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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Big day for Bowers
  • New monument to be added at Riverfront Park

    Veterans and their loved ones took time out on the Memorial Day weekend to remember those from Roane County who served their country.

    On Saturday, Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park was ablaze with red, white and blue around the War Memorial fountain.

    American Legion Post 53 adjutant Cliff Cole announced the newest plans for expansion.

    “We have started our Korean War Memorial,” said Cole.

    “We have begun the journey. I hope the journey is not as long as it was for Vietnam (War Memorial),” Cole continued.

  • 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.

  • School officials await final budget vote

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes last week updated the school board about two meetings school officials had with the Roane County Budget Committee on the school system’s proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year.

    Other than Aytes’ brief update, not much else was said about the budget during the meeting.

    “I appreciate the budget committee for the County Commission for the effort they’re giving to try to help us out with our budget,” Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said during the meeting.

  • Dual tax rate has cities’ opposition

    A plan to increase the property tax rate more for city residents than those who own property in the county may not pass.

    Under the proposal recommended by the Roane County Budget Committee, city residents will receive a tax hike of 31.5 cents per $100 valuation compared to 28.5 cents for those in the county.