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Today's News

  • Arrests: Sept. 15-18, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 15 — Allen Clay Hall, 33, 953 Unaka St., Harriman: aggravated assault. Bond $2,500; court date Dec. 8.

    • Liman Kan, 62, 112 Westview Lane, Oak Ridge: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 6.

    • Samuel Lynn Propes, 52, 531 Crescent St., Harriman: public intoxication. Bond $850; court date Oct. 27.

  • General Sessions Court: April 28-May 5, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 28 — Dustin A. Hamil, obedience to any required traffic control device, improper lane change, improper passing (no-passing zone), resist stop arrest search involving weapon, evading arrest of death or injury-vehicle involved, aggravated assault upon officer or any first responder, five counts reckless endangerment-vehicle, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct: bound over.

  • Amendment details to be outlined at GOP women’s picnic

    Four amendments to be on the Nov. 4 ballot will be discussed during the Roane County Republican Women’s annual picnic.

    The picnic will be on Sept. 25 at Roane County Park shed 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served starting at 5 p.m.; the Roane County Republican Women will provide desserts and side dishes.

    Cost is $7.50 per person.

    Republican legislators have been invited to speak on the amendments.

  • Shadrich Jones family to dedicate grave marker

    The family of Shadrich Jones will commemorate his service in the War of 1812 with a military service and gravestone dedication this weekend.

    “We do not know if he had a proper funeral and are pretty sure he didn’t have a military funeral,” said Pat Pierce-Goss of Harriman, one of Jones’ descendants.

    Family and guests are asked to arrive at Weidemann Hotel in Deer Lodge between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sept. 27 to be shuttled to the grave site off Meister Hills Road in Deer Lodge, Morgan County.

  • Open Meetings Violation Spotlight

    For democracy to work, it requires an engaged, well-informed public. And that is why open govenment, or sunshine laws, are in place so citizens can see and participate in the workings of their government.

    Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and its director, Deborah Fisher, work to educate the public — and sometimes government entities — on these laws. It also spotlights abuses and works with the public to help correct them.

  • GUEST OPINION: Social media no longer ‘toys’ of free expression

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    Time to take social media out of the freedom of expression “toy box.”

    Serious issues and serious work now abound in this relatively young method by which we not only exchange information, but also to rally to causes and hold public officials accountable.

    Just a few years ago, scarcely a few percent of Americans turned to Twitter, Facebook and the like for real news and issues. The medium was dismissed as the stuff of gossip, personal notes and largely meaningless personal snapshots.

  • Hook, line and sinker

    Madison Baker has been fishing since she was 4.

    The teen takes her hobby seriously, with more trophies than she can carry. She comes by the competitive spirit honestly.

    “My grandmother (Elizabeth Baker) did it professionally. It is just something I’ve always been taught to do, and I love fishing,” Baker said.

    Her mother, Ann, said Elizabeth fished in different circuits and often traveled to compete.

    It has paid off already.

    “She won a Ranger boat,” Ann said.

  • Bowers students getting exposure to undersea

    A group of Bowers Elementary School students are being taught about coral reefs this semester.

    Their connection with the topic is particularly interesting.

    Recently they met with Jessica Fain and Bruce Cantrell, two Roane State Community College professors who are vying to break a world record by living 73 days under the ocean at Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla.

    Fain and Cantrell also will be teaching a class and conducting live programs that will be available free to the public.

    What do the Bowers kids think about all this?

  • Fishing Report

     

    Dale Hollow: Fishing is slow. Water temperature is 80 degrees; water is falling. A few bass are being caught on shallow running crankbaits around shallow wood in the rivers. A few crappie re being caught on minnows around fallen trees. Several bluegill are being caught on crickets and nightcrawlers on bluffs in 25 feet of water. A few walleye are being caught while jigging spoons in 32 feet of water on breaks near the dam.

  • Deer season opens Saturday

     

    By BRAD DAUGHERTY

    TWRA Wildlife Officer