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Today's News

  • Three file to challenge Hurley

    Lackluster showings by Democrats in recent elections have allowed Republicans to capture sizable majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives.
    The dominance hasn’t scared off one local Democrat from seeking state office, however.
    “I have an extensive history of working with children, and children are popular everywhere,” said Jack McNew, a Harriman resident and past chairman for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.
    McNew is running for House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

  • $1.25 million loan needed to comply with order

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas wants to borrow $1.25 million to build an oxidation ditch required for the city’s sewer system under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “We have basically been able to tiptoe around that and defer it and put it off and have the order pushed out, but the day is here to do that,” said board Chairman Darryl Meadows. “We have no choice. We have to comply with that order.”

  • Sheriff’s office hours changing on Monday

    From staff reports
    Hours are changing for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    Beginning Monday, April 9, the business office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
    The change will not affect inmate visitation hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
    The business office and inmate visitation will be closed for all government holidays.
    The sheriff’s office is at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.
    For non-emergencies after office hours, call 354-8045. For emergencies, call 911.

  • Inside the First Amendment: Public info needs context, interpretation

    By Gene Policinski
    First Amendment Center
    The recently announced move by Encyclopaedia Britannica to end its print editions after 244 years of publishing came by happenstance in the middle of Sunshine Week, an annual campaign nationwide in support of freedom of information.

    The great general reference work for many generations will continue in digital form, like so much of the news, information, literature and art of our age.

  • WRITE LIKE a GIRL: Now you see it, now you don’t

    I just celebrated a birthday.

    Never mind which one — and don’t you dare try to guess. Those of you who know are sworn to secrecy.

    It started me thinking about the aging process and the running and ducking from Mother Nature that’s commenced.

    Figuratively speaking, of course, because any time I entertain the notion of running or even donning high heels, my bum knee whispers, “Are you SURE you want to do that?”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Paul Ryan’s budget may have sealed GOP fate

    Note: Longtime readers will recall that a couple of seasons back we wrote of a white-flowered Paulownia (Princess tree) located on Highway 72 just above Paint Rock.

    On the way back from Vonore Wednesday morning, we passed the site of the tree and are pleased to report that it was in full flower.

  • Ben*Jam sweeps music awards on state, national level

    Rockwood-based Southern Gospel band  Ben*Jam received three major awards at the recent 2012 North American Country Music Association International.

    The band picked up honors for most promising band, most promising songwriter and Horizon album at the March event in Pigeon Forge.

    Ben*Jam also did well at the Tennessee Country and Gospel Music Association, with wins for best album, best video, Horizon vocalist, two-time best songwriter and most promising band.

  • Humane Society goes green to help pets
  • Sheriff’s office hours changing on Monday

    Hours are changing for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Beginning Monday, April 9, the business office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    The change will not affect inmate visitation hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

    The business office and inmate visitation will be closed for all government holidays.

    The sheriff’s office is at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.

    For non-emergencies after office hours, call 354-8045. For emergencies, call 911.

  • Crusaders for Christ bearing cross on Saturday

    Christians in Roane County are again picking up the cross this weekend in their third annual Crusaders for Christ trek from Rockwood to Kingston.

    Participants carrying the cross this year will meet at 9 a.m. April 7 at Paradise Baptist Church, Rockwood, and make the 14.1-mile trek to Kingston First Baptist Church at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    “We sent out packets to the faith-based community and asked for their participation,” said Tony Ruff, student pastor at Potter’s House in Kingston.