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Today's News

  • Lawyer Mike Ritter is reinstated

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter has been reinstated to practice law by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Ritter was temporarily suspended by the court on Jan. 31.

    According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, the suspension stemmed from his failure to respond to the board about a complaint of misconduct.

    Ritter couldn’t be reached on Thursday, but he vehemently denied any wrongdoing when asked about the allegations last month.

  • Civil War plate sales to help preserve Tennessee battlefields

    The official Tennessee Civil War 150th Anniversary license plate is now available for car owners in the state.

    Sponsored by the non-profit partnering organization, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, proceeds from the plate will help preserve Tennessee Civil War battlefields.

    A portion of the funds will go to the home county of each participant to support the Tennessee Civil War Trails program, helping communities fund Civil War Trail signs and provide for their ongoing maintenance.    

  • Hit the road for Thunder Road fun in Rockwood

    Classic car shows, entertainment and pageants are among the attractions for the annual Thunder Road Festival in downtown Rockwood.

    The all-day event will start at 10 a.m. April 2 and include exhibits and crafters.

    Amy Duggar of the hit TV show “19 Kids and Counting” will return to Rockwood as the head-
    line musical entertainment.

    Duggar filmed some of her first music video, “Crazy in Love,” in downtown Rockwood. The song has just been released to mainstream country.

  • Relay roadblock Saturday

    Roane Countians can show their support for Relay for Life teams by donating during the Relay roadblock March 19 at Hwys 27 and 29.

    Roane County’s Relay for Life teams will collect donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Relay for Life, an overnight event, celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost to the disease and provides the community with an opportunity to unite and fight back.

    This year’s event will be April 29-30 at Roane State Community College.

  • Basketry first of Rugby workshops

    Historic Rugby’s spring workshops are sure to chase away the winter blues.

    The Cumberland Plateau museum village, with its unique Victorian architecture, lodging in historic buildings, and wooded, river-gorge setting, is an ideal location for learning experiences.

    The first workshop, Honeysuckle Basketry, is perfect for beginning basket makers.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17.  

  • Senators greet Harriman couple

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, left, and Bob Corker, right, meet with Scott and Carol Wood of Harriman during a recent Tennessee Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building.

    Tennessee Tuesday, hosted by Alexander and Corker, is a weekly constituent breakfast at 9 a.m. each Tuesday.

    It is open to all Tennesseans visiting Washington, D.C.

  • McCroskey earns Mitchell honor

    Less than 15 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets qualify for the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award.

    “It's a long process,” said Lisa McCroskey of Kingston.

    She knows from experience. McCroskey received the award last month during a ceremony in Oak Ridge.  

    “I felt very, very accomplished because it was a long road and a lot of work,” she said.

    McCroskey, 16, is a member of the Civil Air Patrol's Oak Ridge Squadron. She attends Roane County High School.

  • LPN entrance tests slated in Crossville

    Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville has scheduled dates for entrance tests required for 2011 practical nursing programs.

    Applicants should call the center at 931-484-7502, Ext. 128, to register for the Compass test.

    The entrance tests will be given at 9 a.m. March 23, April 4, April 11 and April 12.  

    Pre-registration is required with a $15 nontransferable and nonrefundable fee payable at the time of registration.  Cash, debit or credit cards  are accepted.

  • Scholarships available for business majors

    The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association offers scholarships to encourage students and institutions to promote interest and concentration in the procurement/contract management field.

    Three scholarships will be awarded for the upcoming fall semester. They include a $1,000 scholarship for an entering college freshmen, a $2,000 scholarship for a current college student and a third scholarship of $500 to be awarded in either category.

  • Carson-Newman College dean's list

    Jessica L. Laws of Harriman and Bethany D. Parker of Rockwood were named to the dean’s list at Carson-Newman College for fall semester.

    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must complete at least 12 credit hours of work and maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

    Carson-Newman is in Jefferson City.