Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Can yoga be twisted into religion?

    Is yoga secular or religious?

    That’s the conundrum at the heart of a new legal battle in Encinitas, Calif. over the teaching of yoga in public schools.

    In a lawsuit filed last month, a couple with two children in the Encinitas schools charge that the district is unconstitutionally promoting religion by giving yoga classes twice a week to students during the school day.

    School officials insist that the yoga classes are for physical fitness – and have nothing to do with religion or religious indoctrination.

  • Five sentenced in elk poaching

    Five people, including three from Oliver Springs, were sentenced after reaching a plea agreement in connection with the poaching death of an elk in Morgan County General Sessions Court, according to the Tennessee Wildlife resources Agency.

    Kenneth T. Kelly, Oliver Springs, Austin C. Woodall, Oliver Springs, Steven H. Daugherty, Petros, Samantha Leann McColl, Oliver Springs, and Donovan Cade Godwin, Coalfield, all pleaded guilty to charges placed after an investigation by Morgan County wildlife officer, Travis Buchanan.  

  • State’s nursing homes for veterans get nod

    Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board issued a statement celebrating the U.S. News & World Report 2013 that names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro among the best in the country.

    The magazine rated more than 15,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.

    The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

  • IRS offering help on YouTube

    With the April 15 tax filing deadline approaching, the Internal Revenue Service created a new YouTube video to provide taxpayers more details and tips to check on their tax refund.

    The new video “How to Use the Where’s My Refund? Tool”  offers in-depth information about how the redesigned “Where’s My Refund?” tool works on IRS.gov works.

    The IRS’s previous refund YouTube video,  “When Will I Get My Refund?” has already received more than 750,000 views.

  • ACAC competes in Southeastern Championships


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  • X, Leffew, Coach K receive 3-A awards

    The 2012-13 season in District 3-A was a good one for Roane County players and coaches alike. The All-District 3-A Team reflects that success as three of the top four superlative awards went to Roane County along with 15 more selections on the all-district teams.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sadly, a new chapter of jail house tale begins

    Some folks, we understand, are troubled by a recurring nightmare that disturbs their sleep virtually every night of their lives.

    We have not previously experienced this phenomenon, but we fear that we are about to do so.
    In this nightmare we will be joined by most of the citizens and taxpayers of Roane County.

    What, the reader may well ask, is the scenario which causes us to fear it so?

    It may be summed up in two words ­— The JAIL!

  • Starved boy’s dad wants trial moved

    Matthew Dotson is requesting a change of venue in his murder case.
    His attorney, Joseph Lodato of Knoxville, filed the motion in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.
    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 2-year-old son Clifford.
    Authorities have said the toddler was starved to death.
    Matthew Dotson is out on bond.
    Amanda Dotson, who is represented by public defender Walter Johnson, is still in custody.

  • Tiger Haven lawsuit is dismissed

    An agreed order of voluntary dismissal in the lawsuit involving Tiger Haven and nearby residents was filed in Loudon County Circuit Court on March 4.
    No further details were mentioned.
    Tiger Haven, which is located at 237 Harvey Road in East Roane County, houses several types of big cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.
    Some neighbors filed a $10 million lawsuit against the facility in 2011 in Roane County Circuit Court, claiming the facility caused fear, personal discomfort, inconvenience and a diminution in property values.

  • Check your detectors at time change

    This weekend, daylight savings time goes into effect Sunday morning, moving time up one hour.
    While moving clocks forward it’s also a great time to change the batteries in the smoke alarms in the home, said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.
    Goss said the Harriman Fire Department has free batteries they can install for Harriman residents.
    Call Station 1 at 882-3072.