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Today's News

  • Midway’s Keeling McGlasson honoree

    Austin Keeling, a 2012 Midway High School graduate, is this year’s recipient of the Betty McGlasson FCE Scholarship to Roane State Community College.

    Family and Community Education clubs were formerly known as Home Demonstration or Homemakers.

    Joann Silvis is president of the Roane County FCE organization.

    The scholarship serves as a tribute to the late McGlasson, a longtime Roane County Extension agent.

    The annual Christmas Ideas Fair in November raises money for this scholarship.

  • GUEST OPINION: Passionate debate on ideology a good thing in schools

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    No doubt it’s more efficient to run a school without any disruption, complaint or controversy.

    But does an absence of challenges, conflicts or intellectual collisions automatically make a school better? Make teaching more effective?

    Learning any more likely to occur?

    James Yoakley, an 11th-grade English teacher at Lenoir City High School in eastern Tennessee, was transferred recently to Lenoir City Middle to teach eighth-grade English — in a move that

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Misreading Wisconsin recall vote’s meaning

    Last week demonstrated once again how narrow and how uniform is the view of the “Chattering Class” in the news media, and likewise how like a pack of fox-hunting hounds they are in the main.

    If one of them thinks he or she has detected the vulpine scent, off said detector goes, baying as loudly as possible, and all the rest of the little chatterers goes a-baying after him, whether any scent be detected or not.

  • Alexander takes stand for clean air, says it will help with jobs, economy

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said he would vote to uphold a new federal clean air rule “because healthier air means better jobs for Tennesseans — every one of Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas is struggling to meet standards that govern whether industries can acquire the air quality permits to locate here.”

  • Big game hunt application period under way

    The application period for all Wildlife Management Area (WMA) 2012 Big Game Quota Hunts will run from June 13 through July 25, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced.

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  • Ingram giving back with camp

    Oliver Springs boys basketball coach Tony Ingram has won district titles and been to the TSSAA State Tournament, but one thing he has always wanted to do was host a basketball camp for area kids as a way to give back to the Bobcat community. 

  • Homeless woman finds ‘angels’

    hen a pint-sized young woman approached Kingston First Baptist Church about needing a ride and attending church, it didn’t take long for people to realize she really needed much more.
    Two people in particular stepped up to help Stacy, an affable special-needs woman who had traveled to Tennessee from Mississippi. She was living in a motel when she first went to the Kingston church in late January.
    Jenny Tippens and Stacy Byrd were honored recently for that help by Jim Henry, commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

  • Man dies in truck accident

    STAFF REPORTS
    Poplar Creek was the site of a fatal truck wreck on Friday.
    The accident happened around 8:30 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James D. Finks was traveling north on Hwy. 327 in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck.
    The truck, according to the THP, drove off the left side of the roadway, striking a guardrail and railroad overpass.
    The truck overturned onto its top into Poplar Creek. The report said it was fully submerged.
    Finks, 53, had an Old Harriman Highway address.

  • Woods suicide after unemployment loss

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and chief appraiser Melvin Moore testified against J.T. Woods at an unemployment hearing the day before Woods committed suicide outside of Kirkham’s home.
    According to records released in the case by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Kirkham filed an appeal against the payment of benefits to Woods on May 10.  
    The hearing was held in Knoxville on May 30. An appeals tribunal reviewed the record in the case and determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.