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Today's News

  • Schools can’t be substitute for churches

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    If only a fraction of the allegations are true, public school officials in Sumner County have been treating their school district like a missionary field for the Christian faith.
    Nine students — who understandably wish to remain anonymous — have filed suit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to end school promotion of religion.

  • A View from Lick Skillett by Gerald Largin: Maybe it’s something in the New York water

    Although, as you know, gentle reader, any day and every day is a good day to learn more about our history, we as a nation more often than not choose to ignore our history except on the occasion of fifty year anniversaries, such as 50, 100, 150, etc.
    This being the case, and 2011 marking the 150th of secession, the Knoxville News Sentinel this past Sunday ran a front page story titled “June 8, 1861 Tennessee Secedes.”

  • Utility worker candidates force changes in Rockwood

    The top vote getter in Rockwood City Council elections traditonally has two privileges — he becomes the new vice mayor and sits on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.
    However, a new ordinance stops that tradition in its tracks.
    That’s because the highest vote getter in this week’s election was Jason Jolly, a Rockwood Electric Utility employee.
    Last month the Rockwood City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting utility employees from serving on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

  • Hanging initially deemed suicide

    Police said a 36-year-old Rockwood woman found hanging from a tree Tuesday morning apparently took her own life.
    “It’s still under investigation by the TBI, but right now it appears to be a suicide,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.
    Police were dispatched to 609 N. Wilder Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. in reference to a hanging.
    “Prior to my arrival, I was advised by dispatch that the victim was cut down by the caller,” the police report said. The responding officer found Amy Lopez on the ground dead.

  • Kingston workers trim along Watts Bar Lake
  • Medic blood drive
  • Area coaches join forces for football camp

    Normally when Rockwood head coach John Webb, Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett, and Cherokee head coach Brian Pankey get together on the football field there usually isn’t a lot of sharing of ideas as their number one goal is to pick up a victory on the gridiron.

  • Plenty to do at Roane County Park

    Looking for something outside to do, but you don’t have a lot of money? Look no further than Roane County Park in Midtown as the park has a lot of outdoor activities to keep you busy and most are free.

  • Kingston declared victor in annexation battle with Harriman

    The Tennesee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston's 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal, overturning an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    "I am beyond happy," Beets said.

    “It's something that those of us who have been on the council for a while have been involved with,” he added.

  • Floods highlight need for coverage

    Recent flooding in Tennessee underscored a painful truth: flooding is America’s most common natural disaster — and the cost of cleanup and repair is huge.
    Everyone’s property is in danger of flooding to one extent or another. Yet homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover flood damage.
    There is a solution.
    The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers federally backed coverage to property owners and renters in nearly 400 Tennessee communities that participate in the NFIP.