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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Romney’s case shows rich not ‘job creators’

    As you well know, gentle reader, the principal reason set forth by the defenders of giving the extremely wealthy a “free ride”, insofar as the rate of taxation imposed on their income, is the assertion that these are the “job creators.”

    Now, this is a defence that they may or may not believe.

    After all, some folks can make themselves believe just about anything, no matter how preposterous.

  • GUEST OPINION: Support for free speech drops if you hate message

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Does anybody have a sense of humor anymore?

    The First Amendment’s role in protecting free speech is to shelter remarks that most people don’t like. Words that everybody finds acceptable need no defense.

    In between those two polar points is the daily give-and-take of discourse. The verbal tumult of braggadocio, insults, satire and plain speaking can pass the time of day or give rise to what lawyers and Supreme Court justices politely call “robust discussion.”

  • Crowded field no bother for property assessor

    The more is often the merrier for a political incumbent.
    “I think that’s probably the reason the existing property assessor is pretty excited that there’s so many running,” J.T. Woods said.
    Woods is one of five people in the race for Roane County property assessor.
    Incumbent Teresa Kirkham acknowledged that the crowded field works in her favor.
    “That will split up the vote,” she said.
    David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette are the other candidates in the race.

  • Opponent once was Kirkham's employee

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she knows why J.T. Woods is running for her job.
    “Because I fired him,” she said.
    Woods is looking to unseat Kirkham in the August election. He’s not alone.
    Other candidates in the race for property assessor include David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette.
    According to county records, Woods worked in the property assessor’s office from Sept. 21, 2008, to Nov. 15, 2010.
    He said Kirkham is not telling the truth when she says she fired him. 

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Roane State has book sale in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will host the 12th annual “Love Your Library” used book sale Feb. 14-15 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Available items will include paperbacks, textbooks, cookbooks, computer software books, children’s books and more.
    Items will be on sale in the atrium in front of the library.
    Proceeds support the campus’s Coffey Library.
    Checks should be written to the Roane State Foundation.
    To donate items for the book sale, bring them to the Coffey Library.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Butting heads — and finding common ground

    For years — many years — I have ducked my head in humiliation when it comes to the University of Tennessee-University of Kentucky rivalry.
    As a Kentucky native who was born in Lexington while my dad attended engineering school at UK, it has been easy to root for the Wildcats. Even so, I sometimes find the fan obsession there a bit much.
    Basketball generally was Kentucky’s sport, while football was the one we grudgingly conceded to Tennessee.
    Then came the Bruce Pearl years, and Tennessee was beating us at roundball, too.

  • Blood screening, bone density among health fair offerings

    Luminary United Methodist Church will provide free access to medical specialists and health related service providers from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 20 in the church at 3401 River Road, Ten Mile.  

    The free medical tests will include up to 100 free fasting comprehensive blood-screening panels, including prostate-specific antigen tests to be performed by the Summit Medical Group of Knoxville.

    Registration for the blood screening will be at the initial check-in table at the entry to the fellowship hall in the back of the church.  

  • Bowers students part of honor choir

    Elizabeth Rueff and Larissa Langley said they like singing in groups.

    That should put the two Bowers Elementary School students right in their comfort zone when they visit Chattanooga this spring.

    The Harriman students are part of the Tennessee Treble Honor Choir, which is made up of 130 to 150 fifth- and sixth-graders from around the state.