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Today's News

  • RMS downs Midway for first win, 44-14

     

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers picked up their first win of the season and they did so in style Tuesday evening as Scott Harvey’s squad downed visiting Midway at Civitan Field, 44-14.

  • Oliver Springs teams at top of TVAA standings

     

    With the halfway point of the 2014 season nearing, the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association  (TVAA) standings are beginning to take shape. Two Oliver Springs teams claimed the top spot in the hopper and cutter divisions. Harriman is tied with Oliver Springs for the cricket division lead, while Rockwood grabbed the number one spot in the mighty mite division.

  • County not happy with PR funds distribution

    Roane County Commissioners directed County Attorney Greg Leffew to look into the Roane County Economic Development Foundation’s handling of the $1 million in TVA ash spill public-image repair money.

    The foundation met last week and voted to divide the funds ,with Kingston and Harriman each receiving $375,000, Roane County getting $150,000 and Rockwood, $100,000.

  • Kingston: “We want what’s ours”

    Kingston City Council members sent a strong message at their Sept. 9 council session: “We want what’s ours.”

    Council voted unanimously for a resolution supporting TVA’s plan to split around $1 million dollars in image repair funds between the various local Roane County governments. The money was part of a $43 million package TVA allocated for rehab — both physical and otherwise — after the disastrous 2008 fly ash spill in Kingston.

  • Dogs for the Dawgs fundraiser
  • Alliance Gala back in Roane

    The biggest fundraiser for economic development in Roane County will be held where it belongs.

    The Roane Alliance Gala will be at the expansive Volkswagen distribution center, which opened its doors in East Roane County in 2013.

    It will be hosted by Volkswagen Group of America on Saturday, Nov. 8.

  • Board of Ed makes cuts, eyes reserves

    The Roane County Board of Education made $1.017 million in budget cuts during a special-called meeting Monday.

    The cuts were necessary after the Roane County Commission voted down the board’s request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate last week.

    “That’s their job,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said of the commission, the funding body for the school system. “We just have to live with it.”

  • OS police officers now wearing body cameras

    Oliver Springs Police Department recently purchased body-worn video systems — or body cameras — and the small cameras are now part of each officer’s uniform in the town.

    The FirstVu HDs from Kansas City-based Digital Ally include 1-inch cameras and 2.5-by-4-inch DVRs that can be worn in a variety of locations.

    Body cameras have garnered a great deal of attention because of several high profile officer-involved shootings across the U.S.

  • The Garden Gate: Wreaths are reminders of never-ending circle

    The circle is an ancient symbol for eternity.

    A circle has no beginning — and no end. Wreaths and wedding rings express this symbol.

    Pliny wrote a book, “Natural History” in ancient times. From that, we learn the many market gardens of Athens supplied the city with flowers, vegetables and wreaths.

    The flowers were raised mainly for garland and wreath makers. They formed a distinct trade.

    Wreaths were an important part of every festive occasion in ancient times. They were used to adorn statues and altars.

  • Nominations sought for state arts awards

    The Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards.

    The awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts. They recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural life.

    “The awards provide an opportunity to recognize the state’s rich cultural heritage, and reward creative excellence in the arts,” said Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.