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Today's News

  • Lady Jackets top Scott, 4-1

    For almost 60 minutes, the Scott Lady Highlanders soccer team gave the Kingston Lady Jackets fits, but the Lady Jackets persevered down the stretch to keep their district title hopes alive with a 4-1 win Monday night to advance to the second round of their district tournament. 

  • Governor’s race may be a boost to election turnout

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    About 12,300 Roane Countians voted in the August election. Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he’s hoping for a bigger turnout for the Nov. 2 election.
    “I think the governor’s race always fascinates people,” Holiway said. “They’re very interested in who’s going to lead the state.”
    Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter are vying to become the state’s next governor. Fourteen Independent candidates are also on the ballot.

  • Van Hook ancestry featured in museum

    Preserving history, particularly the family history, was an important part of the life of Stonewall Jackson Van Hook Jr., the former Oliver Springs doctor known by “S.J.”
    “Dad was kind of a family historian,” said Joe Van Hook, Oliver Springs city judge and recorder.
    Now, part of the family history he’s preserved has been donated to the Tennessee State Museum, which is showcasing part of those items in Tennessee: A People’s Legacy, an exhibit paying homage to the residents that contributed to the state’s rich history.

  • Local man a contender in national chef contest

    John Murphy, 23, a Harriman native and current Washington, D.C., resident, advanced to the semifinals in the Sears Chef Challenge and competed alongside three other chefs from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
    Murphy was one of 24 chefs chosen to compete in the Sears Chef Challenge, which strives to discover new chefs while helping food charities.
    He represented Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit agency that works with the homeless, in Washington D.C. Murphy has worked as the assistant director of kitchen operations there for a year.

  • Nice to be a part of Chilean miner rescue effort

    Many of us talk about being proud to be Americans.
    I hope most of us felt that way for our role in helping the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for months, get back to their loved ones.
    In a real-life story of nearly epic proportions, the miners were trapped for 69 days in the copper and gold mine near Santiago.
    Americans were a big part of that rescue through NASA.

  • The triumph of trash over respectful social restraint

    Gentle reader, not for the first time, we call your attention to the French expression “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.”
    This is usually translated as “The more things change, the more they are the same.”
    This truism was brought to mind once again as we have been reading a book detailing the life of Henry Temple, Second Viscount Palmerston, 1739-1802.
    He was the father of the Third Viscount Palmerston, 1784-1865, who was Queen Victoria’s Foreign Secretary for 15 years and twice her Prime Minister.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, not for the first time, we call your attention to the French expression “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.”
    This is usually translated as “The more things change, the more they are the same.”
    This truism was brought to mind once again as we have been reading a book detailing the life of Henry Temple, Second Viscount Palmerston, 1739-1802.
    He was the father of the Third Viscount Palmerston, 1784-1865, who was Queen Victoria’s Foreign Secretary for 15 years and twice her Prime Minister.

  • Plateau Park unraveling?

    In 2007, the Roane County Commission approved the borrowing of $2.5 million to join Cumberland and Morgan counties in an industrial park venture.
    Now infrastructure issues have some officials second guessing the decision.
    After listening to a presentation at the Oct. 18 commission meeting, new commissioner Randy Ellis questioned whether it is wise for Roane County to stay involved in the project.      
    “Do we need to sell what we got, cut our losses and move on?” he asked.

  • Permanent Peace Walk

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: And now you know

    I’m celebrating an important one-year anniversary on Oct. 26. And in a way, many of you regular readers have been a part of it.
    I’ve lost more than 140 pounds since my highest post-thyroid cancer weight, when steroids and other complications left me swollen, stiff-jointed and moon-faced.
    I told you of my cancer then, almost three years ago, because it felt important for me to do so. Cancer is so often whispered about, but by openly talking about it, I felt I was confronting an enemy head on.