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Today's News

  • Utilities controversy holding on

    Rockwood officials may have thought the tumult in recent months over ongoing changes at the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board were over now that former manager Rod King has vacated his position.

    They thought wrong.

    Since then there has been a police report filed naming a number of utility employees, and it appears not everyone is happy assistant manager Willard Mead was named interim manager.

  • Jackets end season at CAK

    Much like their first encounter, the Kingston Yellow Jackets hung tough with the Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors, but the Warriors pulled away in the second half to score a 34-6 win, ending the Yellow Jackets season. 

  • Raiders set for season

    Roane State Community College men’s basketball coach Randy Nesbit has high expectations for his 2010-11 team. 

    “We want to be in the hunt for the league title, which we were last year,” said Nesbit, whose team finished 17-10 last season.

  • Turnovers lead to Harriman's demise

    The Harriman Blue Devils had their opportunities Friday night to upset No. 6 ranked Copper Basin in the first round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs, but a pair of red zone fumbles that turned into long TD returns for the Cougars led to the Blue Devils season coming to an end following a 32-13 loss.

    Harriman would hold a 7-0 lead after one period of play.

  • Oliver Springs downs Rockwood in playoff opener, 26-14

    Playoff football is usually about running the football and playing solid defense.

    Oliver Springs (7-4) excelled in both of those areas Friday night and the result was a 26-14 victory at Rockwood (7-4) in the first round of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs.

    “We told our team all week this game would be won by the did that had the most yards rushing,” Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett said. “Our offensive linemen showed up with a chip on their shoulder and we challenged our linemen and backs to run hard between the tackles.”

  • YOU are a winner if you went to the polls and voted

    Did you vote?
    Kudos if you did.
    Whether your candidates were successful or every one of them was beat, you deserve credit for participating in the Democratic process.
    A democracy will quickly unravel if its citizens give  up their freedoms — and their obligations to participate in the selection of their government.
    Voters are the biggest freedom fighters of all.
     

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Last week we told you of the infamous Citizens United Supreme Court opinion which upheld the theory that spending money is the equivalent of speech, and that corporations have the same rights as real live human beings insofar as the First Amendment is concerned.
    We demonstrated that both concepts are foolish and without foundation in history, language, or law.
    We concluded with the promise to conclude on this topic this week, so there follows part two of our consideration of this matter:

  • Cross-country walker seeks to help vets

    On Sept. 16, John Ulstrom decided to take a walk.
    It would eventually lead him from his home in Desdemona, Texas, to Washington, D.C.
    Ulstrom, 63, passed through Roane County earlier this week while walking on the side of Hwy. 70, sporting his orange safety vest.
    He is walking for the nonprofit organization Our Forgotten Warriors to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder and its impact on American veterans and soldiers reintegrating into society after service.

  • Tamke-Allan Observatory hosts public event Saturday

    Tamke-Allan Observatory invites people interested in astronomy to visit the observatory at 7 p.m.  on Saturday Nov. 6 for an evening of celestial observing.
    Astronomy students will be grilling and selling food/drinks to buy components for our planned mobile solar observatory, a well-equipped trailer that can be pulled to schools and stargazes to support observing and lectures.
    Optical and radio telescopes and mobile lecture facilities will be included.

  • St. Andrew's to mark All Saints' Day

    All Saints’ Day will be celebrated beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman.

    The Rev. Joseph Pinner will be in charge.

    “All Saints’ Day is kind of like a Christian Memorial Day or Presidents’ Day,” Pinner said. “It is a day to celebrate both the lives of the great heroes of the Christian faith as well as to honor all those who have died and gone before us into the presence of the Lord.”