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Today's News

  • Scarecrow 5k postponed
  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Aug. 24-31:

    From Billy Joe Calloway and Anna Marie Calloway to Billy Joe Calloway Revocable Living Trust and Billy Joe Calloway Trustee by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, adjacent Johnson/Butler/Mead, $10.

    From Kelly W. McCracken, Tazia McCracken and Sue Ellen Hightower McCracken Estate to Michael S. Smith and Leslie B. Smith by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Hen Valley Road, $215,000.

  • Arrests

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

    Sept. 29 – Desiree R. Baird, 28, 534 N. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood: forgery, criminal impersonation, vandalism, driving on suspended license and theft. Total bond $15,500; court date Oct. 24.

    • Sara Deena Bennett, 32, 145 Jenkins Road, Rockwood: criminal trespassing and shoplifting theft of property. Bond $2,000; court date Dec. 5.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Smart Corey Reed is $10 richer these days

    You came. You bought. You said hello.

    I shivered.

    I’d like to thank everyone who came to my first-ever yard sale — especially those of you who made a special effort to say hey to me and my mother.

    I can’t remember all of your names, but I do remember Lynn, Jan, Jean and Lou. I also appreciated the tips and tales from fellow hikers who came by.

    It was a chilly Saturday. The afternoon would have been comfortable enough if the wind would have quit blowing, but that didn’t happen.

  • Harriman employees get 2-percent raise

    Harriman city employees will be seeing the benefits of a 2-percent pay increase on their next paychecks.

    The Harriman City Council approved the fiscal 2012 budget on Sept. 27, including raises that were to begin the first pay period after final passage.

    In addition to the raises, the city property tax rate of $1.1933 was rounded up to $1.20 per $100 valuation.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley said it would make little difference to property owners.\

    For example, a person with a $100,000 home will pay about $1.68 more a year.

  • Clinch River nuke push

    A huge depression from an infamous breeder reactor project that was scuttled in the 1980s is still visible today.

    Another pit could be on the way at the same Roane County location along the Clinch River.

    TVA is looking into putting small modular reactors at the site on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    “This whole project is in the exploratory, can-we-make-this-happen, can-we-really- make-this-work kind of deal,” said Jeff Perry, senior project manager for the Clinch River project. “That’s kind of where we’re at.”

  • School Internet filters often too blunt to help

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s nothing sexy about the First Amendment Center’s website.

    Our goal is to publish a daily report that can be used in any classroom in America. We strive to be nonpartisan, apolitical and as tasteful as possible.

    We know that if parents and educators know that we’re a safe and trusted destination, their children and students are more likely to turn to us for research and term papers on the First Amendment.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: More needs to be known of Perry’s core beliefs

    Gentle reader, did you hear that the sports network ESPN has pulled its long-time introductory song from the Monday Night Football broadcast?

    It seems that the performer, Hank Williams the younger, has interjected himself in the TEA party type “discussion” of politics.

    The report is that he was interviewed on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” broadcast Monday morning, when he characterized President Obama’s golf game with House Speaker Boehner thusly: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.”

  • Bench to honor Goldberg’s life, legacy

    Everybody has a Paul Goldberg story.

    They remember the quiet way he encouraged others, his visits to families in mourning, warm invitations to lunch and the gentle touch he brought to every project, meeting and relationship.

    Friends, family and colleagues shared those stories as they remembered the late Goldberg during a ceremony on Thursday.

  • OCT. 2-8 IS NATIONAL 4-H WEEK: Community service, learning celebrated all year long

    Roane County youths involved in the 4-H revolution of responsibility asks for the public’s help in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8.

    For 101 years, the 4-H Youth Development Program of Tennessee has engaged youths in activities that help develop skills for a lifetime.

    These skills range from communications to community service to goal setting to leadership.

    The 4-H program is a nationwide youth development program that has more than 6.5 million youths involved in it annually.