Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Look to the First Amendment to know the Second

    First Amendment Center
    The First Amendment right to freedom of speech and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are usually related only by their proximity in the Bill of Rights.

    But the connection actually runs much deeper. Courts are using standards from First Amendment law and applying them in Second Amendment cases.

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just did this in its Oct. 25 decision in National Rifle Association v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Whither the divided house of Republicans?

    Well, Gentle Reader, the old curmudgeon need not feel embarrassed by his prognostications that Barack Obama would be re-elected, inasmuch as he has been.

    Possibly even more impressive than the President’s win, is the fact that the Senate is firmly in control of the Democrats.

    The most perilous aspect of the election results is probably the retention of control of the House of Representatives by the Republicans.

    How did the Republican losses come about?

  • Oliver Springs to stay dry

    Oliver Springs joined many other small communities in having a referendum to allow package stores to sell alcohol in its city limits.

    Voters in the Anderson County portion of the town supported the referendum permitting package stores by three votes at 360 voting for it and 357 voting against it.

    Roane County voters, however, turned the tide in favor of not having the stores with votes of 126 for permitting package stores and 162 against it.


    Six decades after serving a nation that refused to let him fight because of the color of his skin, former U.S. Marine Albert Winton Sr. finally got some well-deserved recognition last week.

    He was awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal.

    A packed house at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood gave Winton a standing ovation as he received the nation’s highest non-combat award last Thursday night from Tennessee Commissioner of Veteran Affairs Many-Bears Grinder.

  • FCE hosts holiday ideas fair

    Members of all eight of Roane County’s Family and Community Education clubs hosted a Christmas Ideas Fair last week at Kingston.

    Proceeds from the fair, which has been an annual event since the 1950s, go toward a scholarship awarded each spring to a deserving high school senior from Roane County.

    It’s the only fundraiser of the year for the FCE groups.

    Everything is donated by the members, so 100 percent of the sale of items goes into the scholarship fund.

  • RMS splits with Wartburg

    After opening the season in the 2012 Hollis Eble Tournament, the Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers played their regular season opener at Wartburg on Monday.

  • Raiderettes ready for season

    The Roane State Community College women’s basketball team is young but determined.

    “They are so competitive with everything,” head coach Monica Boles said. 

  • Kingston faces tough foe in second round

    It’s not quite David and Goliath, but the Kingston Yellow Jackets have a tall task at hand as Blair Harrison’s squad hits the road to take on defending state champion and No. 2 ranked Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) in the second round of the TSSAA Class 3A playoffs Friday night at 7 p.m.

  • TVA ash to be left in river, plan says