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Today's News

  • VEC grants for Midway youth
  • Out to lunch by Bethel Poston: Jefferson Soda Fountain another well kept Oak Ridge secret

    My wife, Carol, and I grew up in the “Secret City” — Oak Ridge.  Part of our education was, “What you see and hear here, stays here.”
    Evidently our former Oak Ridge High School classmates practiced this by not telling us about the Jefferson Soda Fountain until our recent reunion.   Janet Harlan and Marjorie Matthews both suggested our committee have lunch there.

    Rolland Carvel “Dudley” Hoskins opened the Oak Ridge Hoskins Drug Store in 1944 at this location, 22 North Jefferson Circle.

  • Tigers complete 7-on-7 scrimmages

    It's only one week until high school teams across the state of Tennessee put on the pads in preparation for the 2011 season.

  • Kingston rolls in opener, 13-3

    It took the Kingston All-Stars a couple of innings to get going in their Dixie Youth O Zone State Tournament opener against Dyersburg, but once the Jackets got going there was no stopping them as Kingston rolled to a 13-3 victory in only four innings.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A trudge to the mountaintop — the long way up

    My 17-pound pack, filled with water, lunch and rain gear, felt downright light as I plodded 9 miles uphill to the top of Mount LeConte.

    After all, several years ago I was in failing health and my own weight was about double what it is now.

    I could not have imagined then, while recovering from thyroid cancer and its complications, that I would be able to tackle this peak — my own personal Mount Everest of the Smokies.

  • Schools may seek more money in 2012

    Roane Countians could be asked to contribute more to schools in 2012 due to an anticipated $1.3 million reduction in state funding.   

    “There will be some substantial potential cuts in education or a substantial request for a property tax increase next year,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Discussion about the amount of local funding Roane County

    Schools already receive came up during this year’s budget process.

  • Schools: Or will cuts do the trick?

    Roane County Schools are facing a $1.3 million cut in state funding next year, according to school officials.

    “It’s in effect this year, but we’re in the hold-harmless, so it actually takes effect 2012-13 budget,” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

    School system business manager Eric Harbin said the cut stems from a decrease in students and a reduction in the capital component of the state’s Basic Education Program.

  • Rockwood assistant fire chief dies of cancer

    The Rockwood Fire Department is mourning the death of assistant fire chief Rondal McNeal.

    He died from cancer on Tuesday.  

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said the loss has been difficult for the station.

    “Everybody is just trying to stay strong for his family,” he said.

    Wertz said McNeal had been employed with the city of Rockwood since 1972.

    He started out in the street department before moving to the fire department.

  • Armory sells, but buyer is a surprise

    The current occupant of the Harriman National Guard Armory building will need to begin searching for a new home.

    “They (the Harriman Industrial Development Board) have done their first transaction by selling the armory,” announced Councilman Lonnie Wright at a recent Harriman City Council workshop.

    The board was originally set to sign a contract with J.R. Global, the company that has been leasing the armory building, for $150,000.

  • Bipartisan effort on budget mess is appreciated

    We were pleased to see that Lamar Alexander, the U.S. senator from Tennessee, was one of a handful of elected officials working in a bipartisan fashion to end the national budget standoff that has been threatening to crumble our economy.
    These are shaky economic times, and while blancing the budget sounds good, cutting spending and programs now could easily send our situation into the kind of crash that could wreak worldwide disaster.
    Alexander and his “Gang of Six” senators are to be commended for putting the American people ahead of political lines.