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Today's News

  • New Legal Aid program helps veterans

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, with an office in Oak Ridge to serve Roane County, has launched a new program with the Nashville Bar Association to support veterans with legal issues.

    The new program, called The Veterans Project, is a partnership among the Association, Veterans Court, Office of the Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville, Metro Homelessness Commission, Operation Stand Down TN and Legal Aid Society’s Volunteer Lawyers Program.

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  • OFF the CUFF: State’s policy a sign of the times?

    Members of Tennessee’s General Assembly have new digs.

    If you’re a Tennessean or have spent money in the Volunteer State, you helped foot the $126 million bill to renovate Nashville’s Cordell Hull Building to house the offices of our state Representatives and Senators.

    Our lawmakers have shiny new desks, plush chairs and other office accessories because who wants to move old, dank furnishings when you can opt for new on the taxpayer’s dime?

  • GOING with the FLO: The way we view history affects how we live today

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans today are uninformed or misinformed about the truth of our American history. Our nation’s history has been rewritten or altered and our educational system is receiving an altered view of history.

    “I know of no other way of judging the future than by the past.” (Patrick Henry) We must remember that Thomas Jefferson said, “History, by appraising the past, will enable them to judge of the future. “

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Pre-war Christmas shopping and other observances

    Gentle reader, here we are at the ides of December, and the world is awash in unrest, turmoil, white trash and Trump, but the Old Curmudgeon refuses to be depressed or downcast.

    It may be because he is deep into his second childhood, but he cannot help but be overcome, even overwhelmed with the spirit of Christmas.

  • November rains put Kingston’s drainage to test

    The Kingston City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to provide funding for drainage and road repairs following an historic rain event last month.

    The five inches of rain that fell Nov. 7 was one of the heaviest such events on record in East Tennessee, said Kingston City Manager Dave Bolling.

    A culvert and drainage system running under West Race Street between Patton Ferry and Oran Zirkle roads began to wash out following heavy rain, endangering the roadway and prompting immediate action.

  • Committees to stay put, for now

    The Roane County Commission’s committees aren’t going anywhere just yet.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis withdrew a resolution that called for abolishing them at the Dec. 11 meeting.

    Ellis said he was moved to do so after hearing Committee on Committees Chairman Stan Moore vow to take a look at the number of committees, and possibly get rid of some.

    “We’ll go back and look at some of these that haven’t met, or feel like don’t have much teeth in it and try to remove some of those,” Moore said.

  • Blaze damages Roane St. apartment

    Harriman fire officials reported a Roane Street apartment was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.

    “We got the page at 3:24 a.m. to 715 S. Roane St.,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “The business was Lawnbusters, and the fire was in the basement in an apartment kitchen area.”

    Daniels said the apartment suffered heavy damage in the kitchen area and had heavy smoke damage.

    A man who lived at the apartment planned to move in with a friend, the fire chief said.

  • Roane State closing for the holidays

    Roane State Community College campuses will be closed Saturday, Dec. 16, through Monday, Jan. 1, for the holidays.

    The college will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, and spring classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

    Registration and other self-service options are available through the Roane State website, www.roanestate.edu.

    Roane State’s main campus is in Roane County, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu or call 1-866-GO2-RSCC (1-866-462-7722).

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