Today's News

  • Pill-pushing defendant faces extra punishment

    Two prior drug convictions mean trouble for John Wesley Goss in his federal drug case.
    Goss, of Rockwood, was one of 23 people charged with oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies earlier this year.
    “Deaths are alleged to have resulted from the use of oxycodone in connection with the drug conspiracy,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
    The FBI referred to Goss as the lead defendant in the case.
    According to court records, Goss was convicted twice in federal court in the 1990s on drug charges.

  • Holocaust survivor: ‘Look what hate does’

    Punishment for sassiness today might earn a child a slap on the bottom or a few minutes in timeout.
    For Jewish children who mouthed off to the Nazis or their collaborators, the consequences were much more severe.
    “A boy, maybe 10 or 12, talked to the guards and sassed them,” Arthur Pais recalled. “They shot him.”
    Pais is a survivor of the Kovno Ghetto and the Dachau Concentration Camp. The young boy being shot is among his most vivid memories from the Holocaust. 

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Elections not as tasty now

    I’ll never forget the first election I covered.
    I was a poor reporter, barely making more than minimum wage and trying to get by on it.
    Ground zero for election coverage was the courthouse in Pineville, Ky., and Election Day was the highlight of my professional calendar.
    The county clerk’s office — and many other contributors — brought in a feast of casseroles, meats, side dishes, snacks and desserts and shared willingly with all.

  • GUEST OPINION: Look to the First Amendment to know the Second

    First Amendment Center
    The First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are usually related only by their proximity in the Bill of Rights.

    But the connection actually runs much deeper. Courts are using standards from First Amendment law and applying them in Second Amendment cases.

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just did this in its Oct. 25 decision in National Rifle Association v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Whither the divided house of Republicans?

    Well, Gentle Reader, the old curmudgeon need not feel embarrassed by his prognostications that Barack Obama would be re-elected, inasmuch as he has been.

    Possibly even more impressive than the President’s win, is the fact that the Senate is firmly in control of the Democrats.

    The most perilous aspect of the election results is probably the retention of control of the House of Representatives by the Republicans.

    How did the Republican losses come about?

  • Oliver Springs to stay dry

    Oliver Springs joined many other small communities in having a referendum to allow package stores to sell alcohol in its city limits.

    Voters in the Anderson County portion of the town supported the referendum permitting package stores by three votes at 360 voting for it and 357 voting against it.

    Roane County voters, however, turned the tide in favor of not having the stores with votes of 126 for permitting package stores and 162 against it.


    Six decades after serving a nation that refused to let him fight because of the color of his skin, former U.S. Marine Albert Winton Sr. finally got some well-deserved recognition last week.

    He was awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal.

    A packed house at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood gave Winton a standing ovation as he received the nation’s highest non-combat award last Thursday night from Tennessee Commissioner of Veteran Affairs Many-Bears Grinder.

  • FCE hosts holiday ideas fair

    Members of all eight of Roane County’s Family and Community Education clubs hosted a Christmas Ideas Fair last week at Kingston.

    Proceeds from the fair, which has been an annual event since the 1950s, go toward a scholarship awarded each spring to a deserving high school senior from Roane County.

    It’s the only fundraiser of the year for the FCE groups.

    Everything is donated by the members, so 100 percent of the sale of items goes into the scholarship fund.

  • RMS splits with Wartburg

    After opening the season in the 2012 Hollis Eble Tournament, the Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers played their regular season opener at Wartburg on Monday.