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Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Shield law may have unintended consequences

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment
    We’re all facing a tough decision by Congress later this year — and it’s not about the federal budget or national health care policy.

    A question that ultimately will affect us all involves a bill with the innocuous name “Free Flow of Information Act.”

  • Maybe we should increase vigilance on NSA

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA.

    It’s hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it’s a desperately needed start.

    The effort to monitor Americans’ communications has been going on for at least seven years, under two presidents.

    It constitutes an expansion of government power without precedent in the modern era.

  • Unstopping Kingston’s biggest bottleneck

    Progression Electric added just another piece to the puzzle at the intersection of Kentucky Street and Race streets (Hwys. 50 and 70) with the addition of a new traffic light system. For now, work on repaving, traffic signals and the addition of a turning lane has made the intersection more congested than normal. Eventually, however, state highway officials hope the improvements will ease traffic bottlenecks. The problems are especially apparent on weekday afternoons, when work and school lets out.

  • New mantra: Community with best schools wins

    The goal of Roane County Schools Education Foundation’s members is to create partnerships to support academics in Roane County with money and resources.

    The new foundation is having a kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at The Roane Alliance Building.

    The public is invited.

    The foundation will raise funds through grants, private and in-kind donations to support academics in a time when funding avenues are drying up elsewhere.

  • OSMS downs Wartburg, 36-14

     

    The Oliver Springs Middle Bobcats spoiled 8th grade night for the Wartburg Bulldogs with a 36-14 victory at the Ronnie Trout complex Thursday evening.

  • Lady Tigers dump Loudon for 5th straight win

     

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers won their fifth straight contest and improved to 12-2 on the season Monday evening with a 6-1 victory over Loudon at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

  • Culbertson helped sink ship that fired 1st U.S. war shot

    Hoke Culbertson of Kingston was on the U.S. Navy’s U.S.S. O’Brien with Capt. W.W. Outerbridge.
    Outerbridge was commander of U.S.S. Ward, which fired the first shot in the Pacific of World War II.
    Later, Culbertson was on the O’Brien when the men were forced to sink the damaged Ward during the Leyte operation, Ormoc Bay landing in 1944.
    “Ormoc Bay is where we sunk the Ward,” Culbertson said. “We scuttled it. It was hit by kamikaze.”

  • WORLD WAR II VETS SHARE EXPERIENCES

    Rockwood’s Jake Jackson traveled across Europe in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    He’s seen a lot, including a group of weary travelers walking a road toward a nearby town.
    He said it looked like they were wearing and holding everything they owned.
    Certain they were victims of a concentration camp, their image sticks with Jackson to this day.
    “To me, it looked like skin was just stretched over some bones,” he said.
    “They were the most pathetic group of people I ever seen.”

  • Police nab mom for dropping kid while intoxicated

    From staff reports
    A Rockwood mother was arrested last week on public intoxiation and child endangerment charges after a 911 caller claimed to see her repeatedly drop her toddler at Roane County  Park.
    Leigh Ann Barnett, 31, of 133 Teague Road, was taken into custody on Sept. 22 at the park’s splash pad.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Hohulin reported that he found Barnett sitting on the concrete, trying to reach her 15-month-old son.

  • School tops in growth

    Harriman Middle School will be getting a visit from Tennessee Department of Education officials this year because of the school’s improvements in seventh-grade language arts.
    The school did extremely well this year in its Tennessee Value Added Assessment System scores.
    “Harriman Middle School finished the top 10 in the state last year in their growth (overall),” said Roane County Schools Director Gary Aytes.
    The report assesses the schools in both achievement and value added.