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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Welcome the new year the old way


    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Every January tradition impels us to ring in the new year with fanfare, parties and resolutions. But different cultures and religions along the way have celebrated new year’s in different ways, as well as at various times during the year.

    There is something exciting about the prospect of a new year ahead with all its questions still to be answered.

  • GUEST OPINION: Supreme court got it right 70 years ago

    By DAVID L. HUDSON JR.
    First Amendment Center
    In the United States we possess the right of political speech, including the right to criticize our political leaders and institutions. Seventy years ago — in December 1941 — the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that fundamental First Amendment principle in Bridges v. California.

    The case consolidated two separate cases involving different parties and circumstances — labor leader Harry Bridges in one, and the Los Angeles Times in the other.

  • Harriman church burglar nabbed

    A man suspected of breaking into and taking items from Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman has been taken into custody.

    Coty R. Barnwell, 22, 757 Emory Heights Road, Harriman, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office online inmate system lists his bond at $6,000 for theft and $3,000 for aggravated burglary.

    His court date is scheduled for Jan. 30.

  • A family affair

     

    KATIE HOGIN/Roane Newspapers
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam and his son, Chris, who was home for nearly two weeks from Fort Stewart, Ga., ring the Salvation Army bells at Food City with the rest of Washam’s family, including daughters Savannah, Tara and Maleah and wife, Lisa.

  • Yager bills take aim at prescription abuse

    State Sen. Ken Yager has announced that he will sponsor prescription drug abuse legislation in the 2012 legislative session to require doctors, pharmacists or their designees to check the state’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before prescribing or filling prescriptions for scheduled drugs.  

    In addition, a separate bill being drafted by Yager would require that anyone who picks up a prescription for a scheduled drug must show photo identification.

  • Tax-exempt entities may have more time to file

    Tax-exempt organizations with January and February filing due dates will have until March 30, 2012, to file their annual returns, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

    In Tennessee, approximately 1,400 organizations can take advantage of the extended filing deadline.

    The IRS is granting this extension of time to file because the part of the e-file system that processes electronically filed returns of tax-exempt organizations will be off-line during January and February.

  • Miller, Romero named TSWA Class AA All-State

    The Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class AA All-State Football Team was recently announced, and it came as no surprise that the Oliver Springs senior duo of Garrett Miller and Jordan Romero were named to the squad.

  • Coast Guard urges safety

    As wintertime ushers in freezing temperatures and icy waters, it also introduces an increased risk of boating fatalities in the event of an accident, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Although many of these fatalities cannot be attributed to one specific cause of death, cold water conditions, such as hypothermia and cold water immersion, do set the stage for many dangers not as present in the warmer months. 

  • Senior Bowlers of the Month
  • Rockwood pair top volunteers

    Roane County’s two 2011 Volunteer Stars were awarded last month.

    Michael Ann Begley and Joey Goss, both of Rockwood, were recognized for their services contributed to the community through the past year.

    Goss, a student at Rockwood High School, was the youth recipient. He has been volunteering at The Bridge at Rockwood, spending five hours there on school days and between seven and nine on the weekends.

    “I love doing it,” he said. “It’s my favorite thing.”