Today's News

  • 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.

  • Four Seasons’ Jordan to be at October Sky

    Clay Jordan, formerly of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will be one of the featured musical acts during the 11th annual October Sky Festival in Oliver Springs on Oct. 20.

    Jordan, who makes his home in Oliver Springs, was born and raised in the cities of Los Angeles County.

    While in junior high school, he taught himself to play guitar by ear. Up until the end of high school, he played guitar in garage cover bands that performed at talent shows, school dance and Battle of the Bands competitions.

  • Going With the Flo: Our founders had honor, but where is our honor?

    Never forget the price our founding fathers paid for our freedom!

    These were men of means with an education and a deep love for freedom. They knew the price they might pay, if caught, for signing the Declaration of Independence but knew the price would mean freedom for all Americans.

    Of the 56 men who signed it, five were arrested by the British as traitors, tortured and executed; 12 had their homes looted and burned by the enemy.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Trump adds to growth of foreign-born number

    Gentle reader, after the republic has rid itself of its current chief magistrate, Donald John Trump, by whatever means the gods ordain, we dare-say that faculties of numerous learned institutions will devote untold years of speculation, research, and in some case fantisization as to just exactly what was wrong with said Donald John Trump and just exactly why did he behave as he did during his tenure in the presidency.

  • Female paramedic sues for pay equality

    A woman who worked as a paramedic for Roane County EMS is suing the service in federal court.

    Rhonda R. Wallace claims in her lawsuit that she did the same work as her male counterparts, but was paid less.

    “Defendant discriminated against plaintiff on the basis of sex by paying wages at a rate less than the rate at which it pays wages to employees of the opposite sex, the disparity of which was based on plaintiff’s gender,” the lawsuit alleges.

  • Henry here on Fourth to speak in Harriman

    Tennessee Deputy Governor Jim Henry will speak during Wednesday’s Veterans Appreciation Day event at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    Henry, a Vietnam veteran, will speak at approximately 2 p.m.

    Gates open at noon, and the public is invited.

    A former mayor of Kingston, Henry was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as deputy governor on June 30, 2015, after serving two years as commissioner for the Department of Children’s Services.

  • DA elected to state executive committee

    Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, whose jurisdiction includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties, has been elected by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

    “I am honored to serve on the Executive Committee,” Johnson said. “I’m proud to call Tennessee home, and I am dedicated to making sure my neighbors in the communities I serve feel safe.”