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Today's News

  • Rockwood tries again on budget

    Rockwood officials haven’t been able to see eye to eye on a fiscal budget for 2013.
    They’ll attempt to reach some consensus again at a special-called meeting on Monday, June 11. The budget committee will meet at 3 p.m. and be followed at 4 with the Rockwood City Council convening.
    “I made every effort to try and change things around,” Mayor James Watts said at the most recent workshop.

  • Assessor’s race forum postponed

    The Roane County Tea Party has postponed Thursday night’s forum for the property assessor candidates.
    Tea Party media director Chuck Smith said the move was done at the request of incumbent property assessor Teresa Kirkham and out of respect for J.T. Woods.
    Last week Woods committed suicide outside of Kirkham’s home.
    “We just felt like some of the candidates wanted to suspend until after this week and the funeral and so on of Mr. Woods,” Smith said. “We’re going to respect that and just try to reschedule.”

  • Woman charged after infant left in car

    STAFF REPORTS
    Ashley Rice, 110 Rice Lane, Harriman, is facing a child abuse charge for allegedly leaving her infant son in a car while she went into Kroger.
    The alleged incident happened on May 10 at Kroger in Midtown.
    According to the warrant, police found the infant secured in a car seat in a gold SUV when they arrived at the store.
    “The child was alone with the windows up, doors locked and the sunroof was popped open,” the warrant said.
    Police made contact with Rice as she was leaving the store.

  • Father-son look-alike contest deadline set

    There’s still time to get your photos in for this year’s Roane County News father-son look-alike contest.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards.
    The winning look-alike father and son will each receive a $50 gift card.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the father and son, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.
    Deadline to get photos in for the father-son contest is Monday, June 11, by 5 p.m.

  • County Democrat meeting set

    The Roane County Democratic Party executive committee meeting will be held at Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters  at 108 Court St. in Kingston on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
    These meetings, held on the second Thursday of each month, are open to all Roane County Democrats.
    Members of the executive committee who are unable to attend should contact Kat Moore or Bob Cowan.
    Also, Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters is open for business with the following regular hours:

  • Haslam signs off on grocery tax cut

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Marion County this week to sign legislation to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent.
    Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing at the locally- and independently owned Smith Bros. Grocery in Whitwell.

  • Kingston hosting two triathlons

    Roane County is the perfect place for many athletic events, so it is no wonder that last year’s inaugural Storm the Fort Triathlon has now led to an additional event to be held this Saturday — Smokin’ the Water Sprint Triathlon. 
    Pam May with The Roane Alliance could not be happier. 
    “These types of sporting events help Roane County become a greener and more sustainable community, something that The Alliance has been working hard to get,” said May.

  • For old time’s sake
  • GUEST OPINIONG: Judge’s Facebook ruling flawed

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    I “like” the First Amendment.

    And Bruce Springsteen. And the Chicago White Sox.

    In fact, you’ll find my “likes” on Facebook pages devoted to news, sports and music.

    All along, I’ve believed I was sharing my positive opinion of the people and organizations behind these pages. But now comes a federal court saying that clicking on the “like” button is not free speech after all.

  • Once again, suicide plays out in the news

    In one of these columns some months ago, we explained why the suicide of a local woman was not mentioned — outside of a simple obituary — in this newspaper.

    In contrast, last week a case of suicide was splashed prominently across the top of the front page of our June 1 edition.

    Why the difference?

    The suicide of J.T. Woods was big news for a number of reasons.

    Primarily, it was news because Woods was a public figure, a man running for the office of property assessor.