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Today's News

  • TWFC to hold special meeting

     

    A special called meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) will be held via conference call on Friday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. (CDT). 

    The only item on the agenda is in regard to Proclamation 14-10 (early migratory bird hunting seasons).

  • Four from Roane named TSWA All-State

     

    Four Roane County softball players have been named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class A All-State Team.

    The quartet includes Midway’s Kallie Sohm and three players from Oliver Springs, Courtney Jones along with the sister duo of Emily and Rachel Griffith. 

  • McFarland loans campaign $75k

    How bad does Tom McFarland want to be circuit court judge?

    Enough to loan his campaign $75,000. According to his second-quarter campaign financial disclosure report, he did just that on June 18.

    McFarland’s contributions from individuals during the period totaled $2,000.

    John Valliant Jr., a Knoxville attorney, donated $1,000 of that.

    McFarland faces Mike Pemberton in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District. Russell E. Simmons Jr., the current judge, is retiring on Aug. 31.

  • Man who lost family in wreck shot

    A Roane County man is in stable condition after being shot Monday morning.

    The victim was Joshua Brown, according to authorities.

    Bobby Lee Murray Jr., 53, of Old Elverton Road, in Harriman, is accused of shooting Brown with a shotgun.

    “We are trying to determine what happened. We have conflicting stories,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said Brown had injuries to the back and right side, but they weren’t life-threatening.

  • Diabetes doesn’t stop 10-year-old

    Lauren Thompson is like most girls her age — a social butterfly.

    The 10-year-old, however, works more diligently than most her age to maintain her health.

    She has to.

    She has Type 1 diabetes.

    Lauren’s mother, Patricia Pair, knew something was wrong with her daughter when she was 3 years old. But she never imagined she’d hear a diabetes diagnosis from doctors.

    “It was such a shock, because what you thought was a healthy 3-year-old now had a pancreas about to quit,” said Pair.

  • Mom: 9-year-old OK to drive

    An Oliver Springs woman was charged with reckless endangerment after allowing her 9-year-old son drive the family’s Lincoln Town Car on area roads.

    Rebecca Laree Cochran, 32, 159 Old Hen Valley Road, was taken into custody after admitting to allowing her son drive.

    Police said a complainant who notified 911 said the vehicle was traveling on Old Hen Valley Road and had turned up toward 157 Old Hen Valley Road.

  • Back-to-school on a budget

    If you are a parent, chances are you are planning the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

  • GUEST OPINION: Disgusting, yes, but ‘cannibal’s’ thoughts are free

    By CLAY CALVERT

    First Amendment Center

    Cyberspace, perhaps due to the false sense of anonymity it provides, is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression. That was made abundantly clear recently.

  • The Garden Gate: It yam what it yam, but it's no sweet potato

    There has long been great controversy about whether yams and sweet potatoes are the same — or whether they are two different things.

    The argument consists of two different opinions, equally adamant.

    Some research into the matter is most clearly indicated.

    Webster’s Dictionary is a good place to start. It says that sweet potatoes are large, sweet, thick tuberous roots of a tropical vine related to the morning glory, with variously shaped leaves and purple flowers.

  • OR to dismantle bldg. with Friendship Bell

    Beginning the week of July 28, the city of Oak Ridge will begin dismantling the International Friendship Bell House in Bissell Park.

    Earlier this spring, the city commissioned a structural evaluation of the bell house to determine the extent of suspected water damage to the supporting beams.

    The evaluation determined the majority of the structure, which was holding the 8,000-pound Friendship Bell, was beyond repair.