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Today's News

  • Schools needs may require tax hike, officials warn

    Sending a budget to Roane County Commission that doesn’t require a tax increase is a source of pride for Board of Education members.
    That may not happen this year.
    “I’ve looked at various options, redone estimates,” Roane County Schools business manager Eric Harbin said. “I’m not sure we’ll be able to continue the programming we have without asking for a tax increase.”
    Board members were advised about the financial outlook on the 2012-13 budget during a meeting earlier this month.

  • Help sought for Willard Park Cemetery upkeep

    Well-kept cemetery plots mean something to Franklin and Willie Goddard of Harriman.
    That was as clear as the pain in their voices Wednesday as they lovingly tended the Willard Park plots of their daughter, Debbie Garrett, who died last August, and her husband, who died about two years before.
    Franklin hauled large bags of fresh, black topsoil to cover the graves, and Willie carefully raked it out.
    They spoke of their daughter’s last days, and of her schoolteacher colleagues who had made a Christmas trek to the grave to decorate it and sing to her.

  • Journalists’ work as watchdogs unquestionable

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s a running joke among journalists that they went into the news business because they didn’t do well in math.
    As a longtime journalist who struggled with freshman algebra, I can relate.
    Still, even those of us with anxiety about numbers have come to embrace the investigative value of data.
    Number-crunching and access to public records drive some of the news media’s most powerful and important reporting, including these examples from the past year:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Even in 1800, some wanted fair treatment for workers

    We have been reading a 1965 biography of Henry Addington by Philip Ziegler, which has rested on our shelves for several years.
    Addington, a contemporary of the Younger Pitt, Canning, Castlereagh, Liverpool, and other leading lights of the first years of the Nineteenth Century, was for years Speaker of the House of Commons, then for 3 or 4 years King George III’s Prime Minister, and from 1812 to 1821 was Home Secretary.

  • In the Spotlight: Fritts uses pageant savvy to help cancer research

    Oliver Springs High School senior and HOSA president Breanna Fritts coordinated a beauty pageant to raise funds for cancer research.

    “My grandmother had breast cancer, then my mom had uterine cancer, and then this past year my mom had colon cancer, so cancer’s just in my family. So it’s close to home, the cancer situation,” Fritts said. “It just kind of hit me.”

  • Checking out the 'Stangs
  • Lady 'Cast sweep Lady Indians

    Matt Headden’s Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats opened the District 4-A schedule with a pair of wins over Oneida on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Midway bounces back with shutout win

    Baseball can be an unpredictable and baffling game. The Midway and Harriman results from earlier this week appear to backup the claim of baffling. 

  • Loudon tops Blue Devils in tennis

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils hosted Loudon in a tennis match at Roane State Monday evening, but home court wasn’t an advantage as the Redskins picked up a 7-2 victory in girls play and a 6-3 victory in boys action.

  • Bobcats open district play with sweep of Oneida

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats opened District 4-A play earlier this week with games against Oneida, and Tony Kegley's squad was able to sweep the Indians, winning 5-3 at Oneida on Monday before downing the Indians at home on Tuesday, 10-0.