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Today's News

  • Does silence equal death on gay bullying?

    By CHARLES HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Culture wars are returning to school this fall as conflicts over what to say — or not to say — about homosexuality escalate across the country.

    After a spate of high-profile news stories about gay teen suicides (nationwide, six in September alone), school officials are caught in the crossfire in the fight over how to address the anti-gay bullying that has been implicated in some of the deaths.

  • A View from Lick Skillet By Gerald Largen: Do Right-wing Republicans believe Bible?

    Money, Money, Money!

    Have you noticed, gentle reader, that almost the entire spectrum of Republican positions is based upon money, the getting, the having, the keeping, and the passing on of money?

  • Harriman cuts deal on guns, truck

    A recent change in state law now allows seized weapons to be traded for weapons for police departments.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said the change, passed this summer, will allow him to trade in 104 seized weapons to go toward the purchase of four AR15 rifles from Mohawk Armory.

    Heidle said the local distributor makes good weapons.

    “We know the weapons we’re trading and believe fully that it is a pretty good price,” Heidle said.

  • Fundraiser for little 'angel'

    The story of Emilie Gregg, a Rockwood girl facing a rare genetic disorder, has touched many lives.

    The angelic-faced youth and her family inspired two Avon representatives to find an organization to do a fundraiser for them.

    “I can’t get her out of my mind,” Alicia Webb said.“She was brought into our lives for a reason I think.”

    Angie Thompson and Webb both found a partnership with the Avery Trace Civitan Club, which includes members Tonya Watts, director of residential habilitation at Michael Dunn Center.

  • Foster's 229 leads Jackets past 'Skins, 41-17

    Kingston senior RB Demarcus ran for a career-high 229 yards and 3 TDs Thursday night in leading the Yellow Jackets to a 41-17 victory over Loudon.

    “It feels good to come together as a team and win a game like this,” Foster said after the game. “We've had a couple of games this year where we've let games slip away in the second half, but we didn't let that happen tonight. I had a big night, but I couldn’t have done it without our quarterback, offensive line and our wide receivers blocking down field.”

  • Lady 'Cats take third in Eble tourney

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats didn’t win the 2011 Hollis Eble title, but Paige Wright’s squad played well, winning three of four games to finish third overall.
    The Lady ‘Cats opened tournament play with a 31-9 victory over Petros-Joyner, but lost their second round game against eventual champion York Institute, 36-23. Oliver Springs then picked up a 37-35 victory over Rockwood and a 39-35 victory over Coalfield for the third place finish.
    Oliver Springs vs.
    Petros-Joyner

  • Roane School of Isshin-ryu carries nationals

    At the International Isshin-ryu Karate Association’s annual banquet and tournament (IIKA Nationals), the Roane School of Isshin-ryu Karate posted impressive tournament results. In true Olympic fashion, first place winners received Gold Medals, second place received Silver with Bronze going to all third place finishers.

  • Tigers win Eble Championship

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers are hoping history repeats itself this season.
    Last year at this time, Bryan Powers’ squad won their second straight Hollis Eble Championship en route to what turned out to be an undefeated season and an East Tennessee Championship.
    Tuesday night, Rockwood made it three straight Hollis Eble championships with a 38-24 victory over York Institute.
    Tuesday’s win was the third in the tournament for the Tigers as Rockwood opened the tourney with 42-20 victory over Sunbright before beating Coalfield in the semifinals, 49-17.

  • Ambulance rate hike recommended

    People with no insurance have a hard time paying for their use of the Roane County ambulance service.
    “I think it’s 13 percent of our total transports are non-insured, and most of those accounts are delinquent,” said Howie Rose, director of the county ambulance department.
    The uninsured could have an even harder time paying in the future.
    The Roane County Ambulance Committee is recommending a rate increase.
    “We’re leaving a lot of money on the table,” Chairman James Brummett said.

  • Hold-up attempt at Bluff Road Rocky Top

    A woman tried to rob the Rocky Top on Bluff Road Monday night.
    The clerk told sheriff’s officials a white female with dark hair approached the register and demanded $250.
    “He tried to stall her by counting out the money, hoping someone would walk in the store,” the report said.
    The clerk also told authorities that the female, “stated that she had no problem killing him and raised her left hand inside the pocket of her hoodie as if to have a gun.”