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Today's News

  • U.S. turned own guns against WWI vets in 1932

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The “Occupy Wall Street” movement and its rapidly spreading urban echoes are — like the Tea Party movement — grand examples of Americans using at least two of our lesser-known First Amendment freedoms: assembly and petition.

    Regardless of how you feel about either or both movements, they are the latest examples of the role of protest in American politics and society. In the history of protest, there are both lessons to be learned and mistakes to be avoided.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Tri-weeklies are weird animals in news business

    Roane County News publishes three times a week — on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when the post office delivers it to subscribers.

    However, except when holidays alter our schedules, we actually print those newspapers on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, when you can find the latest editions in stores and newsstands.

    For people who are used to the schedules of a daily or once-a-week newspaper, tri-weeklies and the demands of their publishing schedules can be confusing.

  • Tidwell leaving a legacy of success

    After years of helping Harriman navigate bureaucratic red tape, Harriman City Coordinator Bob Tidwell will be retiring at the end of December.

    “I’m tired,” Tidwell said. “It’s not anything to do with anybody or anything.

    Tidwell has snowy hair, but with his exuberance and friendly penchant for talking, he hardly looks his age.

    Tidwell spent years in the government sector including in public works at Rockwood and at the Harriman City School System.

  • Nice Catch
  • Lady Jackets stop Scott

    Despite a sluggish start, the Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team "slugged" the Scott Lady Highlanders 6-0 Monday afternoon. 

  • Cherokee wins Clinch Valley title with shutout

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets saved their best till last Saturday night as Brian Pankey’s squad capped off a perfect 9-0 season with a 38-0 victory over Rockwood in the Clinch Valley Conference large division championship game. 

  • Insurance agent 'person of interest' in homicide investigation

    A Knoxville insurance agent is a “person of interest” in the homicide investigation of a 23-year-old woman found dead in Roane County.
    Brooke Morris’ body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Saturday around 8 p.m. Shortly afterward, authorities issued a “be-on-the-lookout” alert for a suspect, identified in dispatch records as Shawn Smoot of Knoxville.
    “We know he has had associations with her in the past,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    The sheriff said Smoot was questioned over the weekend and released.
    “He is a person of interest,” Stockton said.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 4 – Thomas Jason Aslinger, 32, 364 Half Moon Road, Oliver Springs: assault. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 28.

    Jason Scott Babb, 37, 429 White Wing Road, Lenoir City: dom/12 hour and condition waived due to occur date; and after trial mitt. Total bond $1,000; no court date listed.

  • MATCH gets national kudos for Ridgeview

    The Modified Assertive Community Treatment for Co-Occurring Homeless program Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center Inc. is one of 11 nationwide winners of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2011 Service to Service Award.

    Ridgeview, a provider of mental health and substance abuse services for Roane County and four other East Tennessee counties, represented the only Southeastern state awarded this distinction and was the sole winner nationwide in the Co-Occurring category.

  • ORNL tank to go out

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) is in the midst of offsite shipments of soils excavated from around an underground waste tank at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    This removal action is being performed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and will eliminate a known source of contaminants being released to the groundwater.

    The action includes excavation of Tank W-1A and 355 cubic yards of soil and associated secondary waste. The soils are being packaged in lead-lined boxes and shipped off site for disposal.