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Today's News

  • Minton impressed by Green Waves in spring scrimmage

    Spring is the time for football teams to start adjusting to their new rosters, for new coaches to learn their roles and for old coaches to figure out what’s next.

    For Midway’s first-year head coach Ryen Minton, Thursday’s scrimmage against Oakdale gave his team a chance to help find it’s identity.

    “I think offensively we had a pretty good plan put together,” Minton said. “It’s kind of the plan we’re going to be running, hopefully, a little more effectively in the season”

  • Midway head coach Ryen Minton embracing new role

    Editor’s note: This story is the second in a five-part series that will dive into all five high school football teams in Roane County.

    In April, it was announced that Midway’s Joe Campbell would be leaving the program to be the new lead man for Loudon.

    One of the coaches who elected to stay with the Green Waves, Ryen Minton, was quickly named his replacement.

    With a little over a month in, Minton said he has had his hands full.

  • Summertime: Go-go-gadget sports section

    Well, sports fans, we’ve made it. Through basketball season, through boy’s soccer season, baseball and softball, too. Not to mention the myriad of other spring sports.

    It’s been a busy spring for us all. I’ve spent most of it getting used to my new position here as sports editor. Have there been some bumps in the road? Of course. Have I made a few people upset? Yeah, but that comes with the territory. I think I’m figuring this whole “sports section” thing out.

  • Roane United Way tweaks community investment process

    Roane County United Way has completed its annual community investment process of awarding funds to organizations that provide services to improve the lives of Roane County citizens.

    Some changes were made to the application process and the focus when awarding candidates this year.

    In the past, United Way’s business model focused on the “direct impact” of the services being provided to improve the lives of individuals and families.

  • Moms-to-be get help with kicking the smoking habit

    The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.

    “We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

    “This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.”

    The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.

  • Bear, Junior Ranger programs at the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a special bear program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30 in Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    Children and adults are welcome to stop by and hear a park ranger describe the habits and mannerisms of black bears.

    Immediately afterward will be a free Junior Ranger program for ages 5-12.

    Participants will complete a Junior Ranger booklet, filled with fun puzzles, mazes, trivia, and information on the park and its variety of resources.

  • AARP smart driver class set June 8-9

    An upcoming eight-hour AARP smart driver class in Roane County offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 8-9 in Harriman United Methodist Church at 601 Queen St.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Lifestar opening base in Rockwood

    The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar Aeromedical Services plans to open a base in Rockwood later in the summer.

    The facility will be at Rockwood Municipal Airport at 258 Rockwood Airport Drive.

    Last month, Lifestar reached an agreement with Air Evac EMS Inc. to assume responsibility for medical operations of Air Evac Lifeteam in Etowah.

    Lifestar also operates a facility in Sweetwater.

    The Rockwood base will be staffed by one of the teams from the Etowah/Sweetwater facilities.

  • GUEST OPINION: A look at the news with freedom’s eye

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The public furor and the televised flames that reached from Ferguson to Baltimore over the last 10 months have faded — for now — from the headlines.

    For some, though, consideration of what happened and how the news of those events was reported remains very much in mind — an aspect of First Amendment freedoms we don’t often consider.

  • GLIMPSES By MARK BANKER: Civil War’s causes – contemporary concerns

    What caused the Civil War?”

    The recent four-year sesquicentennial celebration suggests there is no end to our collective fascination with this question.

    Ever creative explanations for the war churn incessantly from the word processors of scholars and general observers, and debates — as heated as those that led to the original conflict — continue to color our national discourse.