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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A perfect weekend can last and last

    Summer, going into fall, is my favorite time of year. This year, the transition season seemed to reward me for my loyalty.

    For months, I’d had an outing planned — one that involved a river, the mountains and a tiny town tucked between them.

    I rallied a few friends to come along and then braced myself — knowing full well that when the designated weekend arrived, we would be rained out.

    Even when the forecasts called for perfect weather, I shrugged.

    I knew there would be a hitch.

  • EPA sets details for Knoxville hearing on ash

    Summer, going into fall, is my favorite time of year. This year, the transition season seemed to reward me for my loyalty.

    For months, I’d had an outing planned — one that involved a river, the mountains and a tiny town tucked between them.

    I rallied a few friends to come along and then braced myself — knowing full well that when the designated weekend arrived, we would be rained out.

    Even when the forecasts called for perfect weather, I shrugged.

    I knew there would be a hitch.

  • Stop sign confusion reigns in Rockwood

    It’s been a stop-and-go kind of summer for Rockwood’s Strang Street and Kingston Avenue intersection.

    Stop signs were removed from Kingston Avenue earlier this year to make the crossing a two-way stop on Strang Street and help the flow of traffic.

    The measure was short-lived: Rockwood City Council voted Monday to replace those Kingston Avenue signs and restore the intersection to its former four-way-stop status.

  • Pray to stay: B&B opens in Oliver Springs church

    A beautiful house of worship is getting new life as a different sort of home in Oliver Springs.

    The Windmill Inn, a large bed-and-breakfast, is in what was once the Beech Park Baptist Church.

    A windmill now adorns the front of the building, and plans to remove the church steeple and replace it with a windmill are in the works.

    Inside, the sanctuary has been converted into a large living room and large wood shutters can be shut to block the brilliant rays of light streaming through the stained glass windows.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, as we enter the autumn season, most educational institutions begin a new academic year.

    Although President Obama has initiated efforts to reform our institutions of higher learning from the community colleges to the most prestigious universities, regrettably it is unlikely that the entering freshmen will find his lot substantially improved over that of his older fellows.

    Costs continue to escalate at a totally unreasonable rate, and the value of a degree continues to decline.

  • Rockwood's pain a reflection of tough times

    Rockwood city officials are finding themselves in the unenviable position of possibly raising property taxes, and more probably, water rates in tight times.

    Many government entities are pinching their budgets as grants dry up and state and federal funding is diminished.

    Rockwood has taken pride in its relatively
    low tax rate, but sometimes increases really are necessary.

  • School board's Jago, Nelson now at Level I

    Roane County Board of Education members Rob Jago and Kim Nelson were recently honored for achieving Level I Boardsmanship Awards during Tennessee School Boards Association’s East District fall meeting in Monroe County.

    They were elected to represent Roane County’s District 5/6. Nelson resigned her seat on Aug. 31 due to her election as Roane County circuit court clerk.

    The awards are presented to individual board members who have achieved one of five levels of boardsmanship standards over the past
    year.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from July 16-31:

    From Jimmy Payne and Steve Byerly to State of Tennessee by warranty deed, Dist. 1, State Route 29, $0.

    From Sharon Frankenberg, Christopher Thompson and Jessica Thompson to First National Bank by trustee’s deed, Dist. 3, Lake Awana Valley Resort, Lots 30 and PT31, $185,000.

    From James E. Bondurant Jr., Ghassan Yaldo and Sawsan Yaldo to Farm Credit Services of Mid America and FLCA by trustee’s deed, Dist. 5, Grande Vista Bay East, Lot 208, $0.

  • Kaldenbach awarded ETSU scholarship

    Katrina Kaldenbach of Kingston is among the recipients of East Tennessee State University’s Challenge 2000 Scholarships.

    The $2,000 scholarships are endowed by alumni and friends of the university.

    Kaldenbach recently graduated as salutatorian of Roane County High School.

    She played oboe in the school band, was a color guard and cheerleader, was elected senior class treasurer, and served as chair of the Beta Club’s community service council.

  • Great Pumpkin Patch offering decorations, fun group activities

    Rockwood First Christian Church’s Great Pumpkin Patch will open on Oct. 2 to offer the community a venue for fall-decorating supplies and activities.

    The church’s children and youth ministries will benefit from the sales of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn throughout the month.

    Attractions for groups visiting the Great Pumpkin Patch include pumpkin painting, treats and a children’s story corner. Families are also welcome to bring a camera to take pictures.

    Call 354-1753 to schedule a group visit.