Today's News

  • GUEST OPINIONG: Judge’s Facebook ruling flawed

    First Amendment Center
    I “like” the First Amendment.

    And Bruce Springsteen. And the Chicago White Sox.

    In fact, you’ll find my “likes” on Facebook pages devoted to news, sports and music.

    All along, I’ve believed I was sharing my positive opinion of the people and organizations behind these pages. But now comes a federal court saying that clicking on the “like” button is not free speech after all.

  • Once again, suicide plays out in the news

    In one of these columns some months ago, we explained why the suicide of a local woman was not mentioned — outside of a simple obituary — in this newspaper.

    In contrast, last week a case of suicide was splashed prominently across the top of the front page of our June 1 edition.

    Why the difference?

    The suicide of J.T. Woods was big news for a number of reasons.

    Primarily, it was news because Woods was a public figure, a man running for the office of property assessor.

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  • Area soil district secretary charged with stealing more than $53,000

    An administrative secretary used a variety of schemes to steal at least $53,412.78 from the Morgan County Soil Conservation District, an investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit has revealed.

    The administrative secretary, Sharlene Justice, forged signatures of the district board’s chairman on checks and timesheets dating back at least to 2008.

    The administrative secretary wrote checks to herself and to family members.

  • Narramore's chasing down a dream

    Not many people get a chance to play sports for a living, but Kingston’s Chas Narramore is making a living playing golf as the former Yellow Jacket great is working his way through the ranks in his fourth season as a professional, currently playing in the National Golf Association’s (NGA) Hooters Tour.

  • Deputy’s convicted killer up for parole

    From staff reports
    The man sitting in prison for the 1983 shooting death of a Roane County sheriff’s deputy is up for parole this month.
    Facebook postings linking to Deputy Dennis Armes’ Officer Down Memorial web page have been circulating, asking people to write letters appealing to the state’s parole board to deny parole for Frank McCall.
    The letter said McCall has already been denied parole on at least two previous occasions.
    His latest hearing is set for Monday, June 25.

  • Ex-co-worker tried to stop shooting

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said J.T. Woods had a conversation with former co-worker Lisa Billings before shooting himself at Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham’s house last Thursday.

    “He was just telling her he had messed up, and it was time for him to end it,” Washam said. “She was trying to talk him out of it.”

    Washam said Woods eventually asked Billings, who works for Kirkham in the assessor’s office, to help him count down.

  • U.S. Senate hopeful Overall: ‘This is an opportunity’

    One thing U.S. Senate candidate Park Overall doesn’t lack is a sense of humor.

    Her funny bone sparked several loud outbursts of laughter during a meet-and-greet at the Roane County Democratic Party headquarters in Kingston last week.

    “I’ve got a good one for guns,” she said. “I’m for all guns — as long as they were made at the same time as the amendment.”

    Another outburst of laughter came when someone in the crowd asked Overall if she had ever slashed any tires.

  • Free summer camp open to area children

    Looking for a cheap way to give children a fun experience this summer?

    The Salvation Army has a summer camp experience for children that doesn’t cost a thing.

    Parents in Roane and Morgan counties have until 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, to fill out an application for their child to attend the free summer camp the week of July 2-6.

    The camp is for children ages 7-12.

    Camp Paradise at Dale Hollow Lake is on 400 acres of woodland on the lake near the Kentucky and Tennessee state lines.

  • Miss Polk Salad having fun reign

    The last few weeks have been “fun and exciting” for Kassie Perkins.

    Since winning the Miss Polk Salad pageant on May 12, she’s got to pick out a new dress, participate in Harriman’s Memorial Day Weekend parade and meet a lot of new people.  

    “I knew there was a lot of community involvement with winning the pageant, and I like being a role model for younger people,” she said. “They see so much that’s not good on TV, and I think it’s important that they see a good role model.”