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  • Cheerleaders rally at Harriman Care and Rehab
  • When mental illness, crime collide

    Criminal offenders often are mentally ill, and a program offered in Oak Ridge is geared at helping police to understand and difuse situations dealing with those people.

    A crisis intervention team teaches law enforcement on how to interact, understand and serve mentally ill residents they come in contact with.

    “It is a real vessel to get folks where they need to be when it comes to interfacing with officers,” said Brian Buuck, co-chairman of the CIT Taskforce.

    Buuck said it helps keep officers and the public safe.

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  • GUEST OPINION: Social media no longer ‘toys’ of free expression


    First Amendment Center

    Time to take social media out of the freedom of expression “toy box.”

    Serious issues and serious work now abound in this relatively young method by which we not only exchange information, but also to rally to causes and hold public officials accountable.

    Just a few years ago, scarcely a few percent of Americans turned to Twitter, Facebook and the like for real news and issues. The medium was dismissed as the stuff of gossip, personal notes and largely meaningless personal snapshots.

  • Hook, line and sinker

    Madison Baker has been fishing since she was 4.

    The teen takes her hobby seriously, with more trophies than she can carry. She comes by the competitive spirit honestly.

    “My grandmother (Elizabeth Baker) did it professionally. It is just something I’ve always been taught to do, and I love fishing,” Baker said.

    Her mother, Ann, said Elizabeth fished in different circuits and often traveled to compete.

    It has paid off already.

    “She won a Ranger boat,” Ann said.

  • Bowers students getting exposure to undersea

    A group of Bowers Elementary School students are being taught about coral reefs this semester.

    Their connection with the topic is particularly interesting.

    Recently they met with Jessica Fain and Bruce Cantrell, two Roane State Community College professors who are vying to break a world record by living 73 days under the ocean at Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla.

    Fain and Cantrell also will be teaching a class and conducting live programs that will be available free to the public.

    What do the Bowers kids think about all this?


    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam was in Midtown Friday celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Roane County.

    Haslam and a big blue bus have been touring the state to celebrate the state program, which partners with Imagination Libraries and local programs to provide books to children from birth to age 5.

    “I am very passionate about this program,” Haslam said. “It is something all of Tennessee should be proud of.”

  • Same-sex divorce case headed to appeals



    Rockwood attorney Mark Foster filed a notice of appeal last week in the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Foster represents Frederick Michael Borman, who filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in March.

    The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010. Iowa doesn’t require people to be residents to get married there, but they do have to be residents of the state to get a divorce.

  • School board dips into reserves



    Roane County Board of Educatoin delved into the school district’s reserve funds to put textbook purchases, security cameras and maintenance projects back in the budget.

    The amendment was approved at Thursday’s regular school board meeting. A few days earlier, the board had cut the expenditures out of the budget in a special-called meeting.

  • More than candidates on Nov. 4 ballot



    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said voters should easily be able to understand the constitutional amendments on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.

    “It’s pretty straightforward,” he said about the wording.

    The amendments deal with abortion, the appointment of judges and a state income tax.

    Holiway said he suspects Amendment 1 – the one dealing with abortion – could draw the most interest.