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Today's News

  • Tuskegee Airman pride of OS

    By Julia Hopper Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    Samuel William Harper, president of the Knoxville College class of 1942, made a farewell speech entitled, “Looking Back with Chins Up,” on May 25, 1942.

    “The class of ‘42 will scatter after this day and will embark in various professions,” he said. “Some of us will be immediately united with our brothers in the armed forces of the nation, others will teach, and others will continue in graduate work.”

  • Charles takes heart in cardiac rehab

    Tommy Charles never imagined he’d entertain the same bad habit he’d seen consume his father’s life — and even contribute to his death.

    But three packs of cigarettes a day and one heart attack later, Charles “got like Dad.”

    At 55 years old, Charles’ father died from a heart attack. He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and was overweight and inactive.

    At 46, only nine years younger than the age his father died, Charles himself suffered a heart attack.

  • United Way to cap off its year

    Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting and campaign celebration next month.

    The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 29 in Michael Dunn Center’s conference meeting room at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    “This event is always a special time to thank our donors, volunteers and agencies who are at the heart of the Roane County United Way,” said Amy Harmon, executive director.

    Roane County United Way surpassed its $400,000 fundraising goal for 2011.

  • FSA offering producers free online info service

    Farmers and ranchers in Tennessee now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important Farm Service Agency program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information.  

    “FSA is now offering free online communications through our GovDelivery electronic news service,” said Gene Davidson, Tennessee Farm Service Agency executive director.

  • GUEST OPINION: Booking photos — public record or intrusion?

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The mug shots of recently arrested federal prisoners are private and in most cases not available to the public, a federal appeals panel decided Feb. 22, turning back a request from the Tulsa (Okla.) World newspaper.

    The three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding a district court decision, rejected a number of arguments by the newspaper about the benefits of public access to U.S. Marshals Service booking photos.

  • Nuts & Bolts, A discussion of how things work in the news business: Anonymous comment — keep or quit it?

    Recently, the Chattanooga Times Free-Press took steps to shut down anonymous comment on stories it posts online.

    The newspaper is still allowing comment on opinion pieces — editorials, letters, editorial cartoons — posted online.

    Managing editor Alison Gerber made this point:

  • THP district led by Oliver Springs woman named top in the state

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott named the agency’s Knoxville District as the 2011 District of the Year at a special awards ceremony in Murfreesboro.

    The district not only includes Roane County, but it is led by an Oliver Springs woman, Capt. Cheryl Sanders. This is the first time a district has been recognized for its overall achievements.

  • Ex-Rhea officer arrested in Roane

    A Rockwood woman has been charged with six counts of TennCare fraud in Rhea County.

    According to the Tennessee Office of the Inspector General, Amanda C. Roberts was filling prescriptions and using her son’s TennCare benefits to pay for it.

    Roberts is accused of obtaining the drug Adderall, which is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

  • More work at Harriman library

    Harriman Public Library is moving forward with more renovations.

    Projects include reconstruction of the front steps for safety and code compliance, restoration of front entrance doors and replacing lighting on the first floor and in the basement children’s area.

    “The lowest bid coming in under the bid guidelines was Buckhead Construction Co,” said Treasurer Charles Kerley.

    The bid came in at $160,000.

  • Tigers survive region tourney opener, 38-36

    The Rockwood Tigers and the Sunbright Tigers had a true "cat-fight" on Saturday night to see which team would live to fight another day in the TSSAA Class A play-offs.