Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Egypt doesn’t have political sense of humor

    Egypt has reportedly arrested a comedian for mocking President Mohamed Morsi, prompting criticism by the U.S. State Department.

    The State Department said the arrest of television personality Bassem Youssef  was “evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on freedom of expression,” according to Voice of America News.

    The incident stands in contrast to the robust nature of freedom of expression through humor and satire in the United States.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Largen: Will the Circle be Unbroken?

    Gentle reader, you no doubt are familiar with the hymn, “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” We, of course, know not the answer to that question about the future, but we do know that as to the present, the answer is definitely “no,” for we find that with each passing year our circle of friends and acquaintances is broken in more and more places.

  • Film gives Christian take on body image

    Harriman native Daryl Hall’s first film, Fat Boys, is a comedy with a heavy message.

    The longtime youth pastor, worked with a mashup of people from East Tennessee to produce his first film, a Christian comedy called Fat Boys that focuses on the image issues of obesity.

    “It just came to me one night,” Hall said.  

    The premise is “how a group of fat boys interact with one another.”

  • Beef thieves captured ... on the hoof

    A pair of pantyhose was used in an alleged meat caper at the Rockwood IGA last month.
    Annie Smith, 60, is charged with theft in the incident. Her 46-year-old alleged accomplice, Randy Harris, is charged with theft and evading arrest.
    Harris assisted Smith in hiding $206.89 worth of filet mignon in her pantyhose, Rockwood police allege in a report on the incident. The theft was captured by the store’s security video, according to the report.

  • Assault by gasoline? Police say affirmative

    A woman told police a man doused her car with gasoline on March 30.
    David Lee Hill, 47, has been charged with assault and vandalism in the incident.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, at 4:28 p.m. Deputy Stan Hohulin was dispatched to a 911 hangup call at 290 Massengill Springs Road.
    “I encountered the victim, Nicole Phillips, at 124 Massengill Springs Road,” the report said. “She advised she flagged down a passing motorist who drove her to safety from 290 Massengill Springs.”

  • Steak knives used in pool-shooting debate

    An argument over who is the better pool player has a Rockwood man in trouble with the law.
    J.C. Chapman was charged with aggravated assault on March 30.
    According to the arrest report, Rockwood police responded to 922 Bayless St. at 9:44 p.m.
    Police said Cynthia Moak said Charles Cofer and Chapman had gotten into an argument over who plays pool better, and Chapman went after Cofer with two steak knives.
    Cofer, police said, corroborated her story.

  • Business man shows off fun side

    Time spent with Joe Dickerson will tell you this: his mind is always churning.
    You may not know Dickerson, but chances are you’ve seen his creative side at work. He bought a little throw-away boat for $100 and set it up in front of his shop, JD Automotive Marine & Equipment on Hwy. 70 near Caney Creek.
    Dickerson decided to add a driver and a water skier, and when his quest for mannequins became too costly, he made his own. The spindly arms and legs of the water skier are made of PVC pipe.

  • Price for SROs in every school much too steep

    The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., prompted many, if not most, schools systems across the country to re-evaluate their safety plans.
    It also has prompted calls from some — including people in Roane County — to dedicate a school resource officer at every school.
    Resource is a key word here. If resources were no object, it would be fine to assign an officer to every one of Roane County’s 17 elementary, middle and high schools.
    We could be even safer and assign an officer to each and every classroom.

  • Debate over public notice is not over

    TPA Public Policy director
    State Sen. Ken Yager, sponsor of legislation championed by Tennessee Press Association as a defense against moving public notices from print to government websites, made special notice to his fellow senators that they were considering the bill during National Sunshine Week.
    The Senate passed SB461 on March 14 by a vote of 31-1 and sent it to the House, where HB1001 (the House companion) by Rep. Ryan Haynes, of Knoxville, passed the following week.

  • County porn scandal

    Melvin Moore, a former Roane County Property Assessor’s Office employee, watched pornography during after-hours at the office when he was alleged to be working, the county attorney says.
    Moore was former assessor Teresa Kirkham’s chief appraiser and front man during property appeals.
    “I had a conversation with him about it, just like a boss would an employee,” Kirkham said. “I reprimanded him pretty hard about it.”
    David Morgan defeated Kirkham in last year’s election.