Today's News

  • Births: Aug. 22-Oct. 16, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Aug. 23 — Amber and Allen Griffis, Kingston. A girl, Alyssa Randi, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Siblings: Peyton and Makayla. Grandparents: Randy and Brenda Griffis.

    Aug. 26 — Stephanie and Darrell Watkins, Harriman. A girl, Ava Grace, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Siblings: Bailey and Cooper. Grandparents: Sidney and Maxine Watkins; Don and Mildred Russell; Sharon Holt.

  • Divorces: May 24-June 28, 2012

    Divorces granted May 24-June 28 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    • Jessica Anne Torres Sands vs. Charles Anthony Sands

    • Miranda Hendrix Goss vs. Wesley Matthew Goss

    • Tony L. Bostic vs. Amy Parker Bostic

    • Jeffrey R. Abbott vs. Christy Stanley Abbott

    • Lydia Marneva Swint vs. Kevin Thomas Swint

    • Ashley Lynn Jones vs. Jonathan Paul Jones

  • GUEST OPINION: Football/prayer: It’s all about an even playing field

    First Amendment Center
    You can throw a Hail Mary at a public school football game, but you can’t actually hail Mary.

    That distinction is at the heart of a flurry of incidents this fall in which public universities and high schools are being challenged for conducting prayers before football games.

    In recent months:
    The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga announced that it would no longer hold public prayers before football games, while the UT campus in Knoxville said it was retaining them at Neyland Stadium.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Republicans were right about voter fraud

    Let us begin, gentle reader, with a bit of housekeeping.

  • Pinnacle Pointe access an issue with potential new businesses

    A street in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping development in central Roane County is another step closer to being opened to other parcels.

    Pinnacle Drive, which is part of litigation between the city of Harriman and developers over who owes whom for public and private work done at the development, has been a hot topic since the owner of a neighboring parcel has requested help in getting access to the shopping complex.

    The city is moving forward with the steps needed to condemn the Midtown-area property between the road and that owner’s land.

  • Ruppe rewarded for job well done

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe got a bump in pay from a grateful Rockwood City Council that feels she has gone beyond the call of duty to get the city’s finances improved.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a $5,000-increase in pay that officials said would not require adjustments to the budget.

    Councilman Bill Thompson gave Ruppe the biggest thump on the back with his praise for her work.

    “Since February, there has been a lot of things happen around here, and I think they have been good things,” Thompson said.

  • More trouble for embattled lawyer

    Attorney Spence Bruner of Roane County could find himself in more trouble following Tuesday’s decision by the Court of Criminal Appeals to hold him in contempt of court.

    “The Board of Professional Responsibility will be notified,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Bruner has been disciplined by the board on several occasions.

  • East Tennessee Sportswriters Poll

    CLASS 1A

    1. Greenback (8-1) 53 (9 1st place votes)

    2. Coalfield (8-1) 46 (2)

  • TVAA season coming to a close

    The dust began to settle after the ninth week of the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association games last Saturday. 

  • Lady Highlanders end Kingston's season


    The Mountain Press