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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why can Cuba not be forgiven like all others?

    Well, Gentle Reader, we are awash in potential topics this week on the federal side, without even giving a glancing blow to the warrantable topics on the state and county scene, and there is no way we can cover all, or even the majority of them in this column, so we will just start out with the most irritating and most timely of them and see where we wind up.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s time we return to conservative heritage

    By FLO CHARLES

    With the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and all the turmoil that has surrounded this incident and many more, I felt it was confirmation for me to write about our need return to our conservative principles that have been removed from our school books, leadership and basically most universities.

    Our history is being rewritten in most of our textbooks and our children do not know the heritage of our great nation. Karl Marx said, “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded.”

  • Riverfront gets playground, farmers market on its way

    Visitors to David Webb Riverfront Park will soon be able to enjoy all new playground equipment and shop for their favorite vegetables under the shade of a new farmers market pavilion.

    Prison labor from the Morgan County Correctional Complex started ripping out the old playground equipment at the park this week, and the new equipment may be in place as early as Monday.

    Another new piece will be installed later. On Tuesday, June 20, Harriman City Council approved the purchase of an $8,500 swing that city officials say children will love.

  • Commission considers adding Bournemouth Drive to road list

    Residents on Bournemouth Drive are still waiting for the Roane County Commission to decide if it will add the road to the county road list.

    The Road Committee has already voted to do so, but the Commission must also approve the measure.

    Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said he expected the Commission to vote on it at the June 12 meeting, but there was no vote because the resolution wasn’t on the agenda.

  • Pentecostal Lighthouse uses fireworks to serve

    Sometimes having fun on the Fourth of July and helping others go hand in hand.

    Pentecostal Lighthouse Church has been making that connection for more than 30 years using the proceeds from their Church Fireworks stands in Rockwood and Midtown to benefit those in and around Roane County.

    “The main thing we do is help Crossville Mission Bible Training Camp (CMBTC),” Pentecostal Lighthouse associate pastor Harlan McBride said. “CMBTC is a non-profit based Christian rehab center.

  • Tiger Haven goes to the dogs

    Tiger Haven is no longer home to just a big cat sanctuary. The facility in East Roane County is also operating a dog rescue called K9 Lifeline Rescue.

    “If y’all don’t want me to do it, I will stop,” operator Mary Lynn Haven told the Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday. “It’s just as simple as that.”

  • RPD confiscates $1,000 in meth

    Methamphetamine valued at $1,000 was seized during a traffic stop in Rockwood on June 16.

    The driver of the vehicle, John Allen Ashbaugh, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and simple possession or casual exchange.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes observed a vehicle driving erratically on North Gateway Avenue.

  • American Icon

    They say follow your passion.

    One Kingston man is doing just that, morphing his love of searching for the perfect collectible into a vintage clothing resale business that recently caught the attention of a leading international fashion magazine.

    Jonathon Galyon started sifting through thrift store and yard sale finds as a child, dreaming of finding an elusive and valuable baseball card or comic book and hearing stories of someone finding that once-in-a-lifetime rare item.

  • County teams use summer to rebuild

    Rebuilding is a part of sports everyone must deal with at one time or another. Whether the choices made pay off down the line won’t be apparent until time passes. Those choices can work out in a team’s favor or they can work against it.

    It would apear this is a prospect that the Cherokee Lady Yellow Jackets and the Harriman Lady Blue Devils are facing this year. According to the teams’ respective coaches, the summer will be a good time to get the younger, inexperienced players some much needed playing time which should lead to a better sense of the game.

  • Kingston’s season ended by Harriman big inning

    The Harriman All-Stars ended the Kingston All-Stars’ season, 15-3, on the strength of a 10-run third inning Saturday evening in Spring City during the Dixie Youth League’s District 8 double-elimination AA sub-district tournament.

    “You hate for the season to end,” Kingston Coach Athony Lane said, “but it is what is. You try to prepare as much as you can, but once the kids step on the field it’s their time to do what they’ve been taught to do, so they take the responsibility on at those times.