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  • Trails Day embraced

    In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 7, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state.

    Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.

  • Hawkins produces another winner

    Christian Hawkins, a Kingston resident and recent graduate of Roane County High School, won first-place in advertising design at the Skills

    USA State Competion in April.

    Hawkins finished second in 2013, and used that to step up his game this year.

    “It was a big motivator,” he said. “That was my plan. I kept enough air in my head that I knew I was coming home with a gold medal.”

    Even so, Hawkins had some butterflies at the state event.

    “We had a lot of good competitors,” he said.

  • Bridges build teams for students

    Cherokee Middle School seventh-graders took a more hands-on approach to learning.

    “They are building bridges to the community in more than one way,” said Carrie Guy, seventh-grade teacher.

    Students finished a 10-day class project where they worked in teams to design, plan and build scale-model bridges.

    The mock architectural companies had to design and construct sturdy, weight-bearing bridges while keeping up with construction costs.

    Materials used were toothpicks for lumber, white glue as welding materials and cardboard.

  • GUEST OPINION: We all want free speech when we agree on topic

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    Campus collisions over commencement speakers. Over-the-top public reaction to celebrity shockers. And genuine fear of physical reprisals over controversial issues.

    Clearly, we’re a nation vigorously exercising our lungs as well as our rights.

    Vigorous give-and-take in the “marketplace of ideas” is part and parcel of the First Amendment.

  • Farmer, Woody differ on Plateau Park views

    Roane County already has more than $4 million committed to the Plateau Partnership Park. Roane County executive candidate Mike Farmer declined to discuss how much more taxpayer money he’d be willing to invest in the project if elected.

    “I do not believe that it is prudent to speculate on hypothetical situations,” he said.

    Farmer’s opponent in the Aug. 7 election, incumbent Roane County Executive Ron Woody, was clear about his position.

  • Circuit court clerk hopefuls face off

    The three candidates for Roane County circuit court clerk participated in a forum on Thursday at the Michael Dunn Center.

    The event was hosted by the Roane County Republican Women.

    The candidates – Ann Goldston, Marty Miles and Sarah Stewart – got to make opening and closing statements and answer questions submitted by the crowd.

    Goldston works in the office now as a deputy clerk.

  • Background clean, but no permit for old Grill & Pub

    Roane County’s Beer Board focused on the seedy history of the Grill & Pub last week when it voted down the on-site beer permit request of would be operator Roma Christopher.

    It made no difference that Christopher’s background check came back clean, which was part of attorney Wayne Henry’s argument why the board should permit her to open a facility.

    “We also know this location is clearly a legal location as far as distances and all those considerations,” Henry said. “I know this site has a history —”

  • Rockwood dismisses parks head

    Jody Mioduski is out as Rockwood Park and Recreation director — and if some members of Rockwood City Council wanted to know why he was dismissed, they didn’t hear it — or any discussion, for that matter — before the vote was taken.

    “I was never told the grounds for dismissal, and they have voted to dismiss me from the position,” Mioduski said following Thursday’s meeting in which the Council voted for dismissal.

  • MEDAL OF HONOR: Roane native credited with today’s design of decoration

    One of Roane County’s most notable military men may also be one of its least known.

    Kingston native George Lewis Gillespie Jr. received the Medal of Honor for his bravery as a Union soldier during the Civil War.

    What famously connects him to the military’s highest honor, however, has little to do with the battlefield and a lot to do with ingenuity.

    Possibly, some pride was in there, too.

  • Report cards delayed for many

    Roane County students in grades 3-8 will not receive report cards next week.

    In a news release, Roane County Schools said the delay is due to TCAP scores not being released by the Tennessee Department of Education.

    “These scores determine 15 percent of the second semester grade in math, reading, science and social studies,” the release said.

    Other school systems around the state also had TCAP scores delayed.

    The state gave systems the option to apply for a waiver and send report cards home without the scores being calculated.