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Today's News

  • Parting shot: Oliver Springs' Christopher scores for the Lady Mocs

    Former Oliver Springs High School star Kayla Christopher (No. 3) celebrates following Chattanooga’s 64-63 victory over Davidson in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game Monday evening in Asheville, N.C.

    Christopher, a senior, scored 7 points, including the game-winning basket with 8.2 seconds remaining, to give the Lady Mocs the victory.

    The victory also gives Christopher and her Lady Moc teammates a berth in the NCAA Tournament that starts next weekend.

  • GUEST COLUMN Pity the poor children; DCS secrecy shameful

    By Kent Flanagan, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has one of the toughest, most unforgiving jobs in state government — to protect the most vulnerable children in our society from harm — but few Tennesseans know much about the agency.

    Most details about Children’s Services operations are denied to the public by confidentiality required under state law to protect the privacy of the children and the families that come into contact with DCS.

  • DAR honors Marsh’s devotion to cemetery

    Noel F. “Buddy” Marsh Jr., front at far right, is honored by the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, with the Historic Preservation Recognition Award for his more-than-44-year dedication to the preservation, care and maintenance of Kendrick Cemetery in Rockwood.

  • Legislative relief for ash-spill impacts?

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee are sponsoring a bills in the General Assembly that would provide relief for delinquent taxpayers because of the TVA ash spill.

    “For tax years 2009 and 2010, requires the waiver of all delinquent tax penalties and the reduction of interest to a rate of 5 percent, for delinquent taxpayers who had real property damaged by a coal ash spill,” a summary of the bill states. “Requires eligible taxpayers to apply for such relief to the assessor of property.”

  • Edgewood land transferred to Dunn Center

    The Roane County Commission approved a resolution allowing transfer of the Old Edgewood School building and property on Gallaher Road to the Michael Dunn Center.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL 1st Amendment: One woman’s lesson in liberty

    By Ken Paulson, President, First Amendment Center
    In 1940, a group of community leaders in Champaign, Ill., joined together to give young people a better moral foundation by offering religion classes in the public schools.

    It was creative, thoughtful and well-intended.  It was also unconstitutional.

    The Champaign public school district’s decision to invite representatives of multiple faiths to teach in its classrooms led to a historic U.S.  Supreme Court decision handed down 65 years ago on March 8, 1948.

  • Sequestration has county impact

    Automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester could impact county coffers.

    “The sequestration has held up our DOE (Department of Energy) in-lieu-of-tax payments,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told the budget committee last week. “It’s almost $1 million.”

    Woody said he believes the county will still get the money, but it could be less than expected.

    “I think it could be cut some, but I don’t think they will do away with the whole thing,” he said.

  • Ever wonder how sheriff’s office works?

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for an upcoming citizens academy. Participants will meet every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 4 through May 30. Topics include drug investigations, patrol, corrections and the judicial system.

    A graduation ceremony for participants will be held.  

    Lt. Rick Baker decribed the academy as a condensed version of what people go through when they’re training to become police officers.

  • Account set up to help Fowlkes

    It’s an emotional and financial roller coaster when a loved one is severly ill.

    That’s what Nancy Weatherly Fowlkes, a 1991 Roane County High School graduate and a former Roane County resident, and her family are now enduring.

    Fowlkes’ friend, Marcia Childs, said Fowlkes is in need of a liver transplant and is hospitalized in Memphis after becoming extremely ill late last year.

  • Redmon-Bullard

    Beverly and Kevin Foster, Harriman, and Mike Redmon, Kingston, announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mikaela Morgan Redmon, to Jonathan Michael Bullard.

    He is the son of James and Kelley Bullard of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be on March 30 at Grand Vista Bay, Rockwood.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Margaret L. Hacker of Harriman and the late Auriel Graydon Hacker, and Clayton and Nell Redmon of Oakdale.

    She is employed with Cardiology Associates of East Tennessee.