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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We should broaden our educational horizons

    Gentle reader, the current powder keg in Ukraine will, no doubt, in the fullness of time teach many lessons, but one which we doubt we will hear much about, but which could well be the most important in the long run for these United States, bears upon the excuse under which Putin claims the right to over-run and seize his neighbors’ lands.

  • Judge hopefuls add big bucks to war chests

    Ninth Judicial District circuit court judge candidate Tom McFarland has raised $37,425 for his campaign, according to his first-quarter finance report submitted on April 9.

    “We’re right on schedule,” McFarland said. “We developed a plan at the beginning, and everything is going very well.”

    The judicial district consists of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    “I want to point out that the reason we’re encouraged is our report will show that we’ve got support from every county,” McFarland said.

  • MOUNT PISGAH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY STUDENTS WORK TO FEED the NEED

    “On your mark ... get set ...  go!”

    With that call over the loudspeaker in Oliver Springs’ Mount Pisgah Christian Academy’s gym on Tuesday, two separate tables of students began scooping rice and beans into bags in a competition to be the first to fill a box with 20 meals.

    “This is the day they’ve been working for,” said educator Megan Burnham.
    The work with Feed the Need, a program through Champion Events, helps participants like Mount Pisgah combine fundraising with providing meals for the hungry.

  • Hardship account to help Kingston water customers pay bills

    Kingston Water Board plans to carry through with a measure to help disadvantaged city water customers when money gets tight.

    The uncertainty — at least for board members — lies in determining who will be eligible for assistance.

    The board approved a proposal at its April meeting that would allow Kingston water customers to voluntarily add a $1 donation to their monthly bills to fund a so-called “hardship account” to help pay overdue water bills for customers who are struggling financially.

  • Vets thrilled with new VA clinic

    Roane County’s veterans got a good look at the new Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic and its staff during its open house Wednesday in Shoppes at Walden Ridge.

    Congressman Chuck Fleischmann; officials from Humana, who will be operating the clinic through a contract with the VA; and local, state and other federal officials joined the veterans for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours.

    “It has been needed for a long time,” said Clyde Luttrell, an Oliver Springs veteran who had previously traveled to Knoxville for treatment.

  • Man charged with beating jailer girlfriend

    Jacob Tyler Summers is charged with domestic assault for allegedly beating a Roane County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer on April 5.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said he discussed the incident with his employee – Paige Beaty.

    “She just wanted to ensure me that she was sorry that it happened,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said he tried to reassure Beaty.

    “I told her she can’t control someone else’s actions,” he said.   

  • Farmers market pavilion to be up and ready for upcoming growing season

    A pavilion at Riverfront Park for the Harriman Farmer’s Market producers to sell their fruits and vegetables should be finished for this market season.

    It will include areas for the sellers to display their products.

    A $38,800 grant to build the pavilion is through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Rural Farmer Market Capital Development Grant Program. It was awarded last year.

    Dina Jackson, grant and marketing coordinator, said they’d soon have some engineering designs to present to council.

  • Mitchell homers twice in Kingston win

     

    Kingston’s Cody Mitchell swatted a pair of home runs Wednesday evening to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 10-4 road victory over Fulton.

    Kingston’s victory wasn’t as easy as the final score sounds. The Jackets trailed after five innings of play before scoring seven runs in its final two at bats.

  • Midway picks up first win at Rockwood

     Midway has been playing high school baseball since 1991. During that the Green Wave has won a lot of games, but entering 2014 they had never beaten the Rockwood Tigers at Rockwood.

    That all changed Wednesday evening as Darrell Ruffner’s squad left Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex with an 8-4 victory.

  • Midway bats go cold at Grace

     

    The bats of the Midway Lady Green Waves were as cold as the weather Wednesday evening as Grace Christian Academy picked up a 3-0 victory in a key District 3-A battle.

    Lady Ram pitcher Jessica Webb actually had more to do with the shutout than the weather as she tossed a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts past the Lady Waves.