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Today's News

  • Mink ineligible to play for RSCC

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    He’s been splashed across the national news as a senior citizen athlete, but now it appears his time on the court may be fading.

    Ken Mink, 73, joined the Roane State Community College men’s basketball team last fall in hopes of fulfilling his dream of completing his college basketball career.

    As a young man, he first saw his dream go up in smoke when he was kicked from the team after he was accused of a prank on the coach of his Kentucky junior college.

  • Wampler leaving Rockwood parks, rec

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood will be losing its longtime parks and recreation director.

    Robin Wampler, who has served in the role since 2001, has decided to return to his career with Jerry Duncan Ford in downtown Harriman, where he was once employed for 16 years.

    Wampler said his longtime friend, Marty Duncan, will soon take the helm of the dealership.

    “It is something that took a long time for me to decide, because I really like working with the kids,” he said.

  • Convenience wine sales bill could cost jobs

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Art Austin, owner of Cheers of Kingston, isn’t feeling too cheery lately.

    His liquor store stands to lose substantial business as a result of a bill that could allow the sale of wine at food stores.

    Austin knows all too well what that kind of competition can do to a small business. He ran the IGA in Harriman until big stores like Wal-Mart and Food City put him out of buiness.

  • School board won't 'retreat' to Smokies

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Everett Massengill said there will be no out-of-town retreat for the Roane County Board of Education this winter.

    Massengill, the board chairman, said backlash from last year’s retreat is the reason why.

    “People were saying, ‘I can’t believe they didn’t stay in Roane County,’” Massengill said. 

    In February 2008, the board met at the Oak Tree Lodge in Sevierville for a discussion on the proposed building plan.

  • Rockwood High School considers change to block scheduling

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    To deal with ever-changing graduation requirements, high schools are looking at the best ways to accommodate for these changes.

    One solution may be block scheduling, a plan Rockwood High School officials are exploring.

    Principal Alan Reed said he and the Rockwood faculty began looking at block scheduling after learning about the Tennessee Diploma Project. The project has yet to be approved by the state, but Reed wants to be ready.

  • Legislators do it again with butt-crack bill

    The General Assembly is once again hard at work for the good of their constituents.

    What act of brilliance are they taking on now? One that would make it a crime to wear your britches too low.

    Bill sponsor Rep. Joe Towns said he proposed House Bill 2083 in response to complaints from people who think many young people wear their pants too low.

  • Lady Jackets off to hot District 4-AA start

     By GOOSE LINDSAY

     

    Roane Newspapers

     

  • Titans Caravan coming to Roane State

    The Tennessee Titans have announced the schedule for Titans Caravan XII, the first of many events in a year-long celebration of the organization’s 50th season in professional football. This year’s Caravan begins Monday, April 13 and will make a total of 44 stops over a span of nine days.

  • 150 days to football time in Roane County

     By GOOSE LINDSAY

     

    Roane Newspapers

     

  • Sunbright icon's memory will live on

    By Chris Bell

    Special to The News

        In all her years at Lou's CafÈ, Lou Dixon never forgot her customers.

        On Tuesday, her customers and friends made sure Lou knew she would never be forgotten as well.

        Hundreds of mourners gathered at Schubert's Funeral Home of Sunbright Tuesday night to pay their last respects to the Sunbright icon that brought smiles and cheeseburgers to the community for a remarkable 47 years.