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Today's News

  • Sunshine law changes could lead to darkness

    Good morning, Sunshine.
    It may not be on your calendar, but this week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profit, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.
    The national effort for Sunshine Week is spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors.

  • Impressions: Which legislator won’t answer the call?

    Perhaps, our friends in the state legislature are a little busy about right now.
    I’ll grant them that courtesy. After all, their efforts on our behalf in Nashville are critical.
    Still, I have to wonder why a recent call I made as a representative of the newspaper industry to Sen. Ken Yager’s office has gone unanswered.
    I clearly spelled out my name to the friendly staffer, clearly gave my callback number, and clearly explained that I was calling concerning a specific subject — Senate Bill 115.

  • Channel 15 now available online

    Viewers can now watch the new Channel 15 television station online at www.roanestate.edu/channel15.
    The government and education channel, created by Roane State Community College and the city of Harriman, has been on the air since December 2010.
    Programming includes local announcements, public service videos, weather and a number of other programs.
    Comcast cable customers in all of Roane County and parts of Morgan County could view Channel 15.
    With the online service, viewers anywhere in the area, and around the world, can tune in.

  • Harriman changes election schedule

    Harriman City Council approved changing the election date to August of even years to coincide with county elections.
    “If we pass something this summer it won’t take effect on anybody until the 2014 election,” Mayor Chris Mason said.
    That would mean any elected official with a term up in 2013 would have an extended term for 14 months.
    The primary reason to want to change the dates would be the thousands in savings on election costs by doing it the same time as other elections.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 16

    25 Years Ago
    Crude oil prices were down, but Roane Countians didn’t think gas prices went down quickly enough at area stations. Steve Kirkham, executive vice president of Harriman Oil Co., said contributing factors that affect gas prices are delivery location, overhead, volume and increased insurance premiums.

    10 Years Ago
    Walmart celebrated the grand opening of its Supercenter in Rockwood. The 184,501-square-foot store employed about 400 people.

    Five Years Ago

  • 13-year cicadas tuning up for Tennessee debut

    Sometime this spring, when soil temperatures reach about 67 degrees at a depth of 4 inches, large numbers — millions — of cicadas are expected to emerge from the soils of more than one-third of the state’s 95 counties.

    The greatest population concentrations are expected to be in Middle Tennessee.

    Though Roane County is not one of the high-target areas predicted by University of Tennessee Extension, high populations are anticipated for surrounding counties, including Loudon, Meigs, Monroe and McMinn.

  • Go indoors for this year’s Home, Garden Show

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Home and Garden Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 in Roane State Expo Center.

    The date will give vendors more time to get their 2011 ideas and products out earlier than in the past shows.

    The indoors venue will give all who attend a “weather-proof” outing to see the many offerings at the show.  

  • 3 remain in search for new Rockwood utility director

    Rockwood officials will choose between a civil engineer, a Rockwood High School graduate and a retired wastewater operations manager to fill the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas general manager’s position.

    The three candidates — Karen Ruffner, Brian Fowler and Norman Bowman — were selected Monday by Rockwood City Council, who sat as the city’s water, sewer and gas board for the interviews involving six applicants.

  • The Garden Gate: Some weeds are dandy food, and that's no lyin'

    Native Americans for uncounted generations have enjoyed the first wild plants of spring foraging.

    Although the dandelion was first introduced from Europe, many Indian tribes quickly learned to enjoy eating it.

    Dandelions may be eaten in salads or cooked like spinach, which minimizes the slightly bitter taste. (The Iroquois preferred it boiled with meat.)

    Deer love dandelion leaves, and pheasants and grouse like the seeds.

  • Mr & Mrs. Byerly 60th

    Mr. and Mrs. James L. Byerly Sr. will be honored for their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the atrium of Kingston First Baptist Church, where they are members.

    The public is invited to attend the reception. The couple requests no gifts.

    Byerly and the former Virginia Louise Harbin were married on March 17, 1951, at her parents’ house, with the Rev. Bruce Dozier officiating.

    He is retired from Orgill Brothers Inc. in Knoxville, and she is retired from K-25 in Oak Ridge.