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Today's News

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Here’s hoping pause is temporary

    Last week, the Roane County Commission approved property tax rates for 2018-19 that will not fund the school board’s proposed $67 million plan to consolidate Rockwood, Harriman and Roane County (Kingston) high schools at a site adjacent to Roane State Community College.

    Afterward, both Interim School Director Gary Aytes and County Executive Ron Woody reportedly agreed it is time to put the school board’s ambitious K-14 plan on pause.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: They’re not conservatives, they’re reactionaries!

    Gentle reader: We don’t watch a great deal of television, so you may have seen much more of the current TV advertising battle among the GOP gubernatorial candidates then we have, but the other day we saw one that seems to represent one of the great problems not only for our state, but for the nation.

    The upshot of this ad was that of the four candidates, two are in fact conservatives, but that one is not as he claims a conservative, but a MODERATE!

  • Going With the Flo: God blesses sacrifices; just ask Walter and Barbara

    By Flo Charles

    Walter and Barbara wanted to see the fireworks in Kingston on July Fourth.

    However, we learned that someone had a need. Our family tradition and God’s Word says to help anyone who is in need, not judging them as how why they got into the situation.

    God is merciful! He says, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)

    As Oswald Chambers says, “I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.”

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Kavanaugh part of Trump fulfilling campaign promise

    I find the recent controversy surrounding the selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice puzzling.

    After all, President Trump promised during the 2016 election that he would nominate conservative judges for the highest court in the land.

    With all the fuss over missing emails, “Russian collusion” and who grouped who, the mainstream media and a lot of Americans seem to have forgotten just what the 2016 election was all about.

    Selection of the top judges is probably the most important decision a president can make.

  • Check out Mars on the Obed

    Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects.

    National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide amazing opportunities to experience this critical resource.

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River is one of these special places where you can enjoy the quiet, dark solitude of nature at night, and now the Obed is one of the newest Dark Sky Parks designated by the International Dark Sky Association.

  • Set tourney not a swing and a “wiff”

    National Wiffle
    Tournament

    The National Wiffle Tournament returns to Roane County for another year. It is scheduled to be played at Drack’s Track in Harriman July 20-22. Teams from nine different states will compete for the title of best wiffle ball team. Admission is free for anyone who wants to watch the competition.
    July 21
    9 am     Golden Sticks v Augusta FP*
        Busch Lights v Bench Warmers FP
        ETW v ATL MP
    10am    ETW v Jazz FP*

  • Summer starts with seven

    h less than a month to go for the start of the high school football season, the Rockwood Tigers squared off with Sunbright Tuesday evening in a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Civitan Field. Above left: The Tiger receiver stretches to haul in a pass. Top right: Rockwood’s quarterback gets off a picture perfect pass.

  • Rasslin’ headlocks at armory
  • Broadband town hall set Friday

    The public is invited to a town hall meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the office of Rockwood Electric Utility to discuss rural broadband access.

    The meeting will be hosted by Roane County Commissioners Ron Berry and Darryl Meadows.

    “This is a chance for residents to learn more about broadband access in their community,” Berry said.

    State Sen. Ken Yager will also be in attendance to provide his perspective on the legislative side of the issue.

    Representatives from AT&T and Volunteer Energy will be in attendance. 

  • Presentation to address Poplar Springs project

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson will be hosting a presentation on the Poplar Creek project on July 25 at Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs.

    The presentation, which will begin at noon, will be hosted by Collier Engineering.

    Lunch will be provided.

    After the presentation, attendees will be able to travel to the Poplar Creek location for a site inspection.