Today's News

  • Going With the Flo: Patriotism is standing up for what is right

    By Flo Charles

    What an electrifying, patriotic and unifying two hours Tuesday night as we listened to President Trump launch his 2020 reelection campaign for President of the United States! That center was explosive!

    Ten thousand to 20,000 were lined up outside the Amway Center in Orlando, with seating capacity of 20,000, waiting for over 45-plus hours in the rain — camping out to assure a seat.

    It was the most powerful speech I’ve ever heard and many said the same thing. In fact, the people didn’t want to leave.

  • Johnson to speak at Democratic Women’s Club

    State Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Democrat representing Knoxville’s District 13, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, June 24, meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club.

    The group will meet at 6 p.m. at The Other One, a deli at 178 Randolph Road in Grove Center, Oak Ridge.

    Johnson, who served previously in the state legislature from Jan. 2013 to Jan. 2015, won a hotly contested race against incumbent state Rep. Eddie Smith last November and took her seat in January.

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  • Roane a Second Amendment ‘sanctuary city’

    The Roane County Commission took a stand on the Second Amendment this month by passing a resolution declaring Roane County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”

    “We got some states and cities that are a little sideways right now,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

    “They’re putting in sanctuary cities for criminals and the illegals. I think it’s time that we take a stand like a lot of the counties across this state.”

    The resolution passed unanimously.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Technology great but contributes to society’s growing distrust

    By Mark Banker

    Many of us males once quipped that we could “neither live with - nor without women.” For me, that “neither/nor” distinction is now held by the latest in communications technologies.

    Since the mid-1980s, I have embraced computers and their spinoffs reluctantly and selectively.

    I first utilized word processing to compose a doctoral dissertation; I use it now to compose this column and other writing pursuits. E-mail is more convenient and faster than snail mail and reduces my need for stamps.

  • Should citizens get notice when city considers dissolving police?

    By Deborah Fisher

    More than 22 years ago, a group of citizens in Englewood filed a lawsuit against their city, alleging that their Board of Commissioners did not provide adequate notice of a meeting in which it selected a route for a highway expansion project.

    The case reached the Court of Appeals, which established a three-pronged test still relied upon today when considering if a public notice of a special-called meeting is adequate under the requirements of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act.

  • Community Probation Services pays county $7k

    Community Probation Services wrote Roane County a check for $7,611.59 earlier this year.

    The company’s contract requires it to pay the county 5 percent of its gross revenue.

    In 2018 that number was $152,231.80. Five percent of that was $7,611.59.

    According to a letter CPS Owner/CEO Jay Colton sent Roane County Executive Ron Woody, CPS made $125,095.92 off supervision, $10,444.88 for drug screens and $16,691 for electronic monitoring in 2018.

  • No picnic for IGA shoplifter

    The IGA grocery store in Rockwood is out nearly $13 worth of steaks and charcoal after a shoplifting suspect allegedly hid the items down his pants.

    The suspect was identified as Jonathan Tyler Newman.

    Police spoke with him and store owner Roger Sharp when they arrived at the IGA to investigate the incident.

    “Mr. Newman was removing a bag of charcoal from the front of his pants and a pack of New York strip steaks from the rear of his pants,” the report said.

  • Celebrity chef brings food for a cause to Oak Ridge

    Dig into fine dining at its finest, and all for a worthy cause, at an event that benefits homeless veterans.

    At 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Pattersons Home Appliance in Oak Ridge, Executive Chef Cardie Mortimer will prepare a New Orleans styled four-course dinner with Gulf shrimp and sausage from the Louisiana Crawfish Company in New Orleans.

    The tickets are $100 per couple.

  • RPD officer hit in groin

    A Rockwood police officer said he was kicked in the groin trying to arrest a man accused of assault last week.

    The suspect, David A. Flinn, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, Officer Rick Thomas responded to 603 Crestview Lane last Thursday to investigate a neighbor dispute.