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Today's News

  • Roane State athletes assist area students, teachers in classroom

    Roane State Community College baseball players and softball players pitched in at Roane County elementary schools during fall semester.

    Baseball players volunteered at Kingston Elementary School, and softball players helped out at Midtown Elementary School and Walnut Hill Elementary School.

    The athletes assisted with activities in the classroom and read to children.

    “The kids like it, and our guys really enjoy going out into the community and helping,” said Roane State baseball coach David Lane.

  • Tour Tennessee with Official Vacation Guide

    Want to see all there is to see in Tennessee? Check out the new Tennessee Official Vacation Guide.

    This year’s glossy magazine-style guide features special editorial spotlights on Tennessee’s 150th commemoration of the American Civil War, Bright Lights & Big Cities, Main Streets & Small Towns and African-American Influences.

    The Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative is covered in a special five-page spread with additional editorial highlights including Dining and Culinary and Tennessee Spirits.

  • 'Take Flight' exhibit coming to OR

    Children will have opportunities to create airplanes, helicopters and rockets from paper, launch them and discover the principles and forces that make flight possible in a new exhibit headed to Oak Ridge.

    “Take Flight,” a traveling exhibition from Science Works, will be open Feb. 5-April 24 in American Museum of Science and Energy of Oak Ridge.

    Innovative devices will help visitors launch paper airplanes to hit a target, release twirlers above the hoverport and blast paper rockets to new heights.  

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Warming up to a good book

    Today I will have the pleasure of spending the evening with a book club on River Road.

    I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when they originally asked me to join them for the session.

    I enjoy talking about good books, hearing what everyone else is reading and sharing the ones I love best.

    Recently, I temporarily swapped my copy of Edward Abbey’s classic Desert Solitaire for a friend’s copy of Ferrol Sams’ Run with the Horsemen.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Warming up to a good book

    Today I will have the pleasure of spending the evening with a book club on River Road.

    I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when they originally asked me to join them for the session.

    I enjoy talking about good books, hearing what everyone else is reading and sharing the ones I love best.

    Recently, I temporarily swapped my copy of Edward Abbey’s classic Desert Solitaire for a friend’s copy of Ferrol Sams’ Run with the Horsemen.

  • Goody, Goody – two new stores

    Goody’s is returning to Rockwood, and will be joined by Tractor Supply Co. to expand the city’s retail base.

    “Tractor Supply Co. should be open late February or March,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts. “They are taking half of the Flea World building.”

    Watts said store officials had looked at the former Kroger complex, but that building is or was tied up in bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Steel plant closing in March

    Dozens of Roane Countians will soon find themselves out of work due to ArcelorMittal’s decision to close its facility in Harriman by March 31.

    The facility’s high cost of production and limits in its steelmaking led to the decision, ArcelorMittal said.  

  • Would-be strangler sentenced

    A man who raped a college student in Putnam County and later tried to strangle her with jumper cables in Roane County will serve 25 years in prison.

    Waford Knight Bryant was sentenced in Putnam County Criminal Court on Monday.

    “We talked to the victim and her family, and everybody was pleased with the resolution,” said Tony Craighead, a prosecutor with the 13th Judicial District.

    Bryant lived in the same apartment complex as the victim in Putnam County.

  • A toast to 4-H, Cherokee Middle School
  • Sewing on the river