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Today's News

  • Obed photography contest deadline nears

    The National Park Service reminds the public the deadline for submitting entries for the 2014 Obed photography contest is July 22.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather, or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

    Photographs may be submitted into one of five categories:

  • Sock-Hop Gala benefits student writers

    Roane Writers Group will host a benefit 1950s Sock-Hop Gala from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Event Center.

    Those attending this adults-only bash are encouraged to wear poodle skirts, jeans, pony tails and duck tails, saddle shoes and penny loafers.

    They may also park motorcycles and antique cars in front and go inside to dance to ’50s music by a disc jockey and a band.

    Reservations are $250 for a table of eight or $30 per person; school teachers are admitted for $25.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Panama City Beach, Fla.

    The Roane County News had fun in the sun and got sand between its — er, folds — when it took a trip to Panama City Beach, Fla., with a group of Roane County women.

    Vacationers, from left, Lesi Clough Gibson, Jill Cole, Robin Pitt, Diane Tate, Wendy Mee and Meri Bradshaw Kidd took a break from the rays and waves to pose for us.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

  • Fleischmann will be no-show

    The Roane County Tea Party planned to have U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and rival Weston Wamp appear at a debate forum in Kingston on Thursday.

    Now Fleischmann will not attend.  

    “Congress is in session during that time, so he will not be there,” Fleischmann spokesman Jordan Powell said Sunday.

    The Tea Party sent out a press release on July 10 that said, “Both candidates have agreed to attend.”

  • GUEST OPINION: Seigenthaler’s ‘45’ — words we all should know

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Freedom of Speech has lost one of its most eloquent voices.

    Freedom of Religion is today without one of its truest believers.

    Freedom of the Press has one less compelling writer — and one of its most-exceptional editors.

    Freedom of Assembly has one less person to stand with others — 50 years after he risked his life as a young man in defense of those marching peaceably for justice.

  • Property transfers: Feb. 24-27, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    Feb. 24 ― From Ronnie Crass to HHUX LLC by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Ronnie Crass property, Lot 1, $75,000.

    • From Ronnie Crass to HHUX LLC by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Ronnie Crass property, Lot 2, $50,000.

    • From Ernest A. Campbell and Linda Gaither Campbell to David Robinson and Alicia Robinson by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Reuben Dunsmore subdivision, Lots 25, 26, 27 and 28, $24,000.

  • Another voice: FREEDOM’S CHAMPION

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.

    One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.

  • Roane bowlers compete in Reno
  • Rockwood airs it out in scrimmage

     

    The start of the 2014 high school football season is more than five weeks away, but fans of the Rockwood Tigers got an early peek at their team Monday evening when the Tigers hosted Coalfield in a passing scrimmage.

  • Schools asking for 9-cent tax hike

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a $64.8 million budget on Thursday that requests a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.

    “It’s certainly not what we need, but it will keep us going for two or three years,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “By that time, we hope the economy will recover and the state will come through with some more funding.”

    The budget passed by an 8-2 vote. Mike “Brillo” Miller and Danny Wright were the two who voted no.