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Education

  • Midtown’s Panthers place in Lego League Challenge

    The Roane County Board of Education recognized members of the Midtown Elementary School Panthers at its December meeting.

    The Panthers placed second in the core values presentation in the Lego League challenge.

    Lego League is a program designed to help students develop a better understanding and appreciation of science and technology.

  • Roane State extends hours

    Roane State Community College will offer extended business hours to help students get ready for the start of spring classes.

    Extended hours for the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will be:

    • Monday, Jan. 12-Thursday, Jan. 15 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    • Tuesday, Jan. 20-Thursday, Jan. 22 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    On Fridays, the Roane County and Oak Ridge campus will maintain usual business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • RSCC student wins at GIS conference

    Roane State Community College student Joe Pyle enjoys working with his hands.

    As a student in the college’s geographic information systems program, his raw material of choice is data, and his craftsmanship has received statewide recognition.

    Pyle’s map predicting cell phone coverage along the Cumberland Trail won in the Best Analysis category at the East Tennessee Geographic Information Council Forum.

    Pyle’s map depicts the Cumberland Trail from Frozen Head State Park to LaFollette.

  • What goes into a snow-day decision?

    It is that time of year when school systems are faced with the possibility of having to close because of inclement weather or illness.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said closing for snow or ice is always a tough decision, and living in East Tennessee where the weather is often unpredictable makes it even more difficult.

    The school system depends a great deal on National Weather Service forecasts when making these calls.

  • Four Roane high schools part of ‘Scholars’ Bowl’

    Students from four Roane County public high schools are among those who will put their knowledge to the test in the 31st season of East Tennessee PBS’ “Scholars’ Bowl” program.

    Teams from Harriman, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools are among the 50 from 49 East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky schools who competed in the bracket-style trivia competition filmed over the course of several days in the fall of 2014.

    “Scholars’ Bowl” begins airing on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. each weekday.

  • Midway educators, staff help out inmates’ children

    On hand for Midway Elementary School’s inaugural “Toys 4 Inmates’ Children” toy drive are, from left, Principal Tim Thompson, Midway student resource officer Rick Butler and Sgt. Tina Adkisson of Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Midway school counselor Hylene Pankey, Lt. Rick Baker of Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Brenda Melton, Midway pre-K assistant.

    The toys were collected and donated by Midway’s faculty and staff and were handed over to the sheriff’s office for distribution.

  • 2 TCAT programs new for workforce

    The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved two new workforce programs at Harriman Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

    Diesel-powered equipment technician and welding at the Harriman site are among those approved in the TCAT system statewide during a quarterly meeting earlier this month in Nashville.

    A statewide production technician workforce program was also approved.

  • Sweet rewards for gingerbread house winners

    Ridge View Elementary School kindergartners in Sharon Evans’ class took top honors with their entry in Rockwood 2000’s gingerbread house display and contest.

    Classes and individual students created gingerbread houses to be displayed during the school’s 50th-anniversary open house celebration, which was part of the annual Rockwood Christmas Home Tour.

    Rockwood 2000 awarded the classroom a $100 gift card for the students’ accomplishments.

  • RSCC campuses close for holidays

    Roane State Community College campuses will be closed Dec. 20-Jan. 3 for the holidays.

    The college will reopen on Jan. 5, and spring classes will begin on Jan. 20.

    The Cumberland Business Incubator on the Cumberland County campus, will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1.

    Registration and other self-service options are available through the Roane State website, www.roanestate.edu.

    For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu or call 1-866-GO2-RSCC (1-866-462-7722).

  • TNStars cited as a top savings plan

    TNStars College Savings 529 plan has been recognized as one of the top direct-sold plans in the nation.

    TNStars is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury.

    It is ranked as the No. 2 plan in the country, according to SavingForCollege.org, which recently released the top 10 direct-sold 529 plans in the nation based on one-year performance rankings as of Sept. 30.

    The achievement is particularly notable because not only is the TNStars plan is only in its third year, but it has quickly risen to the top of its class.