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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Care needed when dealing with Occupy camps

    A long winter for the Occupy Wall Street movement has seen a shift in tactics by cities, towns and state legislatures seeking to remove many of the estimated 600 encampments nationwide.

    Some Occupy groups camped on public property have obtained court rulings that permit them to protest anytime in public spaces, but not to keep tents or sleeping bags on the sites. Elsewhere, formal or informal bargains have been struck that allow tents but not the accessories of camping — in effect permitting momentary shelters, not encampments.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: What impact will Sen. Snowe’s going have?

    The rock-ribbed coast of Maine is not noted for many products — timber and paper wood, potatoes, seafood, and L. L. Bean apparel being the principal ones.

    But far and away the most important thing that has sprung from that rocky soil may well be its womenfolk.

    This thought comes to mind in view of the announcement last week that Olympia Snowe, three-term Republican senator for Maine will not seek re-election this year, thus ending more than thirty years in the Congress, both House and Senate.

  • Santorum wins in Roane, TN

    He didn’t look like a frontrunner early on, but voters in Tennessee and other red states have shown they approve of the conservative values presidential candidate Rick Santorum has espoused.

    Santorum carried Tennessee, including Roane County voters, who gave him 1,876 votes compared to Mitt Romney with 1,564 and Newt Gingrich with 1,340 according to unofficial poll results.

    Roane County Republican Party Chairman Flo Charles attributed Santorum’s success to values that inspired many Tennesseans to vote for him.

  • From dentist’s chair to health career

    Roane Medical Center administrator Jim Gann has seen a lot of changes at the hospital, including the transfer to Covenant Health.

    He recently announced his retirement in May, but Gann still plans to have some part in the move into the state-of-the-art facility under construction in Midtown.

    “I’m not going anywhere,” said Gann, who is proud of what he’ll leave behind.

  • Woman arrested in statutory rape of 13-year-old boy

    Amanda Lynn Curry Grant, 28, was arrested in Evans Heights Sunday on four counts of statutory rape against a 13-year-old boy.

    According to a report by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services officials received a referral stating that Grant, of 109 Odd Fellows Cemetery Road in Rockwood, had been having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy.

    On Sunday, March 4, Grant’s mother led Officer Charlie Sisson to where Grant was known to be at the time, 170 Evans Heights.

  • Finishing touches
  • Dinner to benefit Humane Society

    The Humane Society of Roane County is holding a fundraising dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center.

    The menu includes Irish stew, cornbread, desert and a drink.

    The cost for adults is $6,  while  it’s $3 for children 12 and under.

    Live music will be provided, and there will be door prizes and items for sale.

  • More clarity called for in county fire chief situation

    Roane County’s plan to make Howie Rose chief of the Roane County Fire Department has some volunteer firefighters asking questions.

    “We’re not sure how to answer them right now,” West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine said.

    The Roane County Commission was set to vote on making Rose the fire chief on Feb. 13, but the volunteer firefighters’ objections led the board to postpone the matter for 60 days.

  • Williams signs with University of the Cumberlands
  • TWRA fish identification guide available

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has published The Angler’s Guide to Tennessee Fish, a new identification guide on the vast variety of fish species in the state. The new guide is currently available at TWRA offices and online at TWRA’s website www.tnwildlife.org