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Today's News

  • Midway coaching search continues

    It’s been more than two weeks since Joe Campbell announced his intentions to leave his job with the Midway football team to take over the head coaching duties of Loudon High School.

    Since that time, Midway High School athletic director and principal Scott Mason has been busy trying to find the next head coach.

    “It’s going to have to happen in the next week or so,” Mason said on selecting a new coach. “We’ve already got assistant coaches in place.”

  • Former Coalfield, Oliver Springs athlete Walls memorialized

    On April 30, 2012 the communities of Oliver Springs and Coalfield, for once, put down their arms to comfort each other after the passing of 17-year-old Brady Walls.

    Nearly three years later, the two communities once again came together to honor Walls, by renaming a bridge on the road linking the two towns the Aaron Brady Walls Memorial Bridge.

  • Divorce on hold for gay marriage ruling

    A resolution in Roane County’s same-sex divorce case is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage.

    Oral arguments are scheduled for April 28, and a ruling from the high court could come in late spring or early summer.

    The decision will impact the Roane County case, in which Frederick Michael Borman is seeking a divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman.

    In 2010, the two Roane County residents were married in Iowa.

  • Plateau Park said to be site for solar panels

    A new 1-megawatt solar array in Oak Ridge is just the start for a busy partnership who also plan to eventually locate one of the large solar arrays at other sites, including Plateau Partnership Park.

    Plateau Partnership Park is an economic development partnership between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.

    “This project represents an exciting partnership between leaders in the Tennessee solar industry,” said Carlos Mayer, president and CEO of Vis Solis Inc., a company that has partnered with Restoration Services Inc.

  • You're a grand ol' flag

    Third-grader Will Letner shows his enthusiastic patriotism during Midway Elementary School’s “Let’s Sing, America!” program last week.

    The school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders presented the concert of red, white and blue favorites, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless the U.S.A.” and “The Spirit of America.”

  • Body cameras now part of Kingston PD uniform

    The Kingston Police Department has joined the growing list of agencies to outfit officers with body cameras.

    “It’s not that we don’t trust the officers, but with all these things going on nationwide, it was just a matter of time,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Several high-profile incidents involving police nationally is driving the body camera movement among law-enforcement agencies.

  • Tract that once was Houstons’ sold off

    The thought of holding onto land that once belonged to brothers Rocky and Leon Houston didn’t go over well with Roane County Habitat for Humanity.

    “It made us a bit uncomfortable,” Vice President Jim Smith said.

    Cleveland attorney James Logan donated two Houston tracts to Habitat as a gift in 2012.

    Habitat sold one of the tracts in February to Estel and Bonnie Ridge for $30,000.

    “We found some local folks that wanted to buy it, so we thought that was a good arrangement,” Smith said.

  • CVMR taking résumés

    CVMR, the advanced materials company that last month announced it is moving its international headquarters to the Horizon Center in Roane County, is now accepting résumés.

    It has not, however, specified what jobs it is seeking to fill.

    To submit a résumé, send it to hr@cvmr.ca

  • Lots of Seusstastic fun

    Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Oliver Springs, recently had a Seusstastic math and literacy fun night.

    During one of the math sessions students made towers with different math patterns.

    Other fun activities included a book walk (very much like the traditional non-Seussified cake walk) and a “Hop on Pop” trampoline station.

  • Off the Cuff: Scammers still at it; remember, IRS won’t call

    Wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if some of these brilliant folks used their powers for good?

    Our thieving “friends” working the phones overtime are at it again — lying and conniving to cheat hard-working people out of their money by evoking the name “IRS.”

    I can’t stress it enough: Friends, the IRS will never call nor email you about taxes or penalties you may owe.

    If the caller says he or she is with the IRS, it’s a bald-faced lie. Do NOT believe it.