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From left, Angel Bailey, Zoe Rose Birchfield and Raelyn Gann work on tossing their batons in the air for their routine. Due to rainy conditions the girls had to practice inside the cottage at Roane County Park making stretching out more difficult.
Twirling DOLLS

A Roane County woman wants to put a fresh spin on an old sport.

Kristie Bowman, an instructor who leads the baton-twirling group Rock Dolls, hopes to make the activity big again. She’s working on it with a group of graceful young girls.

“I started when I was 4 years old,” said Bowman. “I went on up through high school and then there wasn’t really much to do (twirling) here.

“Most everyone thanks me because there is nothing to do in Roane County for kids,” she added.