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Today's News

  • America’s favorite freedom involves words, not bullets

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    What is America’s favorite freedom?  It’s freedom of speech by a wide margin, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey.
    About 47 percent of those polled in the First Amendment Center survey said freedom of speech is the most important right, almost five times the number citing second-choice freedom of religion, named by 10 percent.

  • Rockwood changes leadership

    Rockwood has a new vice mayor.
    Rockwood Mayor James Watts recommended Jason Jolly take over the position that Councilwoman Peggy Evans had held since she was the top vote getter in her election.

    Jolly was joined by council members Jane Long, Pete Wright and James Nuckols in voting himself into the seat.
    Evans argued to continue in the role.
    “I think what I have done justifies extending this term, but if you don’t want to, that is fine,” Evans said.

  • Hawkins’ star shines

    Christian Hawkins was pleased just to make it to the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City.
    The rising Roane County High School senior was ecstatic to find out he placed fourth in the three-and-a-half hour advertising design competition held in late June.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” Hawkins said. “That gives me a lot of potential for next year.
    SkillsUSA features an array of competitions for various skills from computers to cosmetology.

  • Man charged in severe beating

    Six officers were sent to Ten Mile to arrest Daniel Phillip Thompson, 39, on domestic aggravated assault charges.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the officers were sent on July 18 to McElhaney Road to look for Thompson.
    “We received instructions from Captain (Tim) Hawn via radio not to go to the subject’s house due to the report of the weapons that he possibly had,” the report said. “Captain Hawn advised to catch him as he was leaving in his vehicle.”

  • Aytes’ schools contract extended

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 10-0 last week to give Director of Schools Gary Aytes a two-year contract extension.

    Prior to the vote, Aytes had one-year left on a two-year contract that was set to expire on June 30, 2014.
    With the extension the contract will run through June 30, 2016. Board Member Wade McCullough said the terms of the contract are not changing. 
    “It’s the same contract,” McCullough said. “It’s a two-year extension to June 30, 2016.”

  • State creates new online form for veterans cemetery

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.
     Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations. 

  • Wilderness first aid course offered

    Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare Education Department will host a wilderness first aid course at Oliver Springs High School.
    The $125 course includes three sessions: July 30 from 6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 1 from 6-9:30 p.m. and Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The course is for the outdoor enthusiast with no medical background.
    In 16 hours, students will learn important aspects of patient assessment, using extremity splints, evaluating spinal injuries and how to handle some crucial environmental problems.

  • The Garden Gate: Salt has been and continues to be vital today

    Salt is important.  It is the only rock we eat. It has seasoned our foods for thousands of years and been used in countless other ways for a long time.  

    It is mentioned in many places in the Bible, and is, as it has always been, a necessary part of our lives. Salt has many powers.  The interplay of salt and water is essential to life itself, and a proper salt balance is vital to our well being.

  • ACAC competes at Pilot meet

    “All I can say is wow. I don’t recall the last time we had a meet this fantastic,” Coach Mike Bowman said.
    ACAC swimmers posted best times in 73 percent of their swims. Mason Fischer (8) was a first time qualifier for Southeasterns in three events in the girls 10-Under division.
    “She’s only eight and making nine and 10 year old times, just like Jake Mason and other boys her age did last fall,” said the Coach.

  • Morgan receives scholar-athlete award