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Today's News

  • Bobcats fall at Sunbright, 36-28

     

    It wasn’t necessarily a must-win game Friday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats, but Wiley Brackett’s squad suffered a major setback in the race for the postseason with a 36-28 loss at Sunbright.

  • Smoot lawyer: Investigation shoddy

    Shawn Smoot’s state-paid defense will include the services of a private investigator. His attorney, Bob Vogel, got a court order in August authorizing the hiring of one.

    “He’s been declared indigent and any of those kind of things the state pays for,” said Vogel, a private attorney who was appointed to represent Smoot this year after the public defender’s office stepped aside because of a conflict.

  • McCarroll can carry a firearm?

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office doesn’t concede that convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll has the right to carry a gun, even though he has a court order stating he has the right to do so.
    “Just because he put it in an order that was signed by a judge doesn’t mean his rights under state and federal law to possess a firearm have been restored,” Assistant Attorney General Ben Whitehouse said.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Road to Hooters is paved with gravel

    Last Sunday, I was at Hooters.
    Yes, THAT Hooters.
    Trust me, it’s not a place I ever aspired to be.
    How I got there is a circuitous story, one involving three friends, a cascading creek and a winding dirt road through Cherokee National Forest.
    It began innocently enough.

    Stan (not his real name because he’s a bit embarrassed about what comes next), Russ (his real moniker; he’s unflappable) and I had planned to ride bicycles from the base of Little Citigo Creek most of the way up to Indian Boundary Lake.

  • Raising new church is community effort

    A new building for Emory Heights Missionary Baptist Church is taking shape, thanks mostly to volunteers in the community.

    Walls are going up where Emory Heights Elementary School once stood.
    “We want to grow. It is going to be big,” said Johnny Devine, a deacon at the church. “We are out of parking. If we have anything special, we don’t have enough room.”
    Devine said on many Sundays the church has to put out extra chairs.
    “We need to reach more people,” he said.

  • Girl Scouts need help

    A shortage of adult volunteers has prompted the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians to  invite adult volunteers to apply for a role within Roane County’s network of active troops.
    The council said girls who want to become part of a troop within Roane County are on waiting lists because of a lack of volunteers.
    Volunteers don’t have to be mothers of scouts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Right-wing Republicans have their cruz to bear

    Here’s how we began last week’s column:
    Gentle reader, as we write this the world is agog with anticipation as to how long the federal government will be partially shut down, and even more importantly whether the limitation of federal debt that may be incurred is increased and, if so, how much and under what conditions.
    We hope that by the time this writing is published both these conundra will have been successfully, and, more importantly, wisely resolved, but as far as we can see, this is unlikely.

  • TWRA urges tree stand safety

     

    Tennessee’s statewide deer seasons officially began for 2013 with the Sept. 28 opening of the archery season and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is urging hunters to use care when hunting from a tree stand.

  • Hester finishes third in tourney
  • Magical season ends for Lady Tigers

     

    The most successful season in Rockwood Lady Tiger soccer history ended in the most heartbreaking loss in history Tuesday evening as Gatlinburg-Pittman downed Wes Ford’s squad in a penalty kicks shootout in the semifinals round of the District 4-A/AA Tournament.