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Today's News

  • Julian turning 95

    Ruby Julian will celebrate her 95th birthday on Feb. 21.

    A native of Harriman, she is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    She is the widow of Homer Julian Sr. and the mother of Homer Julian Jr. of Rockwood and Tom Julian and his wife, Pat, of Knoxville.

    Julian also has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

  • The Garden Gate: Ashes are holy, and tasty, too

    Mardi Gras is a day of carnival, parades and competitions. Superiority and imagination are displayed in costumes, floats, bands and general magnificence. There are flowers, confetti, feasting and general hysteria of every kind.

    Then comes Ash Wednesday, where reality overcomes the imagination and everything comes to a pause for solemn reflection.

    Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study which precedes the joyousness of Easter.

  • Lady ‘Cats down Oneida for district title

    It wasn’t easy, but the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats downed the Oneida Lady Indians 53-49 Friday night in a game that decided the regular season district title between the two teams.

  • Langley signs with Tennessee Wesleyan

    Amy Langley started playing golf her freshman year at Kingston and four years later the Lady Jacket senior has improved enough to sign scholarship papers with Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens.

    “I’m really excited,” Langley said. “I was just playing to be playing to start, but it was my sophomore year that I thought this could happen. It feels great to know all my hard work has paid off.”

  • Mt. Pisgah wins two

    The Mt. Pisgah boys basketball team closed out last week with a pair of victories.

    On Thursday, the Patriots traveled to Athens and picked up a 53-44 victory over Friendship Christian Academy. On Friday, the Patriots traveled to Blountville and knocked off Tri-Cities Christian Schools, 65-51.

  • Tigers, Waves split regular season finale

    The Midway Green Wave and Rockwood Tigers finished the regular season Monday with a pair of games at Rockwood. 

  • County rivals split games

    The second meeting of the season between Midway and Kingston had the same results as the first, but the final scores were different.

  • Grill & Pub's beer permit revoked

    The Roane County Beer Board voted Tuesday to revoke the Grill & Pub’s beer permit for one-year.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton drove to the bar north of Harriman following the meeting to inform owner Grover Norton about the revocation.
    “I’m just here to deliver the message,” Stockton said.
    The sheriff also warned Norton to not serve any beer.
    “I’m advising you not to do it because that’s just more trouble,” Stockton said.  

  • Rockwood adds to reserves — barely

    Penny-pinching has become the norm in tough economic times, and small cities like Rockwood are not immune.

    It’s always good when there’s some left over at the end of the month to put into savings.

    Even if it’s a penny.

    A penny — 1 cent — is what Rockwood was able to add to its dismal reserve/emergency balance  at the end of December.

    That brought the fund to $189.51 — 1 cent more than November’s $189.50 balance.

  • School board reviews drug testing policy

    The Roane County Board of Education changed its policy on drug testing for student athletes several years ago after it was threatened by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

    That’s still a sore spot with some board members.

    “I don’t like it,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    The previous policy mandated random drug testing for athletes during the academic year in grades 7-12.