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Today's News

  • 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. 

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Nation’s troubled times no surprise

    By Mark Banker

    Two weeks ago, I speculated about how future observers may view our era. Today I return to my assertion that the quest to “Make America Great Again” may someday be understood in the context of broader developments that transformed the United States in the second half of the 20th century.

  • TWRA schedules July meeting

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will have its next meeting July 12-13 in Chattanooga. The TFWC will be holding its first meeting of the year away from Nashville and will be returning to the Scenic City for the first time since October 2015.

    The downtown Westin Hotel will be the site for the meeting. Thursday’s committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. (EDT). The regular commission meeting starts at 9 a.m., Friday. The public is invited to attend each day.

  • Free agency a show unto itself

    As a professional sports fan, it’s a fact of life.

    There is a very strong chance your favorite player that came up as a rookie with your team won’t finish his career with them.

    Heck, the player might end up on a few different teams before his time in the league ends.

    Thanks to free agency pro sports teams have a revolving door for players who come and go.

    It makes it hard for fans to form any sort of bond with the team.