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Today's News

  • Roane Tea Party members protest President Obama in Chattanooga

    Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said he and other members of his organization planned to protest President Barack Obama’s visit to Chattanooga this week.
    “We’re just a few miles from our exit,” Johnston said via cell phone Tuesday. “There’s lots of security down here. I’m passing state police car after state police car, so it looks like they’re going to have lots of security.” 
    The president was scheduled to tour an Amazon fulfillment center. His speech was scheduled after press time.

  • Climb with a ranger at Obed’s Lilly Bridge

    Those who have wanted to try rock climbing have a free opportunity to do it this weekend, during Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Climb-With-a-Ranger program.

    Those wishing to participate should meet at Lilly Bridge at 11 a.m. Aug. 3.

    All climbing gear will be provided.

    Those participating are asked to bring drinking water and wear study footwear.

    Depending on interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

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  • Crumby’s pen takes national DAR honors

    Amanda B. Crumby of Roane County’s Avery Trace DAR Chapter was recently awarded third place nationally for a pen she crafted that was entered in the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American Heritage  craft contest.

    She received a certificate citing her achievement, making the pen from wood from an original beam of the historic Roane County Courthouse, from the DAR American Heritage Committee the area of crafts-miscellaneous.

  • School supplies, clothes tax free this weekend

    Tennesseans have been enjoying $8 million to $10 million in tax savings annually since the state implemented its annual Sales Tax Holidays in 2006.

    The next Sales Tax Holiday will be from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 2 through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 4.

    During this time, Tennesseans can enjoy tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers.

    Tax-free items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

  • The Garden Gate: The tiger in your garden casts a blaze of splendor

    Flowers are just like people.

    They come in different sizes, colors, proportions, habitats, preferences and histories, and they have a venerable past. Of all the different lilies there are, the ones we call tiger lilies are demanding our attention.

    Have you realized that so-called tiger lilies have spots, not stripes?

    They are the subject for nearly as much poetry and fantasy as Madonna lilies. We notice such quotations as “When lilies turned to tigers, blaze.”

  • Rockwood’s Willard grand chancellor of Tennessee Knights of Pythias lodge

    Gerald Willard of Knights of Pythias Oak Leaf Lodge 49, Rockwood, was elected grand chancellor of the Tennessee Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias for 2013.

    Willard and Bobby Crowe, also of the Rockwood lodge, are among the officers serving on the state level for the year.

    Crowe, a past supreme chancellor for the Knights of Pythias, is the grand secretary.

    The two took office during the Tennessee Grand Lodge’s 141st annual convention in Gatlinburg.

  • GUEST OPINION: Fear after violent incidents imperils our core liberties

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects.

    Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating on a personal level.

    But for the most part, those wishes come and go – or the targets do, as media fortunes or political trends wax and wane.

  • Temperance gets state boost

    Harriman’s most iconic symbol received another helping hand with its ongoing rehabilitation.

    Gov. Bill Haslam just announced another $40,355 in Historic Preservation Fund grants for ongoing repairs.

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