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Today's News

  • THP to conduct March license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct three driver license roadside safety checkpoints in March.

    The first will be from 8 to 9 a.m. March 1 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    A second checkpoint will be from 1 to 2 p.m. March 8 on Pine Ridge Road at the railroad tracks.

    The final one will be from 10 to 11 p.m. March 22 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road.

  • RiverSharks home from Hog’s Breath gig

    RiverSharks members — Mike Shannon, lead vocals and guitar; Roger Deal, lead guitar; Kenny Deal, vocals and keyboards; Greg Campbell, vocals and bass guitar; and Dale Barnard, drums — recently returned from their second weeklong engagement at the world-famous Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, Fla.

    The RiverSharks is a country-rock band based in Roane County.

    Shannon, the band’s founder, said the best part of the engagement was “all our fans from Tennessee who traveled to Key West to hear us play."

  • GUEST OPINION: When do student prayers cross the line?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t.

    If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators charged with figuring out if and when to draw the line on student prayers.

  • Gridlock deals Congress out of policy-making

    Earlier this year, it seemed there might be some hope for Capitol Hill when Congress dealt easily with raising the debt ceiling.

    But don’t let that one episode fool you.

    As President Obama and House Republicans circle each other over the forthcoming budget cuts known as the “sequester,” it’s a reminder that Congress and the White House have a complicated legislative agenda ahead.

    The big issue, of course, will be the budget and fiscal affairs.

    Can we get our fiscal house in order?

  • More popular Ladd Park needs, drumroll ... even more parking

    With Ladd Park shaping up as first-rate outdoor recreational facility, Kingston officials have found themselves in a strange predicament: possessed with an ample waterfront but with an inadequate supply of dry land.

    To be more specific, they lacked the kind of dry land with parking spaces on it. And having the nicest park facility in the world is useless if it can’t accommodate those who would come to visit it.

  • Rockwood budget is fill-in-the-blank

    A blank slate. Rockwood officials essentially are getting one this month.

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe created a document of budget expenditures and revenues for council members to fill in the blanks for what they would like to see the city spend in each line item.

    Members of the finance committee got theirs at the recent comittee meeting. The forms include budget figures for previous years and information about the actual budget expenses in recent years.

  • Lady Bulldogs knock off Harriman, 53-37

    For a half of basketball, the Harriman Lady Blue Devils had the District 4-A champion Wartburg Lady Bulldogs reeling on the proverbial ropes, gasping for air. 

  • Midway falls at Sunbright, 63-54

    Led by the 1-2 punch of seniors Kyle Gunter and Tyler Seabolt, the Sunbright Tigers picked up their first region win in 11 years, overwhelming Coach Darrell Ruffner and his Midway squad Saturday night in round one of the Region 2-A Tournament. 

    Gunter and Seabolt combined for 50 points in a 63-54 win at the Tiger den.

  • Blue Devils hold off Bobcats, 64-62

    Not many teams have been able to slow down Harriman’s Xavier Howard this season and last Saturday night was no exception for the Oliver Springs Bobcats in the first round of the Region 2-A tournament at Harriman. What the Bobcats did though was almost outscore Howard and the rest of the Blue Devils. Harriman did hold on to get a 64-62 win, but the game’s final quarter was a hair raising experience for the Blue Devils.

  • Lady ‘Cats hold off Midway, 40-34

    It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats kept their season alive Friday night with a 40-34 victory at Midway in the opening round of the Region 2-A Tournament.