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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Remembering Nellie Alkire Ward, Part One

    As we promised last week, we begin the portion of our recollections of “characters” related to those of the female persuasion, and as we indicated then, we choose to begin this part of the series with Mrs. R. H. Ward, nee Nelle Alkire. Mrs. Ward’s story will require more space than we have available in a single column, so the following is Part One, to be followed by one or more parts in subsequent issues.
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  • Aytes: Thursday school closing based on snow in forecast

    A chance of snow in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday is the reason Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes cited for closing school on Thursday.

    "I believe we would have gone without the additional snow," he said Wednesday afternoon.

    Aytes said the decision was based on the forecast, not what he was seeing on the weather radar.

    "I don't think there's any way we can avoid it," he added.

  • Roane State softball team ready to shine

    Roane State Community College’s softball team is ready to vie for a place in the conference’s upper echelon, head coach Sue Niemi said.

    “The girls’ goal is to win the conference,” Niemi said. “They want to put themselves in that situation.”

    The Raiders have 10 second-year players with veterans in the infield, outfield and on the pitching staff.

  • Oliver Springs girls win Region 2-A opener

    Throughout the season, Jasmine Harris has been one of the main reasons for Tellico Plains’ success.

    Monday night, in the first round of the Region 2-A Tournament, Harris’ play proved not enough as Oliver Springs picked up the win, 72-56.

    “She’s a great penetrator and slasher, she just kind of slithers through,” Oliver Springs head coach Michelle Christopher said of Harris.

  • You can’t make this stuff up, and, well, you shouldn’t

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    You can’t make this kind of thing up.

    On the very day America’s top real news anchor gets suspended for telling fake news, the nation’s leading anchor of a mock news program tells us he’s leaving his job — really.

    Brian Williams got tossed Tuesday from “NBC Nightly News” for six months without pay for misstating the facts about facing enemy fire in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003.

  • Dick Hettrick and his legacies of good work

    By MARK T. BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Big South Fork offers access to cemeteries

    The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on May 16-17 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.

    This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and inside the park boundary.

    Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Make a pledge to save this week

    What are you saving for?

    Whether it’s a new house, new car, retirement or a child’s college education, organizations from across the state want Tennesseans to take the pledge this week.

    Feb. 23-27 is America Saves Week, a national event designed to encourage savings on any level.

    A number of organizations want Tennesseans to take a moment to think about savings goals and then take the pledge to make it happen.

    Saving is important. Even small amounts put back can yield major accumulation, if done consistent-ly.

  • Pre-K among issues United Ways to lobby for during Day on the Hill

    United Ways of Tennessee, the association of 38 United Ways in the state, gathers today — Wednesday — for its Day on the Hill to support preservation of funding for Pre-K classrooms, K-12 standards and federal funding for afterschool programming.

    Advocates plan to attend a training session and awards ceremony in the House Chamber, followed by visits with their legislators.

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in March.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of March 8 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge in Kingston.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.