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Today's News

  • Assembly rights have limits that may be tested

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The First Amendment’s guarantee of the right of assembly doesn’t necessarily include a right to camp out.

    “The Constitution doesn’t protect tents,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said recently, as Occupy Wall Street protesters continued their month-long vigil at Zuccotti Park. “It protects speech and assembly.”
    Bloomberg has it right, although the quasi-private nature of this particular park complicates things a bit.

  • Dispelling myths about work, intellectual disabilities

    By JIM HENRY
    Special to Roane County News
    The ability to shape your own destiny is what sets America apart.

    To be able to pursue the American Dream while performing your chosen vocation is a privilege that many people take for granted. The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and our community partners support approximately 8,000 Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities to live, work and to be a part of their communities.

  • Tight spot lands school bus in Harriman ditch

    Several students suffered minor injuries after a bus went into a ditch Monday afternoon on Hassler Mill Road near Harriman.

    Trooper Robert Woody said the accident happened around 3:55 p.m. Monday.

    Nine students were taken for medical treatment.

    Woody said one went to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The remaining eight were taken to Roane Medical Center either by ambulance or by family.

    “I think they were all released fairly quickly,” Woody said.

    Woody said the narrowness of the winding road may have been a factor.

  • Regular season ends Friday night

    The final week of the regular season is here and it should be a wild one as all five county teams could still make the playoffs.

    Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Kingston have secured their postseason berth, but Harriman and Midway still have work to do.

  • Tigers/Waves set for Friday

    The high school football game between Midway and Rockwood will be played Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

  • Under construction

    It may be a while before Roane Medical occupies its new home, but some folks are hard at work to see that the Midtown move is right on schedule.

  • Holiday lighting offered at Gala auction

    The 2011 Roane Alliance Gala on Nov. 4 marks the event’s 10th year  and has some of its more unique auction items ever.

    This year’s Cabaret theme is expected to add to the fun.

    Pam May, The Alliance’s tourism and marketing manager, calls the  registered, breeding-quality female English Bulldog, “appropriately named Roxy, one of the more adorable auction items we have ever had.”

  • Heritage group gets $2,500 in grant $$$

    East Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of thoughtful giving — neighbors caring for neighbors — in 2011.

    To mark the occasion and to demonstrate what it does in its 25-county service area, the Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to a nonprofit agency in each of the counties it serves.

    The Roane County recipient of the grant is the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    The Heritage Commission, established in 1974, was deeded the old historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at the time of its founding.

  • Writing seminar planned

    Humor columnist Judy DiGregorio will conduct a workshop on Oct. 29 in the Anderson County United Way office at 161 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    The event, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is the Tennessee Mountain Writers fall workshop.

    Using humorous readings and short writing assignments, DiGregorio will explore the purpose of humor, review the different types and styles of humor, teach participants about what makes people laugh, and identify possible markets for humor writing.

  • Watch the fall foliage, and watch out for ticks

    It’s autumn in Tennessee, and the state’s abundant natural resources are beckoning people to the woods — to hunt, hike or enjoy the beauty of fall foliage.

    And that means potential exposure to blacklegged ticks, which could be carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

    At the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, ecological researchers are engaged in a four-year National Science Foundation-funded study of ticks and the risks they pose for transmitting several diseases.