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Today's News

  • Hopes dim for a veterans hospital in Roane County

    Roane County’s hope for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital looks bleak at this point.
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander received a letter last month from John Dandridge Jr., director of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, explaining why the VA didn’t think Harriman’s Roane Medical Center was a suitable site.
    “At this time, given what we currently know and project, there is not a feasible justification for construction or for operating a VA hospital in Harriman, Tenn.,” Dandridge said in the letter.

  • Man charged with ETHRA gas theft

    Kingston police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday morning for allegedly siphoning gas from an ETHRA bus.
    Austin Cody Burns, 402 Curtis Road, Tellico Plains, is charged with theft under $500. According to the arrest report, he was forthcoming about the alleged crime.
    “Defendant stated that he had taken at least 10 gallons from the vehicle,” the report said. “Defendant told officer the hose and can he used were behind the bus in the brush.”

  • Veterans Day event set for Ridgeview

    Veterans of all the armed services are invited to Ridgeview Elementary School in Rockwood on Friday, Nov. 9 for a special recognition program. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Each grade level will play a unique part in the program.
    There will be refreshments for everyone.

  • Man’s complaints about co-worker not protected

    By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
    First Amendment Center
    A former garbage-truck driver for the city of Franklin, Tenn., had no First Amendment right to report the allegedly violent conduct of his co-worker, a federal judge has ruled.
    Ruben B. Pruitt Jr. worked as a driver/operator for Franklin’s Solid Waste Department.
    In June 2010, while working with his partner, who is identified in court documents only as Mr. Allocco, Pruitt contended that Allocco flew into a violent rage and began beating the side of the truck.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Save America, vote Republican???

    Gentle reader, you have no doubt seen one or more of these signs and billboards somewhere in the county; possibly they are also being posted elsewhere, although we have been to Knoxville, Crossville, and Chattanooga in recent days and have not observed them any where else.

  • Oak Ridge deer hunt cancelled

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been informed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that the deer hunts scheduled Oct. 20-21 have been cancelled at the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area.

  • Oliver Springs team finds success on the lake

    Oliver Springs High School seniors Dustin Mayton and Hayden Everett represented Tennessee at the Southeastern Conference Bass Fishing Championship on Sept. 29 at Lake Wylie along the border of North and South Carolina.

  • East Tennessee Sportswriters Poll

    CLASS 1A

    1. Greenback (7-1) 64 (8 1st place votes)

    2. Coalfield (7-0)  62 (6)

  • TVAA rolls through week 7

    The Oliver Springs football program has had a great two weeks in the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association. The Bobcats swept Kingston in week 6 and then swept Midway in the seventh week. 

  • Busy Friday for Roane County teams

    Friday night will be a busy night for Roane County football fans, as the county’s five high school teams will be playing at five different places.