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Today's News

  • ‘Service Above Self’ more than motto for Tanaka

    When Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan visits Oak Ridge next week, Rotarians in the city’s three clubs will recognize him as a great role model.

    Tanaka has demonstrated the Rotary motto “Service above Self” many times. He declared “Peace through Service” as his theme and is planning international peace forums in Berlin, Germany, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Hiroshima, Japan.

  • The Garden Gate: Romany people appreciate spring

    The Romany people — usually referred to as gypsies — are descendants of an ancient  warrior class of northern India.

    They traveled west around the year 1000 A.D. Migrating through Persia and Armenia, their travels took them into Europe and, much later, the Americas.

    Today, the Roma people are scattered all over the world. Their lifestyle is largely nomadic and greatly influenced by the effect this has had on their culinary ways.

  • General Sessions Court: Nov. 13-30, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 13 — Billy J. Johnson, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Rocky Wayne King, seat belt 18 and older. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    Nov. 15 — Christopher J. Wheat, capias for failure to appear court date. Recalled capias by office.

  • DAR honors Largen for conservation

    Presenting Gerald Largen with his National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Award and Medal are Avery Trace DAR chapter members, from left, Honorary Regent Jane McPherson, Rosemary Alexander, Gertie Day, Nancy Herhold, Avery Trace Regent Brenda McDonald, Dixie Mason, Honorary Regent Joyce Tidwell, Darleen Trent, Annabelle Harvey and Janice Black.

  • Property Transfers: Oct. 9-16, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Oct. 9-16:
    • From Housing and Urban Development of Washington and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Jessica Mahaffey by deed, Dist. 2, city of Oliver Springs, Lot 1, $85,100.

    • From Robert William Ott and Carol Ann Ott to Gayle Treadway Evans by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 28.9 acres, Hwy. 72, $193,000.

  • THP to conduct March license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct three driver license roadside safety checkpoints in March.

    The first will be from 8 to 9 a.m. March 1 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    A second checkpoint will be from 1 to 2 p.m. March 8 on Pine Ridge Road at the railroad tracks.

    The final one will be from 10 to 11 p.m. March 22 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road.

  • RiverSharks home from Hog’s Breath gig

    RiverSharks members — Mike Shannon, lead vocals and guitar; Roger Deal, lead guitar; Kenny Deal, vocals and keyboards; Greg Campbell, vocals and bass guitar; and Dale Barnard, drums — recently returned from their second weeklong engagement at the world-famous Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, Fla.

    The RiverSharks is a country-rock band based in Roane County.

    Shannon, the band’s founder, said the best part of the engagement was “all our fans from Tennessee who traveled to Key West to hear us play."

  • GUEST OPINION: When do student prayers cross the line?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t.

    If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators charged with figuring out if and when to draw the line on student prayers.

  • Gridlock deals Congress out of policy-making

    Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling.

    But don’t let that one episode fool you.

    As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthcoming budget cuts known as the “sequester,” it’s a reminder that Congress and the White House have a complicated legislative agenda ahead.

    The big issue, of course, will be the budget and fiscal affairs.

    Can we get our fiscal house in order?

  • More popular Ladd Park needs, drumroll ... even more parking

    With Ladd Park shaping up as first-rate outdoor recreational facility, Kingston officials have found themselves in a strange predicament: possessed with an ample waterfront but with an inadequate supply of dry land.

    To be more specific, they lacked the kind of dry land with parking spaces on it. And having the nicest park facility in the world is useless if it can’t accommodate those who would come to visit it.