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Today's News

  • Lady ‘Cats roll past Rockwood, 19-2

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats ran their season record to 19-4 Thursday as Matt Headden’s squad rolled to a 19-2 victory over Rockwood.

  • Midway falters at Sweetwater

    The Midway Green Wave stepped out of district Tuesday evening and traveled to Sweetwater, but the trip was not a good one as the Wildcats defended their baseball diamond with a 5-4 victory.

  • Lady Bears take two from Lady Tigers

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers hosted the Lady Bears of Tellico Plains Tuesday night in a doubleheader.  

    Rockwood struggled early in game one and could not get anything going, losing by a final of 11-1. The Lady Tigers came out in game two with more urgency and fire, but came up short as late mistakes cost Rockwood the game, losing by a final of 2-1. 

  • Pinkerton has left the building

    For years, Jim Pinkerton has been the steadying presence in Kingston government, the face that hasn’t changed even as so many others have.
    Mayor Troy Beets noted his “professionalism in the face of my sometimes run-and-gun sort of approach… he’s been the yin to my yang.”
    And Councilman Don White pointed out that he may be the city’s longest-serving city manager. White would know, given that he’s probably the city’s longest-serving councilman, having held the position on and off since the early 1970s.

  • State pulls Roane job center

    Roane County residents will have to go outside the county now for help with much of their career services.
    Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is pulling out of 34 career centers in June “in order to continue job placement activities with fewer federal dollars,” Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced this week in a news release.

  • Emergency chief leaves for TVA spot

    Howie Rose is continuing his career in the emergency field, just not with Roane County.
    The director of the county’s Office of Emergency Services has resigned his position and accepted a job with TVA. 
    “My last full time day of employment will be May 3, 2013,”  he said in a letter to County Executive Ron Woody.
    Rose said now is the time for him to move on.  

  • Junior Ranger program seeks kids

    Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger Program offers children ages 6-14 excellent outdoor educational opportunities.
    There are two ways to become an official Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger.
    Interested children may attend a Junior Ranger Camp in June and July at various parks throughout the state; or complete a series of activities found in the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Now I remember why I got that bike

    Some of you have been asking me about the motorcycle I bought last fall.
    I rode it a bit over the winter — just enough to keep the battery charged and the carburetor from fouling.
    Now that spring has made its reluctant appearance, I’m logging more miles and remembering why it is I decided to purchase this rumbling roadster.

  • GUEST OPINION: Flower refusal at gay wedding now legal issue

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Imagine Robert Ingersoll’s hurt and humiliation last month when his local florist refused to do the flower arrangements for his wedding to Curt Freed, his partner of nine years.

    As longtime customers of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Wash., Ingersoll and Freed had mistakenly assumed that shop owner Barronelle Stutzman would be happy to provide the service.

    But also imagine the pain Stutzman felt at having to turn down a friend and neighbor.

  • A View from Lick Skillet

    Before we get to the chief thrust of this column, we would be remiss if we did not remind the readers that we are now entering that special time of the year for loyal East Tennesseans, to-wit poke-picking time.