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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Why it matters to let creeps have their say

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    Nothing does more to erode public support for the First Amendment than public stunts deliberately designed to offend people of faith.

    Think Fred Phelps and his minions waving hateful signs outside churches during military funerals. Or Terry Jones shouting, “Islam is of the Devil,” and setting fire to the Quran.

  • GLIMPSES: About THOSE liberals

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity.

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Waterfowl seasons set

     

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission passed an amended proclamation that sets a split statewide waterfowl season for 2014-15.

    The action came at the commission’s August meeting which concluded Friday afternoon at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.

  • Lady Tigers pick up four wins in tourney

     

    The Rockwood Lady soccer team had a busy three days starting Thursday playing four games during that span at the 2014 Berean Christian Blood:Water Invitational at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville.

    The long weekend proved fruitful for Wes Ford’s squad, as the Lady Tigers went 4-0 to run their season mark to 6-1.

  • Rockwood water, sewer rates going up

    Rockwood water and sewer customers will feel a bigger pinch in their wallets.

    Rockwood City Council approved, on 5-2 vote, the second and final reading of a request from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas to hike sewer rates from 150 percent to 160 percent of the total water bill.

    “I think you need to think twice on this,” said Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis, who approached Council about the matter.

  • Public defender now in Kingston

    The 9th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office has moved from Harriman to Kingston.

    “It’s just more convenient — and it makes more sense to have it closer to the courthouse,” Public Defender Kim Nelson said.

    The new address is at 1013 Brentwood Way, Kingston. The new phone number is 376-4040.

    Nelson starts her eight-year term as public defender today – Monday.

    She was unopposed in the Aug. 7 election following the death of long-time public defender Joe Walker.

  • United Way sets $400,000 campaign goal this year

    Roane County United Way kicked off this year’s fundraising drive with a breakfast bash at Michael Dunn Center and recognizing some of the many partners the organization works with.

    This year’s fundraising goal is $400,000, and the campaign is until the end of November.

    “Roane County United Way takes the guessing out of giving,” director Dina Jackson told a roomful of people Thursday morning.

  • Brrrrrr ... Blue Bell stocks ice cream to the rafters in massive freezer

    The biggest part of Blue Bell Creameries Roane County expansion is its massive freezer.

    Company officials said that part of the building is around 10,000 square feet.

    “As you can see, we have ice cream that runs all the way up to the rafters,” said Chad Staten, Blue Bell’s branch manager in Nashville.

    Staten and other Blue Bell officials were in town last month to celebrate completion of the company’s new branch distribution center in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • On first day of third term, sheriff says he’ll run again

    The opponent was different this year, but the result was the same for Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    He will start his third four-year term today – Monday – after another decisive election victory.

    “It’s an honor to serve as sheriff of this county,” Stockton said. “I hope to serve this four years the same way I served the last two terms.”

  • Midtown Elementary takes on bullying

    Midtown Elementary School is tackling the bullying issue using a well-known national program.

    They’ve implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which was developed by Dan Olweus.

    “We want the community to be aware we are doing something about bullying,” said principal Kim Inman.

    On Thursday, Sept. 4, parents will be introduced to the Olweus program, and the families will experience some of the same activities their children will take on the next day during school hours.