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Today's News

  • Musical expression taught at theater camp

    Morrison Hill Christian Church’s weeklong musical theater camp took place earlier this month.

    The play “Make It Loud” was put together by the children’s ministries director Adrienne Schaffer.

    “They are learning the songs, script and the meaning behind the play.” Schaffer said. “Not to be ashamed of telling other people about Jesus.”

    The campers come in not knowing anything and are able to perform at the end of the week in front of their friends and family.

  • Paving in Rockwood budget for 2015-16

    Rockwood’s 2015-16 city budget includes $125,000 for paving.

    The City Council approved the budget on first reading Thursday.

    Part of the paving is offset by $35,785 in disaster relief the city received last fiscal year.

    Paving itself is one reason why Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller wanted to get moving on the budget. He said the city could be cut in on a deal Roane County Road Department got on paving and get asphalt for much cheaper than if they went out later. The Road Department is using Rogers Group.

  • Tennessee tops in making cars

    Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and education according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

    In the magazine’s 11th Annual Rankings Report, Tennessee also received accolades in the following categories.

    • No. 2 Best Business Climate

    • No. 2 Best Infrastructure

    • No. 4 Workforce Training Leaders

    • No. 7 Automotive Employment Leaders

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Where Trump’s right, and Huckabee’s wrong

    Never let it be said that the old curmudgeon does not possess a vivid imagination, but in the boldest exercise of that imagination, he must confess, he would never have imagined that he would ever rise to defend a statement of Donald Trump, but, gentle reader, today is the day when that inconceivable event becomes reality.

  • EAST TENNESSEE ANGLERS READY FOR FORREST WOOD CUP

    The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Ouachita and the Hot Springs, Arkansas, area August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015. Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

  • Future basketball stars in the making

    By JAMIE SITZLER

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A retired women’s professional basketball player shared her skills with Roane County youth last week.

    Carolyn Bush Roddy, a Roane County High School basketball standout, played professionally and internationally, and she now takes those skills and gives them to others.

    “I wanted to give back to the community,” Carolyn Bush Roddy said.

    She recently held a camp at Roane State Community College, and eight campers participated.

  • A mammoth-sized catfish caught on WBL

    From staff reports

    An unbelievable fish story and possible new state record happened on the local waters of Watts Bar Lake for a 16-year-old Kingston fisherman.

    Troy Powers reeled in what was guessed to be a near 100 pound Flathead Catfish. It bottomed out a 50 pound scale and when Powers held up his catch against his 5 foot 9 inch frame, the fish’s tail still touched the bottom of the boat. Powers caught the mammoth catfish over the Memorial Day weekend with his father, Mike Powers and neighbor, Derrick Stafford.

  • Greenwaves excited to put on pads

    Midway High School opens its 2015 football season on Aug. 20 at Rockwood.

    In addition to fundamentals such as tackling and blocking, first-year head coach Ryen Minton will be focused on keeping players healthy this preseason. With a roster of only about 30 players, he doesn’t have much of a choice.

    “That’s the part of this job that’s very difficult,” Minton said, “getting them ready to play and not injuring them in the process.”

  • GUEST OPINION: Some thoughts to make the president better

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

    The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

    The president is now the chief — and sometimes the sole — actor in American government.

  • Check out this once in a blue moon sky July 31

    In celebration of the National Park Service’s upcoming centennial in 2016, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will host a rare event on July 31 that will feature the blue moon gracing the night sky and giving visitors their last chance to observe this celestial phenomenon for nearly three years.

    The free evening program will begin at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking area at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10 p.m.