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Today's News

  • Raiderettes fall to Columbia State

    The Roane State Raiderettes couldn’t find their swing as they lost a doubleheader to Columbia State. Roane State was unable to get the bats going at all in the first game as they lost the contest 9-0 and the game ended early, as the run-rule came in to effect after the fifth.

    The first inning showed some offense for Columbia State, as they were able to pull out three quick runs to jump ahead early. The Raiderettes got two runners into scoring position in the bottom of the first but were unable to pull any runs out of it to end the first.

  • Easter Egg Hunts 2015
  • Chicks, ducklings not wise gift choice

    Those Easter baskets are often filled with candy and colorful eggs.

    However, there is one type of gift to avoid during the holiday — baby chicks and ducklings.

    The Centers for Disease Control reports live poultry commonly carry Salmonella germs.

    When humans handle the birds, the bacteria can spread. Exposure to Salmonella commonly causes extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal.

  • Tennesseans’ prices at pump little affected by Middle East

    Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Libya caused oil prices to briefly spike last week, but Tennesseans saw little difference in prices at the pump.

    Florida gas prices, however, responded in kind.

    “The increase in oil came at a time when gasoline supplies in Florida are already tight,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • Extension work starts at young age

    By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers

    Head, heart, hands and health.

    These are the four “H’s” in 4-H, a youth development program offered through the University of Tennessee Extension offices in all 95 counties.

    There are many ways that 4-H impacts youth in Roane County, including in-school clubs and project groups.

  • 2.1 tons hauled from lake in last year’s cleanup

    Twenty-four volunteers pulled 2.1 tons of bottles, cans, tires and miscellaneous debris from Watts Bar Lake during last year’s River Rescue shoreline cleanup.

    Watts Bar Lake Association, Ijams Nature Center and TVA will have this year’s event, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 11.

    “We’d love to see as many people as possible to join us,” said Peter Giroux of Watts Bar Lake Association.

    Gloves, trash bags and grabbers will be furnished.

  • AARP driver safety course set

    A two-day AARP driver safety course is planned for later this month.

    The class will be from noon to 4 p.m. April 23-24 in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    It will be taught by Diana Davis.

    Call Jim Norton at 233-3442 to register or for more about this and other driver safety courses in the area.

  • New Roane United Way board of directors

    Roane County United Way board of directors honor Bill Rhyne, center, for his service to the agency during the agency’s 2015 annual meeting at Roane County Park.

    Board members are, from left, Teresa Kirkham, James Doyle, Pat Baldwin, Suzanne Horsfall, Dana Peterka, Rhyne, Deb Schenk, Jan Hashmi, Susan Howell, Sharon Kohler, Deb Sumner and Scott Mason.

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in April.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of April 5 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge in Kingston.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Sometimes you got to think before you do it’

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Who would have thought that star Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis could also throw a pretty good First Amendment “conceptual fastball” over the plate?

    Bloomsburg University sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry, the team’s second-leading hitter this season, was tossed off the team by the public university for a tweet in which he called the 13-year-old Mo’ne a “slut” after reading that Disney was making a film about her Little League World Series experience.

    The tweet went “viral” and Casselberry was reprimanded, later apologizing profusely.