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Today's News

  • Lady Waves roll, Green Wave falls

    The Midway Middle School Lady Green Waves opened the 2012 portion of their schedule with an impressive 50-16 win at Wartburg Thursday night.

    The news wasn’t as good for Midway in the final game of the evening as Wartburg pulled out a 40-39 victory.

  • Cherokee swept by North Middle

    On a night where shots just weren't falling for the Cherokee faithful, the Lady Jackets dropped a 32-17 decision to the North Middle School Lady Stars. 

    North would take a 12-2 lead at the end of the first period and stretch that advantage out to 21-6 at the half. 

  • Jackets land 6 on All-District 4-AA Team

    The Roane County Champion Kingston Yellow Jackets had another strong season in 2011 and Vic King’s squad was rewarded with six players named to the 2011 All-District 4-AA Football Team.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Should DesJarlais make us pay for his lies?

    Well, Gentle Reader, here it is, 6 January, 2012, and as we indicated in the last column on 16 December, 2011, we would resume our Friday submissions on this date.
    In the interim, we trust that you and yours enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, and a glorious New Year’s Day.
    Inasmuch as we have now commenced the newest Leap Year, we have a bit over ten months of uninterrupted politicking in preparation for the elections in August and November.

  • Caution needed when religion, schools collide

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    I remember being called down to the principal’s office at my public high school in spring 1972.
    No, I wasn’t in trouble.
    When I arrived there, I was handed a phone and told to call the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They had a question for me.
    “Are you Christian?” came the inquiry over the phone.
    It seems that I’d been nominated as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes high school athlete of the year and my times on the track were not enough to shore up my nomination.

  • TVA’s board shrinks by three people

    TVA has filed a disclosure statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to note the terms of three members of the TVA board of directors — Dennis Bottorff, Mike Duncan and Thomas Gilliland — have expired following the adjournment of the first session of the 112th Congress.

  • Woman’s Oak Ridge job was part of much larger mission

    It has taken Jewell Davis decades to understand that her clerical job as a young woman was part of a world-changing event.
    Then Jewell Brummett, Davis was hired on as a typist to help recruit workers at the newly created community of Oak Ridge. The work there led to the creation of the atom bomb, a weapon that brought about the end of World War II when it was dropped on Japan.
    “We knew nothing about the bomb until it fell in 1945, and I had been working there two years,” Davis said.

  • Republicans split Roane district

    The days of Roane County belonging to a single Tennessee House district appear over.
    A portion of the county will join House District 31, primarily in Rhea County, under a Republican-led redistricting plan unveiled by state legislators Wednesday.
    “That really is an injustice for Roane County to be put in that position,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts, a Democrat. “I’m very disappointed in it.”
    The situation also puts Roane County in the situation of not having a resident state representative.

  • 13-year-old top firefighter for Blair VFD

    Ty Sather is just 13, but he already has his eye on a career.
    “I’ve been interested in firefighting pretty much my whole life,” he said.
    It looks as though Ty is on the right path. He was chosen 2011 firefighter of the year for the Blair Volunteer Fire Department.
    “It’s amazing, this young man is as sharp as he is,” Blair Chief Clarence Nelson said.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Laureate finds reasons to like January

    If there’s anything to like about the starkness of January, it’s returning to normal after all of the excesses of the holidays.
    Don’t get me wrong — I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas and their emphasis on people, food and fun.
    And while I generally keep my New Year’s Eve celebrating on the quieter side, I enjoy bringing in a new calendar year, too.
    By the time New Year’s Day has arrived, I am ready to return to simpler, healthy eating and focus my attention on the needs of everyday life.