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Today's News

  • Tigers win league championship
  • Wells to be inducted into MNPS Sports Hall of Fame

    Tommy Wells, former Cohn High School All-American running back, will be inducted into the Metro-Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 10. The ceremony will take place at the LP Field banquet hall—home of the Tennessee Titans. 

  • Fielden to play for Roane State

    Some athletes are blessed with the ability to play at a high level in a variety of sports.

  • School board to be a hot race

    Frank Mee had nothing but nice things to say about Darrell “Drack” Langley and Danny R. Wright on Thursday.
    “But I’m not going to endorse one of them,” Mee said.
    That’s because he needs to beat at least one to keep his seat on the Roane County Board of Education.
    Mee, Langley and Wright all qualified to run for District 2’s two seats by Thursday’s filing deadline.

  • Three file to challenge Hurley

    Lackluster showings by Democrats in recent elections have allowed Republicans to capture sizable majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives.
    The dominance hasn’t scared off one local Democrat from seeking state office, however.
    “I have an extensive history of working with children, and children are popular everywhere,” said Jack McNew, a Harriman resident and past chairman for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.
    McNew is running for House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

  • $1.25 million loan needed to comply with order

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas wants to borrow $1.25 million to build an oxidation ditch required for the city’s sewer system under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “We have basically been able to tiptoe around that and defer it and put it off and have the order pushed out, but the day is here to do that,” said board Chairman Darryl Meadows. “We have no choice. We have to comply with that order.”

  • Sheriff’s office hours changing on Monday

    From staff reports
    Hours are changing for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    Beginning Monday, April 9, the business office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
    The change will not affect inmate visitation hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
    The business office and inmate visitation will be closed for all government holidays.
    The sheriff’s office is at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.
    For non-emergencies after office hours, call 354-8045. For emergencies, call 911.

  • Inside the First Amendment: Public info needs context, interpretation

    By Gene Policinski
    First Amendment Center
    The recently announced move by Encyclopaedia Britannica to end its print editions after 244 years of publishing came by happenstance in the middle of Sunshine Week, an annual campaign nationwide in support of freedom of information.

    The great general reference work for many generations will continue in digital form, like so much of the news, information, literature and art of our age.

  • WRITE LIKE a GIRL: Now you see it, now you don’t

    I just celebrated a birthday.

    Never mind which one — and don’t you dare try to guess. Those of you who know are sworn to secrecy.

    It started me thinking about the aging process and the running and ducking from Mother Nature that’s commenced.

    Figuratively speaking, of course, because any time I entertain the notion of running or even donning high heels, my bum knee whispers, “Are you SURE you want to do that?”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Paul Ryan’s budget may have sealed GOP fate

    Note: Longtime readers will recall that a couple of seasons back we wrote of a white-flowered Paulownia (Princess tree) located on Highway 72 just above Paint Rock.

    On the way back from Vonore Wednesday morning, we passed the site of the tree and are pleased to report that it was in full flower.