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Today's News

  • Sex offender checks held

    Sex offenders in Roane County got some unexpected visitors Wednesday night.
    U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement teamed up for a multi-jurisdictional sex offender compliance check. The effort was dubbed Operation Honey Badger.
    “We will be visiting the homes of every registered sex offender in Roane County,” said Derrick Swenson, a senior inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service.
    Roane County has 106 registered sex offenders, according to the TBI Sexual Offender Registry.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Good deeds – and getting something back

    The other afternoon, after I finished up getting the paper out, I grabbed my purse and headed over to the Tennessee Technology Center to donate blood.
    To be honest, free movie tickets were being offered, and I hoped to get me one.
    They pricked my finger to check my iron levels, which were good. I went over the usual forms, and then went through a series of questions with a technician.
    All was well until she got to to one that went something like this: “Have you ver had cancer?”

  • Midway's Hixson the write stuff

    Twenty-four Roane County students received awards during last month’s Roane Writers Group fourth annual Student Writing Contest.

    In a ceremony hosted by television personality Bill Landry, public, private and homeschooled students received cash awards ranging from $25 to $500.

    “This year, more than 580 entries were received,” said Roane Writers Group President B.J. Gillum. “That’s a record.”

  • Covenant Health offers free stop-smoking app

    Roane Medical Center parent company, Covenant Health, is launching a new free smoking cessation mobile application just in time to help East Tennessee smokers with their New Year’s resolutions to quit.

    Smoking is one of the toughest addictions to break due to its physical and psychological components.

    The Covenant Health “Stop Smoking” app incorporates evidenced-based quitting strategies in an easy-to-use program that can be downloaded free on
    iPhones now and on Android phones in mid-January.

  • Manhattan Project park status to be discussed at lunch

    Don Barger, senior regional director of the Southeast Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association, will be the guest speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ next Lunch with the League.

    The meeting starts at noon Jan. 15 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Barger will discuss the state of the national parks, political and financial ramifications, the status of the Manhattan Project Historical Park, and issues facing the national park sys-tem.

  • GUEST OPINION: Elvis still icon in freedom of expression

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    Last Tuesday would have been Elvis Presley’s 78th birthday, and he’s being widely hailed this week for his musical career.

    But it’s also worth noting that Presley was a singular figure in terms of free expression, pushing the envelope while the authorities inevitably pushed back.

    Elvis’ early career was almost a constant test of free speech.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Which do you serve, America or Israel?

    Gentle reader, public discourse in this great republic may be approaching a crisis point, and if not, a boiling point.

    This state of affairs arises from the President’s action in attempting to fill certain cabinet vacancies, especially the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency.

    He has named long-time C.I.A. operative John Brennan to head that agency, and former Republican Senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

  • Meth labs busy despite new laws

    Methamphetamine production continues in small laboratories in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country in spite of new laws regulating and tracking the sale of pharmacy products used to manufacture the illegal drug.

    That is one of the findings of a report released this week by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability about attempts to control access to legal products sold at pharmacies which are later used to create methamphetamine.

  • Officer who saved infant honored

    A Harriman police officer acted quickly to save the life of a choking infant last month.

    His employers took notice.

    Michael Wesley Cox was honored for his work this month with a medal of commendation and lifesaving ribbon.

    “Officer Cox cleared the child’s airway by turning her over and slapping her on the back three times,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said, reading the commendation Cox received.

    Cox received the call about the 3-week-old infant choking on Bennett Circle on the evening of Dec. 6.

  • New Y-12 complex operator named

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC has been selected as the new management and operating contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

    The NNSA said the move will save $3.27 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next decade.