Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Corporal Boehner enlists for ‘class warfare’

    The other day, we were visiting with our neighbour, Don Matthews, when he told us of the new name going around for Texas Governor Rick Perry — Governor Scary! That seems an apt appellation if ever there was one.

    However, as has been said. ‘There’s a little bit of bad in the best of us, and there’s a little bit of good in the worst of us.’ And in the case of Gov. Perry that was demonstrated in the recent Florida candidates debate.


    A picture that was put on display in the courtroom at the TVA ash spill trial showed muck from the disaster in the foreground and the Kingston Fossil Plant in the background.

    Plaintiffs attorney Jeff Friedman said the picture was significant because it portrayed the way fossil plant management felt about handling fly ash prior to the spill.

    “The further away you got from the plant, the less management cared?” Friedman asked TVA Inspector General Richard Moore last week.

    “We did find that,” Moore responded.

  • Park View annexation off table for now

    Park View community residents who rebuked Rockwood’s annexation efforts can celebrate.

    This week, Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance to withdraw its pending annexation.

    At Monday’s meeting, Mayor James Watts referred questions as to what brought this change of events to city attorney Elmer Rich.

    The Rockwood City Council had met in executive session with Rich prior to the meeting. Now the issue is on a special-called meeting agenda on Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Greif recognizes holy days

    Maurice Greif celebrated Rosh Hashana at sundown Wednesday.

    Rosh Hashana represents the Day of Creation, the Rockwood resident explained.

    “It’s a happier occasion,” Greif said. According to the Jewish faith, it’s the day God passes judgment on everyone’s past behaviors in the Book of Life.

    “To honor it, the shofar is blown, a trumpet of a ram’s horn, which will blow on judgment day,” he said.

    Greif, 87, quietly celebrated the 5,772nd Jewish New Year by reading his prayer book at sundown.

  • United Way campaign kicks off
  • At dawn's early light

    Often it is said that the early bird catches the worm. Whether it be walking at the fog-engulfed lake or enjoying a warm cup of coffee, there’s much to see and do in the early morning hours.

  • Deer, bear archery season now underway

    Tennessee’s 2011 deer archery-only season opened across the state on Saturday morning, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

    The archery season dates in all deer hunting units are the same. Dates are: Sept. 24 – Oct. 28, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4.

  • James Yelton III disc golf tourney set for Oct. 15

    Roane County Park will be the site of the James Yelton III disc golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 15.

    Registration for the tournament is 9 a.m. with the action starting at 10 a.m.

  • Martin wins Smoky Mountain feature race

    Greg Martin, of Oliver Springs, recently won the Crate Late Model feature race at Smoky Mountain Speedway. 

    Martin led all 25 laps in picking up the victory.

  • District action highlights Friday schedule

    The stretch run of the 2011 season begins Friday night as all five Roane County teams will be in action against district opponents.