• Author Mascaro to kick off series

    Knoxville area author Marilyn Mascaro will be the featured speaker at the new Arts and Lectures series at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Mascaro, an educator, writer, traveler and East Tennessee native, will discuss her latest book, “Surviving History: The Life of B.Y. Harris in East Tennessee.”

    It’s described as “creative non-fiction” and is about a relative who fought in the Civil War.

    The event will be in the Oak Ridge City Room (A111) at 3:30 p.m. March 1.

  • 'I Hate Shakespeare!': Roane State Playmakers give modern intro to The Bard

    The play name is misleading, but it is enticing.

    “I Hate Shakespeare!” by Steph DeFerie, debuts today (Friday, April 15) at Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre.

    Performed by the RSCC Playmakers, the play is described as “a funny and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare,” and includes modern-day updates such as cellphone conversations, slang-driven translations and even zombies.

  • Kingston student winner at state level

    Kingston Elementary School fifth-grader Conard Belitz and his parents, John and Emily Belitz, are accompanied by Jack Allen, Tennessee Elks Drug Awareness Program chairman, and Mike Randolph, Oak Ridge Elks Lodge exalted ruler, as Conard is presented with honors from the Elks Drug Awareness Program and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    Conard is the state winner of the Elks Drug Awareness poster contest.

    He received a plaque and $50 Visa gift card for his “Just Don’t Do It” poster entry.

  • Midway students of the month

    Midway Elementary School Principal Tim Thompson and Assistant Principal Jennifer Spakes honor the school’s February students of the month.

    They include Will Letner, Gabby Gross, Madalyn Sproehlich, Ethan Parks, Tyler Bentley, Jayleigh Davis, Ethan West, Roland Leach, Mikey Donalson, Levi Brooks, Tatum Collier, Cruz Woody, Abigail Cagle, Paige Moses, Adreona Squire, Kamryn Simcox, Charity Pilkey, Nichole Maxwell, Lexie Cagle and Vincent Hephner.

  • Kingston Elementary kids shine in annual science fair

    Kingston Elementary School third through fifth graders showed off their scientific skills last week, as the school hosted its annual science fair.

    Fifth grade science teacher Betsy Johnson feels the science fair is an exciting way for students to learn.

  • Midway Elementary hosts science fair

    Learning from a book is one thing, but hands on experience is another and hands on experience is what students in grades three through five at Midway Elementary School received last week at the school’s science fair.

    Last week’s science fair marked the second straight year the school has put on the event, and although the fair is voluntary for students, this year’s science fair was bigger and better than a year ago.

  • STUDENTS Building Boulder-Throwing Robot


  • Midway STUDENTS help vets in need

    Members of Midway High School FFA, Future Farmers of America Club, partnered with their agriscience class and high school football team for a community service project to help East Tennessee veterans during the holidays and the winter season.

    They put together 500 snack bags and 55 care sets that included a sweatshirt, sweatpants, winter socks, hats and gloves.

    The project stemmed from an agriscience lesson related to leadership and identified various community service opportunities through the FFA.

  • Roane students eligible for ETF awards

    East Tennessee Foundation has seven scholarships available to Roane County students for the 2015-16 school year.

    The Foundation’s scholarship program requirements range from financial need to scholastic achievement.

  • New initiative designed to help adults finish degree

    “Tennessee Reconnect + Complete,” a Drive to 55 initiative focused on encouraging Tennessee adults with some college credit to return to college and complete their degree, was rolled out this week by Gov. Bill Haslam.

    According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, about 940,000 Tennessee adults have enrolled in a postsecondary institution in the state and achieved some college credit but left before obtaining a degree or credential.