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Today's News

  • Harriman students give holiday boost

    Students at Harriman Middle School took advantage of an opportunity to spread some holiday cheer.

    The school’s Positive Peer Pressure — or P-3 — Club decided to do something special for U.S. troops who are stationed overseas and do not receive a lot of mail or contact from home.

    Kris Hontz of the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition introduced the students to the Adopt A Soldier program.

    The students made Christmas stockings and sent them and Christmas cards to troops stationed in Kuwait.

  • Bowers honors rule followers at special lunch

    Bowers Elementary School Principal Candace Lett and Assistant Principal Kevin Ayers hosted a recent student luncheon for the school’s rule followers.

    The honored students were nominated by their teacher as an example of a student who always follows the school rules and sets a good example for others.

    The honorees are:

    Kindergarten — Bailey Wright, Will Davidson, Tori Whaley, Lyfe Goins and Sumayiah Holmes.

  • RCHS students help others
  • School field trips: Approved November 2012

    Upcoming out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in November:
    Dec. 7-9 — Twenty-five Cherokee Middle, four Midway Middle and High, and 20 Roane County High band students to attend East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Junior Band Clinic at Lee University, Cleveland.

    March 13-15 — Midway Middle sixth-graders to attend Camp Wesley Woods.

  • General Sessions Court: Oct. 9-22, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 9 — Daniel Jones, registration certificate must be carried, seat belt 18 and older. Traffic tickets paid in full.

    • Thomas Mark Richardson, light law, motor vehicle, seat belt 18 and older. Traffic tickets paid in full.

    • Deborah P. Crofford, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Arrests: Dec. 20-30, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 20 – Kristie Marie Comer, 28, 133 Balboa Drive, Rockwood: five counts violation of probation. Total bond $7,500; court date Feb. 4.

    • Michael Ray Ferguson, 51, 1863 Ruritan Road, Harriman: failure to appear. Bond $750; court date Jan. 21.

    • Michael Thomas Holder, 54, six counts violation of probation. No bond; court date Jan. 14.

  • GUEST OPINION: Misfire over publishing gun-holders

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    When The Journal News, a suburban New York newspaper, published the names of gun-permit holders late last month, the backlash was immediate.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lick Skillet: Why we have a Second Amendment

    Well, gentle reader, we return to the barricades after our short hiatus. We trust that you and yours had pleasant holidays.

    As this is written, we are right in the middle of the “fiscal cliff,” so we will await some more definitive outcome of this bizarre exercise in statecraft before writing further about it, but there are a couple of things that we wish to go into.

    First is the subject of guns, and the Newtown massacre.

  • Johnson takes helm at TVA

    TVA started the New Year this week with a new president and CEO and four new TVA board nominees being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

    Bill Johnson, newly named president and CEO of the TVA, was welcomed Wednesday by agency employees to his first day on the job.

    Retiring CEO Tom Kilgore presented Johnson with the ceremonial keys to TVA as a symbol of the $11 billion agency’s transition to new leadership.

    In a message to TVA employees, Johnson said his initial focus will be to continue learning more about TVA, its business and its people.

  • Tennessee officials divided on fiscal cliff bill voting

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, whose district includes Roane County, voted against the deal legislators reached to stave off the fiscal cliff.

    “As I have long said, we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” the Republican said in a prepared statement. “The bill sent back to the House not only allowed taxes to increase but increased spending by $330 billion. It was simply something I could not support.”

    The fiscal cliff was a series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect this month.