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Today's News

  • OUR OPINION: Transparency a requirement for democracy

    This week the Texas Supreme Court upheld the state’s Open Meetings Law, ruling against a group of city council members who argued that limiting their discussion of public business to open meetings violated their own rights to free speech.

    It was an important ruling, because, unlike Tennessee, Texas law holds criminal penalties for those who violate Open Meetings Law.

    “Transparency is furthered by allowing the public to have access to government decision making,” the court said. In other words, in a democracy, voters need to be in on the discussion and debate

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Wise folks will use their heads and vote for Headrick

    When writing for publication, there are sad stories, and there are happy stories, and on rare occasions there are stories that are both sad and happy at the same time.

    The story of the death of William D. Patterson is one of these: It is, of course, sad for those of us who are left behind when a loved one leaves us, but it is happy when one realizes that this object of our affectionate regard is no longer subject to the ills and unpleasantness that befalls most of us in old age.

  • Roane County dairy produces organic milk

    Little bare feet, brown with dust, as children explore the expanse of farmland that is their heritage.

    That is the vision Chuck and Julie Johnston have for their three children. It’s also one of the reasons they bought their dairy, which is part of Organic Valley, the largest farmer-owned organic cooperative.

    “We wanted our kids to grow up this way,” said Julie Johnston, who, with Chuck, has been on the farm for nine years now. “We bought all our equipment and bought our cows.”

  • Lady Jackets capture district title

    Monday was a big day for the Kingston Lady Jackets golf team as the Connie Guinn’s squad won the District 4-A/AA Tournament held at Green Meadow Country Club in Alcoa.

  • Three unbeaten in TVAA

    With half of the regular season gone, three teams in the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association sit alone at the top of the standings. 

    The Harriman mighty mites are 5-0 after a win last Saturday. Oliver Springs, the team that lost to the Blue Devils, is 4-1. 

  • East Tennessee Sportswriters Poll

    CLASS 1A

    1. Greenback (6-0) 59 (11 1st place votes)

    2. Coalfield (5-0) 51 (1)

  • Garton receives TWRA award

    Ray Garton has been named the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Wildlife Officer of the Year for the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA).

    The winner of the award was announced by Darren Rider, TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Division Chief.

  • Ellis makes good on bet
  • MMS knocks off Oliver Springs

    A number of factors have contributed to the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats problems this season. Injuries have sidelined several players, and last Thursday, Midway took advantage of the Bobcats problems and rolled to their fifth win of the year, 32-0.

  • MMS knocks off Oliver Springs

    A number of factors have contributed to the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats problems this season. Injuries have sidelined several players, and last Thursday, Midway took advantage of the Bobcats problems and rolled to their fifth win of the year, 32-0.