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Today's News

  • Property Transfers: April 5-9, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse April 5-9:
    From Michael J. Trapp and Kristie L. Trapp to American International Relocation Solutions by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Oak Hills Estates, Lot 10, $132,000.

    From American International Relocation Solutions to Luke Wurm and Renee Bonnin by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Oak Hills Estates, Lot 10, $132,000.

    From Larry E. Campbell and Jo Ellen Campbell to Thomas P. Hanrahan by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, sub-area K, Lot 598, Phase 7, $1,000.

  • General Sessions Court: April 20-27, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 20 — Michael B. Messamore, financial responsibility law and registration expired. Dismissed.

    • Casey A. Lemons, driving without license and light law non-motor vehicle. Dismissed. Seat belt 18 and older. Guilty.

    • John W. Clark, display of registration plates and obedience to any required traffic control device. Dismissed.

  • The Garden Gate: Tea for two? Or the world?

    The name “tea” comes from the Dutch rendering of the Chinese name for this plant. In the 18th century, when tea was newly introduced into England and was all the rage, the tea plant and the gathering of tea leaves was often depicted on tea caddies gracing every lady’s tea table.

    Tea has a venerable history — and a quite romantic one. It is an evergreen shrub, thasinensis, a native of China and India. It has also been grown in Ceylon, Nepal, Japan, Java and Africa for many centuries.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 20

    25 Years Ago
    Oliver Springs Town Council adopted an ordinance permitting beer sales on Sunday within the city limits, except between 3 a.m. and noon. This came about due to annexation of a property which included a business that had an Anderson County beer license. This action allowed all businesses to be treated fairly.

    10 Years Ago

  • Brayden Andrew Burney

    Brayden Andrew Burney turned 4 years old on June 9.

    He celebrated on June 8 with a Toy Story-themed party with relatives and friends.

    He is the son of Melissa and Scott Burney of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Linda U. Banks of Harriman, and Annette and Troy Burney of Oliver Springs.

    Great-grandparents are the late Lola and Melvin  Utley, the late J.H. and Sarah Burney, and the late O.T. and Etoy McDaniel.

    Brayden has a brother, Shawn, 2 1/2.

  • See, hear more about ham radio operations at weekend gathering

    Roane County Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate their emergency communications capabilities this weekend during a special event June 23-24 at Fort Southwest Point pavilion, Kingston.

    These individuals, known as ham radio operations, will join with other amateur radio operators across the country for this annual Field Day, a culmination of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.

  • GUEST OPINION: Students push back to keep items of faith

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    When Jake Balthazor was sent to the office by his teacher last week, imagine his surprise.

    After all, Jake hadn’t disrupted class, failed to do his homework or committed any other offense that might lead to disciplinary action at Coon Rapids High School near Minneapolis.

    The problem, it turned out, wasn’t with what the 15-year-old was doing, but with the black-and-silver rosary beads he was wearing.
    Rosary beads are used by many Roman Catholics to offer prayers to the Virgin Mary.

  • Clean air push officially down to wire

    Chattanooga’s top air quality official told U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander that without recent improvements in air quality “the site of the new Volkswagen plant behind us would be a vacant lot.”

    Bob Colby, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, joined Alexander at a recent press conference at the Volkswagen site.

  • Director of Schools Toni McGriff issues her last State-of-Schools report: Schools to go deeper into core curriculum

    Each year seems to be more challenging than the last in public education.

    In 2011-12, Roane County teachers and principals implemented a new evaluation program.

    In both cases, student achievement counts 50 percent of the total score on the individual evaluation.

    Simply put, that means that student test scores are critical to the evaluation of school personnel.

    Since our main focus is student achievement and every decision made is geared toward improving student achievement, it is not unrealistic to measure us that way.

  • Agency forces action after Watts Bar Unit 2 falsification

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Order to TVA, which agreed to a series of corrective actions regarding the falsification of work records at the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction project in 2010.

    An NRC investigation concluded that two subcontractor employees deliberately falsified documents indicating required work had been done when in fact it had not been. Both subcontractor employees were prosecuted by the Department of Justice.