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Today's News

  • School Field Trips Approved: January-February 2012

    Out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in January and February:

    Jan. 27-28 — Ten Harriman High Band students to attend TSSBDA Senior Clinic at Cocke County High School, Newport.

    Feb. 2-4 — Four Harriman High Band students to attend ETSBOA Senior Clinic in Gatlinburg.

    Feb. 10-11 — Roane County High wrestling team to compete in regional tournament at Bradley County High

  • Juniors can win for college by attending Career Day ’12

    More than 550 Roane County high school juniors annually attend Career Exploration Day, and it’s paid off in more ways than one for select students over the past two years.

    “Students can receive more than career information from the Roane County High Schools Career Exploration Day,” said Allen Lutz, The Roane Alliance’s education and workforce specialist. “They can receive a $250 scholarship awarded by Diversified Scientific Services Inc., a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services.”

  • Getting all gussied up
  • VW center set to break ground

    A groundbreaking ceremony for Volkswagen’s parts distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park is scheduled for March 13.

    Carsten Krebs, director of corporate communications for Volkswagen, said the company looks forward to working with Roane County.

    “We are quite excited about this,” he said. “We have had really good conversations, and we get the feeling it’s a really good partnership.”

    County officials are equally as excited.

  • Rockwood again under state scrutiny

    Taking steps to eliminate the fund balance deficit is just one of several items the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has told Rockwood officials they need to remedy.

    In a Feb. 16 letter, auditor Marcee Burnett of the Comptroller’s Division of Municipal Audit wrote that she did a limited review of the annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.

    “The report disclosed that the general fund had an ending deficit fund balance of $195,544 at year end,” she wrote.

  • Plea deal in works for man accused of raping 4-year-old

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old is close to reaching a plea deal, according to lawyers involved in the case.

    David L. Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of child rape.

    “We think we’re close in negotiations to settle that,” Dodd attorney Chris Cawood said. “If there is a settlement it will probably be on Monday.”

    Cawood wouldn’t discuss what kind of deal is in the works.

    “I can’t really disclose it now, until we see everything in writing,” he said.

  • Early Dunn director Harris now has home named in her honor

    Michael Dunn Center has grown from its humble beginnings in a small church space to its current location, the number of employees, service recipients and services, all tended under the leadership of former executive director Eileen Harris.

    Michael Dunn Center past and present employees, service recipients and community members recognized that dedication last week by naming one of its service-recipient residents in Harris’ honor.

  • GUEST OPINION:St. Louis case: When is a sign free speech?

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    In declining to review a ruling that invalidated a St. Louis sign ordinance, the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand an opinion that both supports freedom of speech and reinforces the core values of the First Amendment.

    In 2007, Jim Roos had a 360-ft.-square mural posted on the side of an apartment building.

    Its message: “End eminent domain abuse.”

    The city of St. Louis said the sign was too large and ordered Roos to take it down, leading to a court battle.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Facing plain truths about oil prices, and Islam

    Well, here we go again, kind reader, — caught up in the net of nefariousness woven by the big oil companies and their Wall Street speculator/bail-out beneficiary, allies — in a constantly escalating upwards ride in the gasoline price balloon.

    Remember last time, when all the wise talking heads “explained” to us dummkopfs how the price rise was all simply an aspect of the free enterprise system, governed by the law of supply and demand?

  • New hunting, fishing licenses on sale

    The 2012-13 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale. Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional offices, license agents and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.