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Today's News

  • Midway students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Tim Thompson, far left in back row, recently honored the school’s September students of the month.

    They include, by grade order, Josie Nichols, Kaden Wright, Emorie Jones, Zachary Graham, Chesney Cash, Parker Jones, Harry Jackson, Rylan Guettner, Bradley Dishman, John Kevorkian, Sierra Cowell, Anna Fink, Zane Edwards, Shayla Wood, Ty Mason, Brandon Williams, Natrice Childress, Cailynn Shelley, Daelyn Thompson, Dalton Carroll, Gracey Hixon, Elijah Payne and Natalie Booth.

  • Tennessee students to cast votes in online mock election

    Students all across Tennessee will participate in the largest student-driven civics project in the United States this fall.

    Millions of students will cast their votes in The My Voice National Student Mock Election, giving them the opportunity to select their candidates in both the federal and state elections and to talk about the issues they care about this fall and beyond.

  • Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville graduates: Summer 2012

    Cody Pierce of Roane County was among the 23 students who participated in summer graduation at Technology Center at Crossville.

    Pierce is a graduate of the center’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technology program.

    Students from nine counties participated in the ceremony.

  • Arrests: Oct. 1-6, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 1 — Chad Anthony Buffalo, 2035 Greenland Way, Knoxville: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

    • Vinson Tyrone Floyd, 39, 5729 Harriman Hwy., Harriman: violation of order of protection, aggravated assault, kidnapping. No bond; court date Nov. 5.

    • Regina Mae Headrick, 38, 325 Leslie Drive, Harriman: serving time.

  • General Sessions Court: Aug. 1-13, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 1 — Michael Freezor, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Lindmila Snider, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    Aug. 3 — Arianna B. Long, two counts speeding, registration expired, two counts financial responsibility law. Traffic tickets paid in full.

  • Marriage licenses: Aug. 29-Oct. 10, 2012

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Aug. 29-Oct. 10:

    • Christopher Scott Jones to Lisa Michelle Morgan Prince

    • Brandon Leviticus Phillips to Jennifer Megan Humphreys

    • Benjamin Bryan Williams II to Lucinda Fay Francis

    • Thomas Wheeler Copeland to Olivia Stephanie Brown Webb

    • Stephen Michael White Sr. to Amelia Denise Wilkerson

  • Births: Aug. 22-Oct. 16, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Aug. 23 — Amber and Allen Griffis, Kingston. A girl, Alyssa Randi, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Siblings: Peyton and Makayla. Grandparents: Randy and Brenda Griffis.

    Aug. 26 — Stephanie and Darrell Watkins, Harriman. A girl, Ava Grace, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Siblings: Bailey and Cooper. Grandparents: Sidney and Maxine Watkins; Don and Mildred Russell; Sharon Holt.

  • Divorces: May 24-June 28, 2012

    Divorces granted May 24-June 28 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    • Jessica Anne Torres Sands vs. Charles Anthony Sands
    Jr.

    • Miranda Hendrix Goss vs. Wesley Matthew Goss

    • Tony L. Bostic vs. Amy Parker Bostic

    • Jeffrey R. Abbott vs. Christy Stanley Abbott

    • Lydia Marneva Swint vs. Kevin Thomas Swint

    • Ashley Lynn Jones vs. Jonathan Paul Jones

  • GUEST OPINION: Football/prayer: It’s all about an even playing field

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    You can throw a Hail Mary at a public school football game, but you can’t actually hail Mary.

    That distinction is at the heart of a flurry of incidents this fall in which public universities and high schools are being challenged for conducting prayers before football games.

    In recent months:
    The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga announced that it would no longer hold public prayers before football games, while the UT campus in Knoxville said it was retaining them at Neyland Stadium.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Republicans were right about voter fraud

    Let us begin, gentle reader, with a bit of housekeeping.