Today's News

  • Schools for sale – cheap?

    The Roane County Board of Education is moving ahead with the auction of two schools, setting minimum bids for Walnut Hill and Dyllis elementary schools.
    Walnut Hill closed after the 2010-11 school year and Dyllis closed last summer.
    The board also plans to auction 2.32 acres of vacant land it owns off Eureka Road near Rockwood.
    The board voted to set the minimum bid for Walnut Hill at $25,000 and the minimum bid for Dyllis at $70,000.
    The minimum bid on the Eureka property was set at $5,000.

  • Lawyer fees not paid for Evans accuser

    Rockwood City Council paid the legal fees of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans after she was accused of ethics violations.
    But when a request was made to pay the fees of the former city employee who accused her, it was no-go.
    No one even made a motion to be voted on in the matter.
    City Attorney Greg Leffew, who had said in May that he would come back with a legal opinion, recommended not making any payments of legal fees for former City Recorder Jim Hines.

  • Horse Expo gets good start

    A small but enthusiastic crowd of horse lovers attended the inaugural Tennessee Equine Expo on Saturday at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at  Roane State Community College.
    Eight different horse specialists were on hand to demonstrate their talents at the outdoor arena.
    Expo organizer Bill Anderson estimates around 500 people attended the daylong event.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: This motorcycle mama born to be mild

    I wrote last week about taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and getting my license.
    What I didn’t mention in that column was that I bought a motorcycle a few days before the class began.
    I’d been scanning ads for a few months and had made a handful of calls. I’d even looked at a promising bike  — a Suzuki Boulevard 800 a man was selling in Oak Ridge.
    I also stopped at a couple of dealers, which is where I found my bike.

  • Lawyer lands behind bars

    Attorney Spence Bruner of Roane County was arrested for contempt of court on Wednesday.
    According to an order from the Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville, Bruner was ordered to appear before a panel of the court on Sept. 18.
    The court directed that a warrant be issued for his arrest after he failed to show up.
    Bruner, of 211 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, was booked into the Roane County Jail at 11:16 a.m. He was released a short time later on a $5,000 bond.

  • OUR OPINION: Transparency a requirement for democracy

    This week the Texas Supreme Court upheld the state’s Open Meetings Law, ruling against a group of city council members who argued that limiting their discussion of public business to open meetings violated their own rights to free speech.

    It was an important ruling, because, unlike Tennessee, Texas law holds criminal penalties for those who violate Open Meetings Law.

    “Transparency is furthered by allowing the public to have access to government decision making,” the court said. In other words, in a democracy, voters need to be in on the discussion and debate

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Wise folks will use their heads and vote for Headrick

    When writing for publication, there are sad stories, and there are happy stories, and on rare occasions there are stories that are both sad and happy at the same time.

    The story of the death of William D. Patterson is one of these: It is, of course, sad for those of us who are left behind when a loved one leaves us, but it is happy when one realizes that this object of our affectionate regard is no longer subject to the ills and unpleasantness that befalls most of us in old age.

  • Roane County dairy produces organic milk

    Little bare feet, brown with dust, as children explore the expanse of farmland that is their heritage.

    That is the vision Chuck and Julie Johnston have for their three children. It’s also one of the reasons they bought their dairy, which is part of Organic Valley, the largest farmer-owned organic cooperative.

    “We wanted our kids to grow up this way,” said Julie Johnston, who, with Chuck, has been on the farm for nine years now. “We bought all our equipment and bought our cows.”

  • Lady Jackets capture district title

    Monday was a big day for the Kingston Lady Jackets golf team as the Connie Guinn’s squad won the District 4-A/AA Tournament held at Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa.

  • Three unbeaten in TVAA

    With half of the regular season gone, three teams in the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association sit alone at the top of the standings. 

    The Harriman mighty mites are 5-0 after a win last Saturday. Oliver Springs, the team that lost to the Blue Devils, is 4-1.