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Today's News

  • The err of entitlement: fans make choices

    When we watch sports, we always want to believe the righteous shall triumph over the corrupt and that good will always conquer evil. We watch in the hopes of watching the teams and athletes whose arrogance is the bane of our existence will get their come-uppance, somewhere, some-how. After all, we like to tell our children that bullies never prosper, right?

    Unfortunately, real sports seldom ever have the feel-good narrative we crave.

  • Official numbers dwindling for Clinch Valley

    By Taylor Crombie
    tcrombie@morgancounty.net

    One of the rarely considered numbers of the game is that it takes a crew of six to officiate a high school football game.

    Ensuring that there are six officials available for each contest has been a challenge recently as the TSSAA has seen the number of registered officials for all sports dwindle over the past few years, prompting a statewide recruiting initiative through radio adverts and asking schools to submit names of potential officials.

  • Yellow Jackets air out the ball

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets shook off some cobwebs Saturday morning at Maryville College. The Jackets participated in the 7 on 7 Pass Perimeter Practice Day hosted by the college.

    To borrow a slightly modified phrase from a famous television and book series, “Fall is coming.” One could almost feel the cool Friday evenings while watching Kingston go through the scrmmages.

    The teams the Yellow Jackets faced were McMinn Central, Karns, and Grainger. This only scratches the surface of the schools who were present for the event.

  • Herbicide halts Rockwood water works

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas temporarily suspended pumping water at its raw water intake after concerns about herbicide sprayed in the area to address aquatic weeds overwhelming the waterways.

    In a statement from Utility General Manager Kim Ramsey, she indicated TVA contractors recently sprayed herbicide in the area of the Rockwood utility’s raw water intake facility.

    “We knew that there was spraying to be completed in the area with a herbicide called Nautique at some point,” she said.

  • Agency stands by firing

    Omni Visions responded to a lawsuit filed by former employee Vickie Davis last week.

    The company said it had legitimate reasons for firing Davis on March 31, 2016.

    “Omni Visions learned on or about March 7, 2016 that the plaintiff (Davis) had photographed a minor’s confidential progress notes, which were stored in the facility’s chart room, and sent a photograph of the confidential records to a co-worker via text message on Sept. 26, 2015, without redacting the child’s name,” the company’s answer to Davis’ lawsuit said.

  • KEEPING COOL
  • Record-low jobless rate a cause for celebration

    Roane County celebrated record-low unemployment with cake and ice cream Monday in an event held at Kingston City Park.

    Statistics recently released by the U.S. Labor Department indicated that Roane County has a jobless rate of 3.4 percent, the lowest recorded level in history.

    Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said the unique statistical event was something that had never occurred before and deserved to be commemorated.

    “Celebrate every victory,” he said.

  • DOWNTOWN STROLL
  • Changes afoot at Harriman’s Riverfront Park

    The farmers market pavilion at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is taking shape, and it won’t be long before farmers will be selling their bounty under it.

    “The farmers market pavilion is coming along well. I believe they will finish it next week. The only thing on it that may be missing is the light fixtures as no one appears to have the type we need in stock so they will have to be ordered. However, once they come in, it will only take a few hours to finish them,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • GLIMPSES: Do we have an identity problem?

    By MARK BANKER

    As a grade-school student, I relished the arrival of The Weekly Reader, a little newspaper that introduced children to current events and public concerns.

    One issue, however, left me puzzled.

    This was the early-1960s, and Appalachia had captured the nation’s attention. Photos and an accompanying story presented an impoverished backward region, where children did not have shoes, strip-mining ravaged the land, and people lived in squalor.