, Janice Hall, Rose Meza, David Webb and Stephanie Ferguson.