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  • State parks offer special guided tours

    Tennessee State Parks is offering all-inclusive guided tour packages.

    Waterfall tours are available April 28-30, May 12-14 and June 9-11. The all-inclusive package, $249 per person, includes the tour, lodging, meals, interpretive programming and site visit transportation.

  • Roane hinges hopes on BEP formula revision

    The task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to study the state’s Basic Education Program had its first meeting on March 24 in Nashville.

    The BEP is the state’s funding formula for public schools.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who uncovered what he believes are some anomalies with the formula, attended the meeting.

  • Case again continued for ex-exec’s son

    A recent status hearing in Tyler Farmer's drug dealing case resulted in another continuance.

    It marked the sixth time the case has been continued, according to court records.

    Farmer, the son of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer, is accused of selling drugs in a school zone.

    Mike Farmer is again seeking election to the seat he lost in 2010 to Ron Woody.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said his office will not recuse from the case if Tyler Farmer's father is elected in August.

  • Roane Choral headed on ‘Beach Bash’

    Roane Choral Society will present two performances of “Beach Bash” on April 12.

    Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 W. Spring St. Admission is $15 per person and includes dessert and coffee served at guests’ tables.

    Call 354-0250 or 354-0541 for reservations.

    The performances will showcase well-known songs from the past, such as “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein and “California Dreamin’” by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas.

  • DAV offering vets rides to three clinics

    Roane County Disabled American Veterans Post 86 has its van-rider program up and running.

    Veterans who have a scheduled appointment to the Cookeville, Murfreesboro or Nashville VA facilities are eligible for the program.

    Call 304-0162 for information or to schedule a ride.

    Those using the program are asked to make the appointment in the morning.

    They are asked to be prepared to leave early in the morning and arrive back home in the afternoon.

  • Cherokee Middle School takes on ‘R-word’

    Cherokee Middle School is pushing back against bullies in a YouTube video.

    The video also focused on one particularly offensive name-calling theme: using the word “retarded.”

    Kellie Allen, a special education teacher at Cherokee, was behind the effort.

    “I decided I just wanted to raise awareness for anti-bullying and at the same time I wanted to raise awareness for ‘Spread the Word to End the Word,’” Allen said.

    “I wanted to make a video,” she added. She found a company called LemonDrop Productions that helped make the video for free.

  • Harriman police sting targets alcohol sales to minors

    Harriman police changed up its usual undercover routine to identify local businesses selling alcohol to minors.

    Harriman’s stings are usually in January and July, but this year, they held one on April Fools’ Day.

    Charged with serving to underage customers were Christina Stansbury, 18, Kingston, an employee at Gondolier’s; Kayla Reynolds, 26, Harriman, of Lee’s Food Market in North Harriman; Nilesh Patel, 40, Kingston, of Big John’s; Caitlin Lane, 23, Rockwood, an employee at Big E’s; and Amanda Love, 25, Rockwood, an employee at Dawg House.

  • Pre-April Showers for May Flowers

    “April showers bring May flowers,” the springtime rhyme says, but what happens when the rain starts early? A rain-drenched Zoe Abernathy peeks out from her hooded sunflower rain jacket as she walks down the cherry-blossom-lined sidewalk at Southwest Point. A rainy Saturday made for a soggy Home and Garden Show at the park and a wet Power of Purple 5K run for Relay for Life. Both events, however, went on as scheduled.

  • NO MORE ACHY BREAKY HEART

    A teen with Down syndrome who lost his beloved extensive CD collection now has even more music to fill his heart.

    Christopher Forrester’s heart was broken when he lost around 150 CDs. But fellow music lovers have done more than make sure the distraught 16-year-old got his collection back.

    “I’m excited,” said Forrester’s mother, Sarah Brown. “I’ve had people bringing CDs to my job and everything.”

  • Little interest shown in race for attorney

    The filing deadline for the Aug. 7 election is at noon Thursday.

    As of Monday, only one candidate – Greg Leffew of Rockwood – had qualified to run for Roane County attorney.

    That’s surprising to some, given the fact that the position pays $93,775 for what is a part-time job.

    “I don’t know why it hasn’t attracted more interest,” Harriman attorney Donice Butler said. “It does pay well.”

    Butler lost to Tom McFarland in the 2006 county attorney’s race.