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Today's News

  • Store has beef with shoplifter

    Another person has been accused of trying to steal steaks from IGA in Rockwood.

    This time it was rib eye instead of filet mignon.

    According to a Rockwood police report, the store’s assistant manager allegedly saw Christina Marie Evans and an unidentified person stuff five rib-eye steaks into her purse.

    Evans was confronted by the store’s manager when she tried to leave.

  • Kingston man struck on motorcycle

    DAMON LAWRENCE/Roane Newspapers
    Kingston police on Wednesday deal with the aftermath of an accident in which a turning SUV struck a man on a motorcycle near the Sonic Drive-In on Kentucky Street.  Officer Bo Smith, right, said the 17-year-old driver of the SUV was turning into the parking lot and didn’t see the motorcycle, which was driven by 18-year-old Branton Underwood of Kingston. He was treated at the scene and released. Smith said no one was cited in the wreck.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We are all subject to the standards of our times

    Jon Meacham, a nationally known journalist with deep-rooted ties to Chattanooga, who has turned to the role of biographer, notably a widely praised life of fellow Tennessean Andrew Jackson, has just recently released his latest effort which is about our third president, Thomas Jefferson.

    John Seigenthaler, long-time editor of the Nashville Tennessean, had Meacham as a guest on his PBS programme, A Word on Words, this past weekend to discuss this new book.

  • Daisies and dandelions

    Wednesday as part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day The Bridge at Rockwood residents, with a police escort, walked or were wheeled nearly a mile with the smell of honeysuckle int he air and the breeze blowing in their faces.

  • GUEST OPINION: Legislative prayers are a murky situation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    When the U.S. Supreme Court declared legislative prayers constitutional 30 years ago, the justices sent a convoluted message to legislatures, city councils and other government bodies:

    You may open your sessions with prayer, a tradition that dates back to the founding of the Republic.  But don’t exploit the prayer opportunity “to proselytize or advance any one, or to disparage any other, faith or belief.” (Marsh v. Chambers, 1983)

  • School board member to be police chief?

    Roane County school board member Danny Wright may become Rockwood chief of Police.
    Mayor James Watts announced he is recommending Wright for council consideration as part of this year’s budget discussions.
    Watts said that current chief Bill Stinnett has decided to step down to captain, effective July 1. Current Capt. Pless Buck will be retiring in the near future after 42  years with the department.

  • Tax-hike request made official

    It’s official: the Roane County Board of Education is requesting an increase in the property tax rate to fund the 2013-14 school budget.
    The county’s current property tax rate is $2.18 per $100 valuation. The board is requesting an increase of 17 cents.
    “It’s to keep the programs we have in place right now, and it will keep us on track of being a really good school system,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said, “but it will not make us a great school system.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Early rising better than slow to sleep

    At this point in my life, sleep usually comes easily.
    I’ve not always been so lucky.
    During much of the 1990s, I worked at The Associated Press in Chicago, a busy, 24-7 news bureau.
    There, employees with families tended to get regular, daytime schedules.
    I was one of a handful of single employees who was tossed about the schedule to fill in around them.
    My shift, if it could be called that, changed dramatically from week to week. I worked overnights, weekends, started shifts at 6 a.m. and then, later in the week, 5 p.m.

  • 113 Roane high school seniors cited as Tennessee Scholars

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Roane County Schools, recognized 113 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars during a breakfast ceremony on May 15.

    “The Tennessee Scholars program helps to provide a better pool of future workers to our local business community,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson. “Local businesses support this program because it is good for students, good for business and [good for] the future of Roane County.”

  • Rockwood Methodist dedicating grand piano

    Rockwood United Methodist Church will dedicate its new Yamaha grand piano June 9 with special celebrations.

    Music in the 11 a.m. worship service will feature the piano, flute and trumpet and include a recognition of contributors to the piano fund.

    A 3 p.m. concert of sacred music will show off the new piano to the community with Rockwood United Methodist Church organist Wayne Duggin on piano and guest organist Fred Pogue.