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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Federal lawsuit shows school system failure

    Kind reader, it is with a mixed feeling of sadness and outrage that we write the following, for it concerns mistreatment of a child by the very people whose job it is, and whose professional claim of skill and expertise it is, to take care of children.

    The child, whom we will obviously not identify by name, was a little boy who entered kindergarten in Roane County in 2005.

  • GLIMPSES: Was Civil War a waste? Historian gives his take


    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Harriman man giving away store

    Terry Webb’s auto electric repair shop in Harriman is old-school, for those who remember places like his.

    The decor is accented with pegboard, the combined smell of grease and dust is somehow pleasant, and the guys in the shop get along like family.

    To Webb, they are.

    That’s why, when his fight with cancer leads to what he believes will be its inevitable conclusion, he’s making sure the store will be theirs.

  • Bowers start complicated by widening

    All Roane County Schools are scheduled to open on Monday.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the only place where there might be an issue is Bowers Elementary School because of the widening project on Ruritan Road.

    The project includes new entrances to the Harriman school.

    “We’re a little concerned with the Bowers situation,” Aytes said. “It looks a little rough right now with the road construction, but they assure us they’re going to have us two entrances ready by Monday.”

  • Cotton Morgan memorial service set at Morgan County prison

    A memorial service will be held at the Morgan County Correctional Complex today – Friday – in remembrance of former corrections officer Wayne “Cotton” Morgan.

    He was killed in the parking lot of the Roane County Courthouse on Aug. 9, 2005. Sunday will mark 10 years since his death.

  • Football Jamboree this Saturday in Rockwood

    With Rockwood Middle School set to host a football jamboree on Saturday, Head Coach Scott Harvey doesn’t want to hear any mention of rain.

    “Don’t jinx us with a storm because last year we had to cancel it,” he said. “Right now they’re down there painting the field, so I think we’re on for sure.”

    The event at Rockwood High School will feature middle school teams from Cherokee, Oliver Springs, Midway, Rockwood, Rhea County, Oneida, Spring City, Lake City, Coalfield, Wartburg, Oakdale and Loudon.

  • Space is no concern for KOC football

    Space might not be plentiful, but it’s also not a concern for Kingston Optimist Club football and cheer director Donald Morgan. He’s learned to make it work at Cherokee Middle School, where four teams hold football practice.

    “This is a great community place,” Morgan said. “Everybody lives around here. It’s right here at the school, so everybody knows how to get here.”

    Counting the cheerleaders, Morgan said they have close to 200 participants, which is about what they average each football season.


    Five juveniles had to be removed from Roane Academy after attempting to takeover the facility Monday evening.

    The overnight incident capped a busy weekend searching for youth who escaped the facility.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Rockwood Police Department responded to Monday’s incident.

    “They did cause a big ruckus and try to incite a takeover,” Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.