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Today's News

  • Waves rise, Devils fall in 3-A action

    Darrell Ruffner’s Midway Green Wave picked up a huge District 3-A victory Tuesday night, but the same couldn’t be said for the Harriman Blue Devils.

    Midway hosted Tellico Plains and avenged an earlier loss to the Bears with a 64-56 victory in overtime.

  • Redistricting opponents emerge

    Public pressure has been ratcheted up on state Rep. Julia Hurley to do something about a redistricting plan that splits Roane County into separate House districts.
    “We want our county kept together,” Swan Pond resident Sarah McCoin said.
    McCoin said she started a Facebook group titled “Tell Tennessee House Reps: Keep Roane County Together.”
    By Monday the group had over 600 members. 
    McCoin and County Commissioner Randy Ellis, who now is considering a run against Hurley, are administrators of the Facebook group.

  • INTERNATIONAL HERO

    A Roane County World War II veteran will be given one of France’s highest honors because of his contribution to the liberation of France from German occupation.
    Harold Davis will be bestowed with the Légion d’Honneur in Atlanta Thursday. He is among 17 other veterans receiving the award.
    Davis, who fought in the Eighth Air Force, served in England on the crew of a B-24 Liberator bomber against German fighting planes.

  • Ellis may run for state rep

    Last spring, Randy Ellis said he had no plans to run for the state representative seat held by Julia Hurley.
    Ellis, a District 2 Roane County commissioner, has since changed his mind and is now contemplating a run against Hurley in the Republican primary.
    “I’m in the decision-making process of whether I’ll run or not,” he said.
    Ellis said the reversal stems from responses he’s gotten from people in the last few days.

  • County Dems open office

    STAFF REPORTS
    The Roane County Democratic Party is holding a grand opening at its headquarters at 108 Court St. in Kingston at noon Saturday.
    Third District Congressional candidate William Taylor of Chattanooga is among the guest speakers.
    Hotdogs and and snacks will be served and pictures can be taken with cardboard cutouts of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.
    The RCDP executive committee meeting will be held immediately after the grand opening.

  • The Garden Gate: Rugs remind of Paradise to come

    Surrounded by rivers, lakes and streams as we are in this part of Tennessee, it is hard for us to realize how important water — and the oasis it makes possible — is in the arid desert regions of much of the world.

    Persia as far back as the seventh century was larger than present-day Iran and included Turkestan and Iraq.

    Back then, a part of the Islamic faith was that the garden represented Paradise or heaven.

    Water was abundant in this garden, filled with trees for shade from the merciless heat and flowers that would never fade.

  • Arlington errors painful reminder

    By Freddy Groves
    King Features Syndicate

    In early December, when the Wreaths Across America program put wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery, I flashed back to the ongoing problem of the graves errors at the cemetery: unmarked graves, headstones with no remains, broken urns with scattered remains, graves with more than one person buried in them.

    The problems, it was thought at the time, could involve upward of 6,000 graves.

    Congress demanded that the Army “provide an accounting” of all the gravesites at Arlington.

  • Naked Carolinian wasn’t worst embarrassment

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    A streaker at an East Carolina University football game in Greenville, N.C., produced much more than just a crass — and somewhat dated — distraction during a halftime ceremony last Nov. 5.

    The naked miscreant set off a series of events which led to the firing this week of Paul Isom, adviser to The East Carolinian student newspaper.

    According to reports, he was dismissed Jan. 4 in connection with publication of news photos of the incident.

  • Nuts & Bolts: February interesting month for newsroom

    January — like all months these days — is flying by.

    To keep up with my high-octane, pedal-to-the-floor calendar, I try to keep my eye on things a month or two ahead.

    And so I have been dwelling recently on the events of February.

    For one thing, my birthday falls in February.

    I have been known to complain bitterly about having a birthday smack-dab in the middle of such a dreary and drab month.

  • Cameras watch I-40 slide area

    With freezing temperatures on the way, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is keeping a closer eye than many may realize on the rock-slide-prone areas of Interstate 40 in Roane County.

    TDOT has long been aware of a slow-moving slide zone around mile marker 342.

    It has, in fact, installed two traffic cameras there. The cameras are at markers 341.3 and 341.6 on the I-40 east stretch.