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Today's News

  • Support teachers and their rights – for your own good

    We are GRAVELY concerned about efforts under way at the state legislature to snuff out collective bargaining among Tennessee teachers.
    Some would call this a pay issue, and, of course, it is to some extent.
    But it is much, much more than that — and the outcome can have disturbing repercussions in every community in our state.
    Anyone who remembers the days before collective bargaining knows that teacher hiring was largely politicized and nepotism ran rampant in school systems.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Decisions, decisions.We face them with every breath we take.
    Sometimes, they’re no brainers … we breathe in, and we breathe out. The most wonderful wife in the world has to remind her wayward husband to do it every now and again.
    At least that’s what she says when I do something stupid that gets on her nerves. Needless to say, I comply with pretty much everything she says because I know she knows what’s best for me.

  • Fishing around
  • Laid-off ambulance worker speaks out

    Jack Jinks’ first assignment was overseeing the Roane County Office of Emergency Services.
    Now County Executive Ron Woody has him doing the same at the ambulance department.
    “We’re starting a little bit more hands-on management at the ambulance department because of some of the issues,” Woody said.
    The ambulance department was a hot topic at the Feb. 14 commission meeting. Woody assigned Jinks to the department the next day.    

  • County vehicle burns

    A Roane County ambulance was one of the vehicles that got destroyed in last week’s fire at Turpin Auto in Harriman.
    “It was our backup ambulance,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.
    Woody said the loss shouldn’t disrupt service.
    He said the county has five ambulances that run 24 hours a day and one that runs 10 hours a day.
    “If we were to have one to go out, the ambulance that just runs 10 hours a day would become a 24-hour ambulance,” he said.

  • Avery Elise Fritz

    Avery Elise Fritz of Kingston celebrated her eighth birthday on Feb. 1 with family and friends at Roane County Skating Center in Rockwood.

    She is the daughter of Matt and Angie Thomas Fritz of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Jim and Becky Moates Thomas of Kingston, and Ernest and Cynthia Fritz of Harrison.

    Great-grandmothers are Madeline Moates of Rockwood and Betty Pratt of Urbana, Ohio.

    Avery has a 5-year-old sister, Braxton Olivia.

  • Give blood next week at drives in Harriman

    How does one become a member of Medic Regional Blood Center?

    It’s easy: those who have donated blood within the last year are automatically Medic members.

    Being a member of Medic protects both donors and their IRS dependents. One blood donation a year exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood-collection or blood-processing fees anywhere in the U.S. if a transfusion is needed.

    This benefit can save a family thousands of dollars.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Johnny E. Brown, public intoxication Oct. 26, 2009. Dismissed June 21, cost to state.

    Jason A. Goins, theft over $1,000 Oct. 9, 2009. Dismissed June 21, cost to state.

    Dennis D. Plemons Jr., DUI Nov. 20, 2009. Guilty plea June 21, convicted.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Dunbar

    Meredith Michelle Potts and Samuel Cuyler Dunbar were married on Dec. 11 in St. Paul Community Church, Nashville.

    The Rev. Jack Carver of Gallatin officiated during the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Jeannie Potts of Memphis. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Garland Brinson of Burleson, Texas, and Louise Potts of Jackson GA.

    The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Cuyler Dunbar of Conover N.C. He is the grandson of Verdell Martin of Conover.

    Wedding musicians were organist Trudy Bain and acoustic guitarist Garrett Glass of Port Murray, N.J.

  • Amayah Neely Hall

    Amayah Neely Hall was born at 8:52 p.m. Jan. 6 in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    She weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Nicole Hall of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Roseanna and Andy Williams of Harriman and Stefani and David Hall Jr. of Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents are Betty Smith of Harriman, Sue and David Hall Sr. of Rockwood, Sharron and John Johnson of Rockwood, the late Faye Hall and the late Charles Smith.