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Today's News

  • BOW workshop set for Oct. 4-6

     

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the first Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Extreme Workshop Oct. 4-6 at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

  • Cherokee suffers first loss

     

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets took their lumps Thursday night in a 44-8 defeat by the Robertsville Middle School Rams. 

    It didn't take long for Robertsville to score, taking two plays to cover 84 yards with Tre Jackson scoring from 70 yards out. 

  • Kelly leads OSMS past Harriman, 42-16

     

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats played their first game without team captain Landon Everett Thursday night and the result was a convincing 42-16 victory over Harriman at D.J. Brittan Field.

    Everett was injured the week before and Bobcat head coach Larry Green said the team wanted to play well for their sidelined leader.

  • Grandsparents celebrated at Midtown Elementary

      Extra smiles and giggles filled Midtown Elementary’s cafeteria last week as grandparents enjoyed lunch with their grandchildren to celebrate Grandparents Day.
       “This is a big day for us,” Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown, said “The children have been so excited and looking forward to it.”
       Quentin Kolski, fifth grader, enjoyed a Thanksgiving style lunch with his Nana and Papaw Tuesday.
       This was Frank and Pat Kolski’s first time visiting Quentin’s school.

  • Prescriptions for cold meds won’t prompt drug cartels, DA insists

    A scare tactic, or a legitimate concern?
    That’s part of the debate surrounding law enforcement’s effort to make people get a prescription to buy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Carlos Gutierrez, senior director of state government affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, said violent Mexican drug cartels are one of the repercussions of prescription-only pseudoephedrine laws.  

  • Mayor eyes change to ‘pass’ vote

    Potential changes to the Rockwood City Charter will be discussed by city officials this week.
    “We aren’t talking about a great deal of changes, per se,” said Mayor James Watts.
    “What we are looking at, as you know, we changed our election date. Our charter says our election will be held in June. That kind of thing.”
    The Rockwood City Council workshop on the charter will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Closed roadway not all it’s cracked up to be?

    Wanda Smith regularly traveled Airport Road until recently, when Roane County Highway Department closed the road to through traffic.
    The Morgan County businesswoman, who owns the Trading Post in Pine Orchard, is anxious to see the road repaired. She cites the inconvenience of traveling extra miles through Westel or taking Interstate 40.
    “I have a business on Airport Road,” she said. We have to travel all the way around Westel all the way around to get to the bank in Rockwood.
    “I’m not the only one.”

  • Leon’s trial put off again

    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. continues to allow Leon Houston to delay his federal trial.
    Houston was scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 24 on a charge of possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
    Prior to this month, two previous trial dates had been postponed.  
    Houston filed a motion last week to continue the Sept. 24 trial.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not object, and it was moved to Nov. 4.
    Houston’s trial on a second charge of threatening to kill attor-

  • Library patron booted for ‘questionable issue’ involving computer use

    Kingston Director of Library Services Steve Jacks said a patron has been suspended from the library over what he called a “questionable issue” involving one of the facility’s computers.
    “We didn’t suspend him for watching pornography — because it was never proven he was watching pornography,” Jacks said.
    “But I had staff concerns about behavior, and we decided to suspend him until the library board could talk,” he said.
    Jacks said the library board addressed the matter during a meeting on Thursday.

  • Officials worry revamped offramp could worsen traffic

    A traffic signal has already been approved for the Interstate 40 exit 350 westbound offramp, but the new design for the ramp itself has some officials worried.
    The ramp presently splits at its intersection with Pine Ridge Road in the Midtown area.
    One lane swings toward Harriman proper, while the rest of the lane continues so drivers can turn toward Hwy. 70 or go back onto the interstate.
    However, the state plans include two lanes that go straight to the red light at Pine Ridge Road.