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Today's News

  • Disc golfers donate to Roane parks program

    Members of the Roane County Disc Golf Club flank Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Tony Brown, front at right, who accepts a $320 check from the group from the summer’s Tuesday-night tournaments played at Roane County Park.

    On hand for the presentation are, from left, Victor Poole, Mike Devuono, Kelly Jenkins, Chris Irish, Jack Elliot, Robby Jones, Brown, Fred Wederland, Gary Buell, Dylan Parrish and Darren Settles.

  • Tennessee jail does right by First Amendment

    By DAVID L. HUDSON
    First Amendment Center
    Jail officials in Sumner County did not violate the First Amendment rights of a former inmate when they prohibited him from wearing a kufi, or Islamic head covering, a federal magistrate judge said recently.

    Horatio D. Burford contended that during his time in the Sumner County jail, officials denied him the right to wear the kufi, citing a general ban on head coverings.

  • Fire department pitches in to help jolly old soul

    Santa has his hands full this time of year, so a few more volunteers can be appreciated.

    That’s why Harriman Fire Department personnel have decided to help the community’s youth get their messages out to Santa.

    Knowing the big guy well — he rides on the fire truck in the annual Christmas Parade — they decided to put a mailbox for him at Station 1 in downtown Harriman.

    “Santa Claus does come to the fire hall, and we all are pretty good friends,” Chief Brad Goss said.

  • Rockwood Christmas Tree lighting
  • Raiderettes split conference games

    The Roane State Raiderettes entered last weekend’s road trip with a .500 record and that’s how they returned home after splitting games with Columbia State and Jackson State.

  • Midway Middle bombs Greenback

    Monday night was a good night for the Midway Middle School Green Wave and Lady Waves as both squads picked up easy wins over visiting Greenback.

  • Late Lady 'Cat rally comes up short

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats might have dropped Tuesday’s District 4-A showdown with Oakdale, 44-41,  but Michelle Christopher’s squad didn’t go down without a fight. 

  • ARTISTIC POWERS

    Anne Powers is a pro at making something out of nothing.
    Her studio, in the garage adjacent to her lake house, is filled with colorful, random and eclectic objects found and collected filling the shelves on the walls, creating an artwork in and of itself, all ready at her disposal for creating her art.
    “It’s nice to have a lot of space,” she said. “You know, I don’t have to worry about keeping it clean; I worry about keeping it functional, so I can get work done.”

  • New United Way director chosen

    Roane County United Way selected its new director last week, and she’s a familiar face at the agency.
    Amy Harmon was selected to replace former director Diana Knobloch and has begun training with Knobloch.
    Harmon was coordinator of the Earned Income Tax Credit outreach and Roane Alliance for Financial independence.

  • Bar gets off police trouble list

    The Grill & Pub is in compliance with the agreement it entered into in September, according to a letter Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wrote to county Beer Board Chairman Copper Bacon last month.
    A man was killed in the Grill & Pub’s parking lot on July 23.
    Less than two weeks later, County Attorney Tom McFarland filed a petition to revoke the establishment’s beer permit.
    The petition said there had been “voluminous 911 calls regarding violence, drug activity, and/or other criminal acts” at the bar.