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Education

  • Summer school set for teachers

    Higher education and K-12 professionals will converge on Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College campus in June for the Peabody Professional Institutes.

    Five week-long institutes from June 10-28  include:

    Achievement Gap Institute, focusing on understanding and developing tools for closing the achievement gap;

    Beginning Teachers in Independent Schools, offering professional development for new or early career teachers;

  • Field Trips: February 2013

    Upcoming out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in February:

    Feb. 4-8 — Oliver Springs Middle sixth grade attended Tremont in Townsend.

    Feb. 14-15 — Two Roane County High wrestling students competed at state tournament in Murfreesboro.

    Feb. 22-23 — Five Roane County High and five Rockwood High Science Bowl Team members competed in Science Bowl at Pellissippi State Community College in Maryville.

  • Unitarian Universalists on the move

    After almost six decades at Robertsville Road and Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church has purchased 4.6 acres for a new building.

    The 260-member congregation closed on the property at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike in late February. Plans are for the new building to be completed by Thanksgiving 2014.

    “Of course, relocating the church building has been an enormous undertaking, and an emotional one, for this community,” said the Rev. Jake Morrill, church minister since 2003.

  • New app for Tech students

    Members of the Tennessee Technological University community have a new way to keep up with the university on the go with a mobile app full of news, maps, videos and information about athletics and events at the Cookeville university.

    In addition, students have access to information about their courses, including assignments, grades and announcements.

    “Students are so busy and have so many demands on their time that we wanted to give them easier access to information,” said Rick Cumby, administrative software support group director.

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Dean's List: Fall 2012

    Sixteen students from Roane County are on the dean’s list for fall semester at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  

    They include Jordan Burdette, Kala Cisson, Samuel Collins, Kiley Gunter, Kramer Gunter, Maryann Hix, David Ingham, Matthew Jallouk, Jordan Kaldenbach, Spencer Klein, Kristen Kyker, Hali Morris, Abigail Overstreet, Amanda Riggs, Callie Scandlyn and Cody Wampler.

    UTC students who make a 3.2 or higher semester grade-point average are awarded the honor.

  • Math Night at Bowers adds up to family fun

    Two nights of family mathematical fun were to focus in Harriman as 143 families put their skills to the test for Bowers Elementary School’s second annual Family Math and Reading Nights.

    Family math activities and games, bingo for books and dinner were among the attractions.

    Each math teacher created one math activity or game for the families to play.

    Games involved dice, cards and dominoes with homemade, store-bought  and electronic games.

  • East Tennessee State University dean's list: Fall 2012

    Fourteen students from Roane County earned placement on East Tennessee State University’s dean’s list for fall semester.

    They are:

    Harriman — Taylor R. Borum, Christopher C. McCarroll and Caitlyn N. Swymer.

    Kingston — Danielle V. Casaus, Emily P. Denton, Derek T. Gurney, Elaine A. Hall, Kezia R. Hensley, Katrina Y. Kaldenbach, Ryan C. Orick, Holly M. Parkison and Erika B. Smith.

    Rockwood — Allison M. Breazeale and Jordan E. Williams.

  • Cover girl: Easter creates award-winning anthology art

    Elizabeth R. “Lizzy” Easter of Rockwood is the award-winning artist whose work is featured on the cover of “Read Our Word, Hear Our Voice: Anthology of Poetry, Essays and Short Stories.”

    The Roane State Community College student’s drawing was selected as the winner of a Roane Writers Group art competition and was announced earlier this year in a ceremony in front of Easter’s classmates.

  • Middle Tennessee State University Graduation: Fall 2012

    Six students from Roane County were awarded degrees at Middle Tennessee State University during fall commencement.

    They are:

    Kingston — Reed M. Quillen and Jordan A. Smith.

    Lenoir City — Lauren B. Gregory.

    Oak Ridge — Katelyn M. Gurecki, Emily C. Oswald and Megan A. Singleton.

  • Head Start now taking applications

    Mid-East Community Action Agency is accepting applications to enroll children in Head Start.

    Head Start is a federal early childhood program that promotes school readiness from ages birth to 5 in low-income families by enhancing cognitive, social and emotional development.

    It provides a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, physical development and health, social and emotional development and approaches to learning.