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Today's News

  • Let it snow
  • Everything's just duckie
  • ‘Walking Tall’ constable falls short

    Being a deadbeat dad caught up to Mark Patton.
    The former constable is in the McMinn County jail for failing to pay child support.
    Patton has a daughter by a McMinn County woman.
    He’s being held on a $22,583 cash bond.
    Getting out of child support arrears could be difficult for Patton.
    He indicated he was broke in an affidavit of indigency filed in Roane County Criminal Court in August 2009.
    The affidavit said he was unemployed and receiving $400 a month in food stamps.

  • Driveway washouts irking to Midtowner

    Cynthia Gillow lives in the area of Midtown that has pitted Harriman against Kingston in court and on the ballot for first dibs on annexation.
    But the battle that led the two Roane County municipalities to the state’s highest court on Wednesday is not what’s on the Moses Lane woman’s mind.
    What’s troubling her is problems with her driveway, which she said washes away due to improper drainage along adjacent Hwy. 70 near Midtown Motel.

  • University wise to rethink open records policy

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Let’s begin 2011 on a hopeful note: Texas A&M University officials say they will revisit a recent decision that would have banned journalism instructors from directing students in filing open-records requests about — of all things — Texas A&M policies and practices.
    At Tarleton State University, one of 19 Texas schools and agencies in the A&M state system, journalism instructors have for years taught their students how to file such requests.
    Not surprisingly, Tarleton State students have done that very thing.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, we hope that you had happy and healthy holidays and have entered the New Year with a good attitude and prosperous prospects for this to be a good year.
    As stated in our notes for the last two weeks, we anticipated that several things would happen during the interval since our last opinion column, and sure enough thus it was, so here are some of our thoughts on events of the last month:
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  • Rockwood rolls past Berean

    Defense was the name of the game Tuesday night as the Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers both picked up District 3-A victories at Berean Christian.

  • Lady 'Cats, Green Waves pick up easy wins

    Tuesday night was a good night for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats and Midway Green Waves as both picked up easy victories.

  • Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets battle to split

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Harriman Blue Devils renewed their rivalry Tuesday night at Harriman’s Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium and both schools would come away with a victory.

  • Land donation a substantial gift to Roane

    Some Roane County News readers love Gerald Largen’s column, A View from Lick Skillet.
    Others clearly love to hate it.
    Whatever anyone thinks of Largen’s opinions, any Roane County resident has to appreciate his recent deeds.
    Largen has taken steps to donate his more than 100 acres of rural land on Watts Bar Lake and Bowman Bend Road to the state for public use.