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Today's News

  • Cotillion expanding into Roane

    The National League of Junior Cotillions, a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle and junior high school students, plans to establish its national program in Roane County.
     “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion,” said Elizabeth Anne Winters, National League of Junior Cotillions national director.
    The organization has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 34 states.

  • Spring’s the time to catch a train

    Travelers along Hwy. 58 or Blair Road in Roane County on the first or third Saturday of April may hear a diesel horn echoing through the hills, or see a very visible sign of spring in the vintage passenger train that looks like it rumbled right out of the 1940s.
    April is the month when buds on the trees of Poplar Creek Valley start turning green, and the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train starts showing up to take happy passengers through the hardwoods and meadows of the valley.

  • March Madness
  • Health Screenings
  • Inman leads Roane County's all-district selections

    The 2010-11 season was a good one for the Harriman Blue Devils and Harriman’s accomplishments were awarded recently as Blue Devil senior Dimitrique Inman was named District 3-A Player of the Year while Harriman head coach Jeff King was named Player of the Year.

  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    A lot of time in prayer, sleepless nights and friends pulling her both ways.

    Roane County Board of Education member Marjorie Earick said those were some of the things she endured when pondering what to do about Director of Schools of Toni McGriff’s contract.

    “I finally had to come to the point to, Marjorie, what do you think is right?” she said. “What’s right for this county is for me to vote for Dr. McGriff for another year.”

  • GAS PAINS: Price at pump is binding budgets

    With gas prices skyrocketing at more than $3 in the last weeks, people on the private and public sectors are feeling the pinch.

    Roane County residents who commute or who travel for their work are especially noticing.

    “I drive the most fuel efficient car we have,” said Roane County resident Sarah McCoin. “I can’t afford to go to my job in Knoxville with a gas guzzler.”

    “I feel sorry for so many employees,” she added.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: That wearisome rain also can revive

    The original point of this column was to complain — bitterly, I might add — about the recent rains.

    The rain that flooded my basement early last week.

    The rain that poured down in buckets near Chattanooga where I spent an otherwise fun weekend.

    And Wednesday, what did we get?

    Here’s my checklist: more dreariness, more cold, more flood advisories — more rain. By quitting time, my sorry, soggy soul was saturated.

  • VIEW FROM LICK SKILLET: Some random thoughts on the passing scene

    By Gerald Largen

  • Manson killer remains behind bars

    Manson Family killer Bruce Davis waived his parole hearing earlier this year and remains behind bars in a California prison.

    Davis, 68, graduated from Roane County High School in 1961.

    He hooked up with Charles Manson after making his way to California.

    Manson and his followers went on a violent killing spree in California in 1969.

    Davis' attorney Michael Beckman argues that his client's role in the Manson Family was small.