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Today's News

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    By one of those curious coincidences that sometimes somewhat eerily occur, last Friday’s News had our column titled “Are we confronting a new age of ignorance,” while on the same page, in the “Our Readers Write” section, appeared a letter which just dovetailed with our thesis concerning the current plethora of ignorance in the populace at large, and in some elements who claim to know better.

  • New county officers sworn in

    The Circuit Courtroom at the Roane County Courthouse was packed with family, friends, county employees and officials on Wednesday.
    The occasion that brought people out was the swearing-in ceremony for officials who were elected in August.
    “I was sweating all over,” Sheriff Jack Stockton joked. “I didn’t know if (Ron) Woody was swearing me in or if I was swearing him in.”
    Woody, the new county executive, was the first to be sworn in, with Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks doing the honors.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Imagine being a child with no solid footing

    I once worked at a Midwest newspaper with a young woman named Betsy. She was gentle and exceptionally shy for a reporter.
    After I had gotten to know her better, she told me she had grown up in the foster system. Suddenly I understood her unsureness and mannerisms — the way she protectively held her hand in front of her mouth when she spoke.
    We never talked in detail about her life in foster care, but I feel sure some of her experiences were not good ones.

  • McFarland vs. Kirkham — again

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham is livid over a letter sent to her by County Attorney Tom McFarland.
    The letter, dated Sept. 1, said Kirkham is out of line by requesting raises for the five-member County Board of Equalization.
    “Taking actions that may be construed as improperly influencing the Board of Equalization to uphold her reappraisal numbers is improper, if not illegal,” McFarland said.
    Kirkham said McFarland should be ashamed of himself.

  • Horse club organizing

    A Roane County 4-H Horse Club is organizing.
    An informational meeting will start at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 on the third floor of Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.
    The club is open to horse enthusiasts in grades 4-12; meetings are twice a month on Tuesdays.
    Call 376-5558 for details.

  • Rotary guest speakers
  • Give Ridge View a hand on Sept. 11 community day

    Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, is making plans for a “Come Help Refresh Ridge View!” community workday.
    The event will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 11 at the school at 625 Pumphouse Road.
    Lunch will be provided. Call 354-2111 for details.
     

  • Free PSA test offered at RMC blood drive

    The week of Sept. 13 marks a busy week for Volunteer and Gator fans alike.
    It’s the fifth annual blood drive competition in which fans of the University of Tennessee take on fans of the University of Florida.  
    Medic Regional Blood Center encourages all eligible donors and Vol fans to roll up their sleeve and give for the home team.
    A blood drive is planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Oliver Springs Food City.
    Eddie Check, a free PSA blood test for men, coincides with the special event on the last two days of this competition.

  • Armes new pastor at Swan Pond church

    Swan Pond Baptist Church, Harriman, has a new pastor.
    Dennis Armes is from Wartburg. He and his wife, Frankie, have been married for 34 years.
    The Armeses have two daughters and five grandchildren.
    Armes is a graduate of Crown College in Powell. He received his doctorate from Anderson Theological Seminary.
    Swan Pond Baptist Church is at 987 Swan Pond Road.
    Sunday school starts at 10 a.m., with worship service at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Harriman Music Club starting another century