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Today's News

  • Does the time fit the crime?

    Scottie Hill and his family left the Roane County Courthouse upset on March 27. Nearly two months, later that frustration was still there.

    “The court system is just not right,” Hill said in a May phone interview.  

    His opinion of the court system was formed by the case involving the man who killed his mother. Nancy Hill died in a head-on car crash on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood on June 20, 2011.

  • Harriman summer reading activities kick off June 19

    “Dig Into Reading,” the 2013 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 19 with music and stories.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 3, programs continue each Wednesday through July 31.                     

    Upcoming activities are:

  • GUEST OPINION: More on media and government secrets

    By Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center
    Will the government ever do it — charge a reporter under the Espionage Act with endangering national security for disclosing classified information?

    No journalist ever has been prosecuted for receiving and writing about such leaked information. Two recent controversies raised questions of how far the Department of Justice officials might go in investigations of such “leaks.”

    But President Obama clearly stepped back from taking the issue to any constitutional cliff.

  • School lunches to cost more starting next fall

    Students who pay full price for lunch could have to fork over an extra quarter when they return to school.

    The proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year calls for a 25-cent increase in lunch prices.

    Roane County Schools Food Service Coordinator Linda Wilson said the increase is expected to bring in an additional $60,000 of revenue.

  • GED revision prompts rush to test centers

    Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the test have until the end of the year to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips.

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test.

  • Rainy day doesn’t dampen plant sale

    A rainy May Saturday did little to dampen enthusiasm for Harriman Garden Club's annual plant sale.

    Club members said two-thirds of their inventory had been sold with more than an hour left for the annual event.

    The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Harriman Garden Club.

    Members were on hand to assist with sales and answer questions about how to best care for the plants they were interested in.

  • The Garden Gate: Your fruit bowl is full of all kinds of interesting treats

    It is strawberry time. All the markets are displaying red, succulent, wonderfully scented strawberries. Most of us are making the most of this annual treat with everything from strawberry pies and flans to good, old-fashioned delectable strawberry shortcake.

    Strawberries seem as American as Uncle Sam, and they have a long, completely American history.

  • Hankes new regional Red Cross CEO

    Michelle Hankes has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross East Tennessee Region, which has oversight of the nonprofit’s operations in 36 counties, including Roane.

    Her first day will be July 8, 2013.

    Hankes, previously president and CEO of Blount County United Way, comes to the Red Cross after many years of nonprofit experience.  

    She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa, and a certification in nonprofit management from Iowa State University.

  • Backpack program to feed hungry schoolchildren needs more support

    Children shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.

    Some of Roane County’s youth won’t have to during school-year weekends, thanks to a program that sends backpacks home filled with healthy meals and snacks.

    The Food for Kids program of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, needs help to continue offering the quality treats for the students and to potentially expand to more students.

  • Military Matters: Richard A. Pague

    U.S. Army Pvt. Richard A. Pague recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of James Pague of Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.