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Today's News

  • $67M SCHOOL PLAN NOT IN NEW BUDGET

    Commissioners who support the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan sat silent when the property tax rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year came up for discussion at Monday’s meeting.

    They could have moved to raise the rates to generate funding for the plan, but none did.

    Commissioner Darryl Meadows said it came down to simple math.

    “The votes just aren’t there,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

  • Teen back to juvenile court on murder charge

    The case of a teen who shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend is returning to juvenile court.

    Jacob Kinney’s second-degree murder juvenile case was transferred to Roane County Criminal Court last year, but a grand jury failed to indict him on that charge, instead going for a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that is not one of the transferable charges from juvenile court, and the defense argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court.

  • Serial burglar arrested five days into 60-day furlough

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink’s 60-day furlough has been revoked. The move came following his arrest on Saturday for violation of probation.

    “The offender tested positive for opiates on July 6, 2018 and signed a self-admission form,” the violation of probation warrant states.

    Fink, 37, pleaded guilty in 17 separate burglary cases in March. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to 12 years in prison on July 2, but gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.

  • 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.

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