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Today's News

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    During World War II, Winston Churchill reportedly observed: “Americans will always do the right thing – after exhausting all the alternatives.”

    Whether the British statesmen uttered those exact words is debatable. But we might all hope that this realistic appraisal will someday be appropriate for our own present chapter in history.

  • LAST DAYS OF FREEDOM
  • WEAR THIS, NOT THAT

    A revised dress code will be in place when students start the 2017-18 school year today – Wednesday.

    “I think people won’t even notice,” Roane County Board of Education Member Larry Brackett said about the changes.

    The board passed the revision in June. The old policy included a paragraph that said principals could take action against a student, volunteer or employee when “in the opinion of” school administration there was a violation of the dress code.

    The “in the opinion of” is no longer in the policy.

  • Police hurt on the job

    Two lawmen with separate municipal police departments have been injured in recent days while working roadway incidents.

    Both men are sergeants with their respective departments.

    Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham was struck while working a wreck on Thursday. Three days later, Kingston Sgt. Jerry Singleton had his left knee fractured when a vehicle fled the scene.

  • Sewer settlement a plus for Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas officials have been waiting to see the remainder of a Front Avenue sewer line project completed after a disagreement between the contractor and engineers arose.

    The project stalled after the elevation of the newly installed sewer did not align with the elevation of the existing sewer to which the new line was to connect, and the parties responsible for the project couldn’t agree who should pay for the mistake.

  • Aim for the sky at OS festival

    Nestled at the foot of Windrock Mountain, the sleepy little town of Oliver Springs has the distinction of being located in part of three counties.

    Often feeling they struggle to be recognized, the town’s Historical Society has been restoring a 1928 garage to house a museum and event center.

    Like “OZ,” Roane County’s “OS” has its own movie, “October Sky.”

  • MTSU expert to meet with heritage group in Oak Ridge

    Lydia Simpson, programs manager for Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation, will speak during the next meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.

    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Heritage and science tourism are extremely important for Oak Ridge. In her job, Simpson manages the department’s public programming and outreach, with particular involvement with CHP digital platform initiatives.

  • Learn about Appalachia in new class

    Roane County News columnist and retired history teacher Mark Banker will offer a course focusing on the Appalachians.

    The course will be each Tuesday beginning Sept. 5 in the old Roane County Courthouse. It is sponsored by the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    “There are three guarantees,” Banker said. “Attendance policy will be lenient; no exams — for you to take and for me to grade!; and at the end of the course, you will know more and think differently about where we live than you do now.”

  • Loudon man faces sex crimes charges

    Brent Dillon Purdy, a 24-year-old Loudon man, turned himself in at the Roane County Jail last week on sex crime charges. He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in June on one count of statutory rape and one count of sexual exploitation by electronic means. The crimes are alleged to have occurred during the summer of 2016.

    Jail records listed Purdy’s address as 505 Highland Ave., Loudon. He’s out of custody on a $20,000 bond while the charges are pending.

  • Join Lions for dinner theater

    “Murder in the End Zone,” a special Harriman Lions Club dinner theater/tailgate party in commemoration of the organization’s 100th anniversary, will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Harriman American Legion Hall at 624 Morgan St.

    Tickets are $40 per person and include a tailgate dinner buffet, dessert bar and interactive murder mystery.

    A silent auction is also planned.

    Tickets may be purchased at The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.