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Today's News

  • Teacher raises for education, experience no longer given

    Across-the-board pay raises for Tennessee teachers are ending.
    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the state is moving to a system where raises are awarded on a merit system.
    “You can no longer give a raise based on years of experience or degrees,” he said. “I don’t approve of it. I don’t know of any other profession that you don’t get a raise for increasing your experience or your degrees.”

  • Man in the moon jailed

    A Rockwood man is accused of showing a woman his backside during a Sunday evening encounter on North Kingston Avenue.
    William Aaron Collett is charged with vandalism and indecent exposure in the incident.
    He’s scheduled to appear in court on May 20. 
    According to the police report, Pamela Ann Hamby told officer Josh Coffey that Collett cursed her and threw a dog leash, allegedly scratching the hood of her car.

  • Saddled in the Lord’s service

    Tim and Lynn Tuggle, feeling led by God, sold everything and started riding from California with a determination to make it to North Carolina.
    The couple, who founded Disciples of Jesus Horsemen and started their faith-led journey in 2010, are nearing the end of their long trek and were in Roane County for a short while this week.
    Locals provided feed for their horses and even helped them use the Roane State Community College Exposition Center to house their horses during the recent rough weather.

  • GUEST OPINION: Tragedies reshape news reporting effort

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Two national tragedies separated by six years and a day – the April 15 bombing at the Boston Marathon and the April 16, 2007, mass shooting at Virginia Tech University – also are notable in marking how technology is reshaping our freedoms of speech and press.

  • State road maintenance must be priority

    By KEVIN W. BAKEWELL
    AAA’s Auto Club Group
    Many of the roads and bridges we travel on every day in Tennessee are crumbling because of insufficient maintenance and old age.

    Unless policymakers act soon to increase funding, motorists can expect more potholes longer commutes, and dangerous safety problems.

    Construction of the federal Interstate Highway System began in the 1950s and many roads have since outlived their effective lifespan.

  • Talk about colorful

     

    The historic Cornstalk Heights neighborhood of Harriman features many colorful Victorian homes, but the garage shown above at 311 Cumberland St. outcolors them all. It is painted purple and orange and depicts witches and ghosts in a tug-of-war match. It also has flying witch mannequins above. Over the doors is a sign that says “Farnham’s Hardware, Sherwin-Williams Paints.”
     

  • Did you know

    ... that one of the more interesting stretches of railroads in the country ends at the edge of Roane County?

    A stretch of the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway that runs between Somerset, Ky., and Oakdale once had 27 tunnels, earning it the nickname, The Rathole.

    The stretch is maintained by Norfolk-Southern Railroad, and all but four tunnels have been eliminated.

    Even so, the striking landscape includes plenty of deep, canyon-like cuts through the hills and enough high bridges to make the heart of any railroad enthusiast pound.

  • Jackets top Green Wave in Champion tourney

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Midway Green Wave met on the baseball diamond Friday afternoon with the Jackets picking up a 4-1 victory in the 2013 Harriman Champion Classic Tournament.

    Due to tournament rules, Friday’s game lasted only five innings with Kingston taking the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning.

  • Close games for Kingston in Region II Challenge

      Rain would was out day three of the Region II Challenge Tournament played at Karns and Farragut, but not before the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets got in four games in the first two days of play.

  • Tigers knock off Bobcats, 11-5

    In what could a Region 2-A tournament preview, the Rockwood Tigers hosted the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night and would use seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to knock off the Bobcats, 11-5.

    Friday’s contest was even for three innings as both teams scored three runs in the second inning.