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Today's News

  • Ethics charges against Peggy Evans dismissed

    The ethics complaint filed against Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has been dismissed.
    Both outgoing recorder Jim Hines, who filed the complaint, and Evans say it was a technicality that led to the dismissal by Oliver Springs Judge Joe Van Hook.
    “It never even got to the deposition stage, and the rightness or wrongness of the charges was not even considered,” Hines said.
    Van Hook said he felt the city council didn’t comply with the code of ethics.

  • Roane gets TDEC grant for used oil

    STAFF REPORTS
    The state is giving out $189,550 in used motor oil collection grants.
    Of the 15 counties set to benefit from the funds, Roane County is receiving the second highest allotment at $24,600.
    According to a press release from the Tennesssee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennesseans who change their own motor oil produce more than 1 million gallons of used oil every year.
    If not properly disposed, the oil can have a negative impact on the environment. 

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Road trip? Perhaps, but then where to go?

    I’m back on track with my dog-walking this week, thanks to our recent spring-like interlude.
    It has felt good to be in the sunshine.
    January seems to be flying by more quickly than usual, in part because of the more temperate winter weather.
    I figure winter will whomp its hammer down on us at some point; like cats, the extreme seasons toy with us before they really mess us up.
    For now, I’m really enjoying not freezing half to death.

  • Free tax preparation available at United Way starting on Monday

    The Roane County United Way will offer its annual free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Assistance program starting Jan. 30.

    Now in its ninth season, VITA provides free federal tax assistance and electronic filing. These services include Earned Income Tax Credit, student loan deductions and Child Tax Credit and more.

    VITA offers taxpayers an alternative to have their returns prepared and e-filed by knowledgeable volunteers at no cost.

  • DOE cleanup topic at next League luncheon

    Former American Museum of Science and Energy director Steve Stow will discuss the environmental cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Oak Ridge Reservation during an upcoming meeting of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The meeting, Lunch with the League, starts at noon Feb. 7 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.

  • College Goal Tenn. teaches students about financial aid

    Tennessee high school seniors and parents will have opportunities to hear about applying and paying for college by attending College Goal Tennessee.

    College Goal Tennessee offers students and parents completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, expert assistance from hundreds of professionals in the financial aid, admissions, secondary, and higher education communities.

  • School calendars for next 2 years unveiled

    The Roane County Board of Education had another lengthy school calendar discussion last week.

    Longtime Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller, who thinks the county starts school too early, once again found himself on the losing end of the debate.

    The board approved the 2012-13 calendar by an 8-2 vote.

    Rob Jago joined Miller in voting against it.

    “You know how I am about the calendar,” Miller said. “I just don't think we ought to start until after Labor Day.”

  • Duck, duck, goose
  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Evil little thing’ gets lesson in religious freedom

    By Charles C. Haynes
    First Amendment Center
     At the tender age of 16, Jessica Ahlquist has already endured more verbal abuse than most people experience in a lifetime.

    A high school student in Cranston, R.I., Ahlquist has been taunted and threatened at school, targeted by an online hate campaign, and called “an evil little thing” by a state representative on the radio.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET By Gerald Largen: Do Republicans suffer from a ‘Death Wish?’

    We were recently told of a loyal Republican’s comment about the ongoing contest over the Republican nomination for president.

    Concerning his fellow partisans’ actions in this contest, he opined: “They’ve got a death wish!” A very perspicacious analysis we would say.