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Today's News

  • Once we elect them, we have to help them do their jobs

    We’re sure to have some new officials after Election Day, as well as some incumbents.
    We hope these people will stand by their promises of better, more responsive government, but our role as citizens doesn’t end at the ballot box.
    We must put forth the effort to let our officials know what our priorities are before we criticize.
    We must make an effort to keep up with the issues in our community, and it never hurts to attend a government meeting or two, just to get an idea of what goes on.
    Democracy is a two-way street.

  • Scrutiny can make insurance change work

    The state of Tennessee is planning on increasing its scrutiny of health insurance rate hikes.
    It is getting a $1 million U.S. Health and Human Resources grant to aid the effort.
    On the whole, we think this can be money well spent. So do a number of consumer-advocate groups, including the Tennessee Health Care Campaign.
    Until recently, rate-hike proposals on group policies in Tennessee didn’t have to be submitted to a state agency for approval.

  • Let's praise those who are willing to serve

    This is a difficult time of transition for people in public office.
    The elections are over, and those who failed in their bids for re-election are still in office until September.
    It has to be tough.
    But despite the outcome of the elections, we believe these officials should hold their heads up for the work they have done for the community.
    We know each and every one of them have contributed in the community in some way.
    They have attended meetings and attempted to sort out the complex business of running a county in many important ways.

  • OSMS tops Harriman in season opener, 20-6

    Picking up a win at Harriman Middle School is never an easy thing to do, but that’s just what the Oliver Springs Bobcats did Thursday night as Larry Green’s squad picked up a 20-6 victory over the Blue Devils in the season opener for both teams.

  • Cherokee romps Norwood, 40-0

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets turned in a dominating 40-0 victory over the Norwood Jaguars Thursday night. 

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  • RMS downs Midway, 42-8


    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers opened the 2010 season with a rousing 42-8 win over Midway Thursday night in Rockwood.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Civilogues unite! We can make a difference

    A lot of colorful linguistic hybrids — portanteaus, if we must get technical about these accordion phrases — have emerged in recent times. Some that have been difficult to escape are:

    • Staycation: Vacationing close to home because travel is expensive in tough economic times.

    • Frenemy: A friend, partner or ally who is also a competitor or rival.

    • Brangelina: I don’t even want to go there on this one.

    I came across a new hybrid recently that I have readily embraced: civilogue.

  • Rockwood police find pipe bombs in home

    A Rockwood man is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court next month on bomb-making charges.

    Brian Bashaw, 45, was arrested on Aug. 8 after police went to his home at 324 S. Chamberlain Ave. to serve him with a vandalism warrant.

    There, police said, they discovered five pipe bombs.

  • Officials take steps to fix stairs

    The courthouse steps aren’t always the easiest to get up and down.
    Slips and falls have happened from time to time.
    Officials recognize the danger, which is why they plan to have the steps remodeled.  

    “It’s going to be over Labor Day weekend because they need the extra time for the courthouse to be closed to complete this project,” said Roane County safety officer Scott Stout. “They basically will be taking off all the tile, reforming the steps.”