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  • Midtown Elementary choir takes flight

    Soon soft strains of holiday music will fill Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport.

    Among them will be the voices of children in the Midtown Elementary School Choir, who will sing from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    The choir, in its second year, is excited about the opportunity to play for strangers, although members have sung for residents of an assisted-living facility and more recently, for the school’s Veterans’ Day program.

    Student Sara Gunter looks at it this way: “I like to meet new people every day.”

  • Four-laning to Oak Ridge celebrated

    Officials from Oak Ridge, Roane County, Anderson County and the Tennessee Department of Transportation gathered Tuesday afternoon to dedicate the completion of the final phase of Hwy. 95 widening project.

    The project, which widened nearly 3 miles of two-lane highway to a four lanes, was 12 years in the planning stages but took just two years to complete once the construction phase began.

    The $15 million project also included two retaining walls, two bridges and wide shoulders for bicycles.

  • Temperance Building to be featured on show

    Harriman’s Temperance Building’s rich history and reported haunts will be the focus of a program on a major television network.

    G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal, “the ghost hunters of southern Tennessee,” has been holding paranormal investigations and tours at the building, which once housed the East Tennessee Land Co., which sold the land that would become the model Temperence community of Harriman. The building later housed the American Temperance University.

  • Lab-in-a-box fuels zeal for science

    I love science!

    That is the enthusiastic cry of one of the Rockwood Middle School sixth-grade students in Cassandra Dothard’s class.

    They are learning life science, thanks to hands on materials from what has been termed “lab-in-a-box,” a project of Rural Communities STEM Initiative, an Oak Ridge business and education partnership to help the school districts improve science, technology, engineering and math skills in the area K-12 students.

  • Roane funding of schools over Tenn. average

    Some have accused Roane County Executive Ron Woody of cutting funding for education.

    Data from the state, however, shows the percentage of local funds going to Roane County Schools has gone up since he’s been in office.

    “People say a lot of stuff,” Woody said. “It doesn’t mean they have the facts to support it. I think the evidence is in the reports.”

  • School board stymies transfer of Dunn land

    Is the Michael Dunn Center in the way of future retail development along Gallaher Road?

    Some county officials think so, according to President and CEO Mike McElhinney.

    “Members of the County Commission have said we don’t want to see Michael Dunn Center basically in our way if a venture, a Target or some other commercial development would begin along Gallaher Road,” McElhinney told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

  • Harriman looking at hiring facilities worker

    Harriman wants someone in place to maintain downtown hospital property when Covenant Health moves Roane Medical Center’s operations to Midtown.

    City Council approved creating the position of a facilities maintenance worker for those buildings and other city-owned structures, such as the Temperance Building.

    “There is no doubt there is going to be a tremendous need for the position,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

  • Starving boy’s dad makes court appearance

    Child starvation defendant Matthew Dotson made an appearance in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    A Roane County grand jury indicted him and his wife, Amanda Dotson, for first-degree murder in June. They are accused of starving their 2-year-old son, Clifford, to death.

    Matthew Dotson was released from jail on a $100,000 bond on June 29. Amanda Dotson remains in custody on a $100,000 bond.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said pretrial motions are scheduled to be heard in the case in March.

  • Earthquake felt in Roane County

    At 12:08 Saturday afternoon, Roane County residents received quite a shock as a 4.3 magnitude earthquake centered eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky was felt throughout East Tennessee. Whitesburg is located approximately 45 miles NNW of Kingsport.

    Social media lit up after the event with people all across Roane County saying they felt the effects of the tremor. The quake was reported to have been felt as far south as Atlanta and as far north as Cincinnati, although no immediate damage has been reported.

  • Bucking national trends, it’s Romney over Obama here

    Bucking the national trend, Roane County and the rest of the state went heavily for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s election.
    However, the solid local and state support wasn’t enough to help Romney achieve his goal of capturing the White House.
    The former Massachusetts governor conceded the presidential race to Barack Obama around midnight Wednesday.