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Today's News

  • Scopes Trial missing link is here

    This weekend marks the 86th anniversary of the famed Scopes Trial in Rhea County.

    Residents there have turned the event, dubbed the “Monkey Trial,” into an annual festival.

    What does this infamous showdown on evolution at the courthouse in Dayton have to do with an obscure, sunken grave in Roane County?

    A lot more than you might think. But first, a little background.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: It's nice to pretend the good guys always win

    “You know what today is?” my mother asked in a recent phone call.

    “I do,” I replied without hesitation.

    She didn’t have to ask.

    I needed no reminder that July 11 was the fifth anniversary of my father’s death from cancer.

    I try not to dwell on the pain of his last days and the suffering which he handled with dignity.

    Instead, I try to focus on my fondest memories of him.

  • Officials: 30-percent water-rate hike unavoidable

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas officials say they’ve done a lot to cut costs, but a 30-percent increase in water rates is necessary to stay afloat.

    That was the response given to a lone opponent who attended the utility meeting Monday evening to speak against the increase.

  • State rep. to be assessed for desk damage

    State Rep. Julia Hurley doesn’t think carving the initials JCH into her desk is worthy of attention.

    “I feel that this desk is not a news story,” she said by email Tuesday.

    News organizations and bloggers saw it differently.

    “Deskgate” has spawned headlines and blog posts across the country.

    And the gesture could hit her in the pocketbook.

  • McFarland heads attorneys association

    Ascending to president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association was no surprise for Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland.
    He was elected vice president of the organization in 2010. 
    “The way our organization is set up, I’ll serve as vice president for a year and then I’ll be installed as president next year,” McFarland said in May 2010.
    His peers followed the custom and elected him president at the TCAA conference in Memphis back in May.  

  • Should public officials govern our free speech?

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s not a lot of free speech in most workplaces. The First Amendment provides that government cannot limit our speech, but we don’t enjoy the same liberty where we work.
    If you doubt that, you may want to try to petition your boss for a redress of grievances and then organize a march to his office to make your point.
    Chances are your free speech will end up giving you more free time than you ever intended.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: The passing scene grows more grotesque

    Ah, Gentle Reader, the last few days have been filled with unusual, noteworthy occurrences, haven’t they?
    For instance, a certain element, which is usually almost fulsome in its praise for the late Ronald Reagan and all his works, has forgotten, or maybe never knew of, his adventure in bombing Col. Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli.
    As we recall, he didn’t trouble the Congress with his plans, he just did it, and as a result the Col. had a complete conversion and behaved himself for several years thereafter.

  • Summer school: Lunch & Learn gives teachers career training in the workplace

    The Roane Alliance and Innovation Valley recently provided an Educators in the Workplace Lunch & Learn program to give area educators the opportunity to receive a little schooling themselves this summer.

    “The Roane Alliance, and the other economic development organizations who are partners in the Innovation Valley offer this program to benefit educators, students, businesses and the community overall,” said Allen Lutz, The Alliance’s education and workforce development specialist.

  • Yelton state’s homecoming queen for 2011

    Haley Sue Yelton of Rockwood has been selected Tennessee’s Homecoming Queen.

    A 2011 graduate of Rockwood High School, she was the school’s homecoming queen for 2010-11.

    Yelton, who was also chosen by online voters as Tennessee’s Favorite Homecoming Queen, will represent Tennessee during the 31st annual America’s Homecoming Queen Selection July 23-27 in Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

    She is the daughter of James and Angie Yelton of Rockwood.

  • Roane State Community College dean's list

    A number of Roane County students made the spring semester dean’s list at Roane State Community College.

    They include: