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Today's News

  • 4-H'ers collecting supplies

    Roane County 4-H Club members are in the midst of collecting supplies to be given to the American Red Cross.

    The supplies will be distributed across the state to youths affected by disaster.

    Supplies the public is encouraged to contribute include 3.5-ounce bar of soap, 2-ounce bottle of shampoo, youth-size toothbrush, .85-ounce toothpaste, washcloth, 5-inch comb, small pack crayons and activity/coloring book.

  • View life in Scarboro at museum exhibition

    Glimpses of life into the African-American community of Scarboro is shown in a special exhibit on display through April at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    “When you look at the pictures, personal items and hear the oral histories told by Scarboro High School graduates, you journey back in time to relive their experiences,” said Rose Weaver of Oak Ridge, collector of Scarboro memorabilia.

  • Collins-Austin

    Danielle Collins and Thomas Kaine Austin of Tallahassee, Fla., announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. April 15 in Tallahassee.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Lt. Col. and Mrs. James D. Collins of Tallahassee.

    An office manager and commercial real estate agent for Structure Commercial Real Estate, she is a graduate of Mosley High School and Florida State University.

    The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Milburn of Brentwood and Thomas A. Austin of Kingston.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 16

    25 Years Ago
    After much discussion — and knowing taxes would have to be raised to pay for it — the Roane County Commission voted 11-3 to give the next county executive and county attorney pay raises of $7,679 and $6,613, respectively. Reasons cited were a demand for service, progress and quality government and keeping in mind the responsibilities of each.

    10 Years Ago

  • Local artist takes to the wheel

    When Kingston resident Larry Gabbard sits down at the potter’s wheel, there’s no telling what might come of it.

    Each technique offers something different.

    Glaze, temperature and clay all play their parts in the methodical and creative process. The possibilities seem endless.

    Samples of his creativity are being featured at the Kingston Public Library through the rest of the month.

  • Ambulance charges stay where they are

    The idea of raising rates that the Roane County Ambulance Department charges for transport services didn’t have Commissioner Nick Forrester’s support.

    “I think there’s others ways that we can go about bringing in revenue, rather than raising rates of our citizens,” he said. “I just want to say that I’m opposed to it, and hope you’ll agree with me.”

    Seven others did and a motion to raise the rates failed 8-7 at Monday night’s commission meeting.

  • Airport booster has nearby farm

    One of Rockwood Airports biggest supporters believes the facility could be an economic boon for the community.

    The airport’s success could be an economic success for her family, as well, but Councilwoman Peggy Evans said that hasn’t crossed her mind when fighting for investment in the airport.

    More than 500 acres of a Cumberland County farm not far from the airport belong to the Tom Evans family, including his widow, Peggy Evans, and their children.

  • Who is next to head the schools?

    Roane County Board of Education Member Frank Mee said he’s concern about the lack of action on the system’s top position.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30.

    The board has not voted to extend the current contract or start the search for a new director.

    “We can’t just wait until the end of the year to address this,” Mee said. “If we’re going to be looking for one, we need to get the word out right now, so if anyone is interested they can get in touch with us.”

  • Cleaning up
  • Tigers split with Wartburg

    In what could be a preview of the upcoming Region 2-A Tournament, the Rockwood Tigers and Wartburg Bulldogs split a pair of games at Rockwood's Tom W. Evans Gymnasium Friday night.