Today's News

  • New scholars program introduced

    The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Farm Credit Services of Mid-America have created a scholars program within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

    Each academic year, five Farm Credit Scholars will be selected to enter customized curricula that include specially designed coursework, an international experience, mentoring opportunities and an internship.

  • Cherokee places fourth in MathCounts contest

    By Shelby Brooks, For Roane Newspapers

    Five students from Cherokee Middle School's eighth-grade class attended the MathCounts regional competition at the University of Tennessee on Feb. 4.

  • Health physics grad degrees on the rise

    The number of health physics degrees increased for both master’s and doctoral candidates in 2010, but decreased for bachelor’s candidates, said a report released this year by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

    The ORISE report, Health Physics Enrollments and Degrees Survey, 2010 Data, surveyed 24 academic programs with enrollment and degree data and included students majoring in health physics or in an option program equivalent to a major, such as other health physics-based programs embedded in life sciences and engineering.

  • In-demand major an easy transfer from Roane State

    Careers in computer science are among the fastest-growing in the country, and with Roane State Community College’s computer science Tennessee Transfer Pathway, students can be assured that if they start a computer science degree at Roane State, their credits will transfer to any state public university.

  • Ridge View pays tribute to Garrett with stage name

    A fine teacher and a fine person.

    Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller used those words to describe Deborah Garrett, music teacher at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood for 25 years.

    Garrett passed away last year. Miller said the staff at Ridge View requested that the stage in the auditorium be named in her memory.

    “I support that 100 percent,” he said.

    His fellow board members did as well, approving the motion unanimously at the March 15 board meeting.

  • Rockwood 2000 one of newest supporters of Literacy Council

    Rockwood 2000 is among the newest supporters of the Roane County Literacy Council with a donation of $250.

    The council serves as an advisory board for the Roane State Community College/Roane County Adult Education Program in Rockwood.

    The donation was presented to Paul Woodward, president of the Roane County Literacy Council and Melissa Browder, director of Adult Education, last week by Mary Kau, vice president of Rockwood 2000.

  • Amateur vintner enjoys fruits of labor

    A vineyard isn’t required to make your own bottle of wine. All one really needs is fruit, a willingness to learn, a few tools and some patience.

    B.J. Gillum of Rockwood enjoys the process — and the excitement that each new batch brings.

    “It’s like digging for gold,” Gillum said. “Each fruit batch that you pick or gather could be better than the last, and you don’t know until it’s in the bottle. So you hope it’s going to be really good.”

  • Guilty man released in mom’s death

    Prosecutors got a conviction against Milford Barnett.
    It wasn’t the one they were seeking.
    “I respectfully ask you to find the defendant guilty as charged,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy appealed to the jury in final arguments Wednesday.
    Barnett was charged with second-degree murder. The jury, which was sequestered for the trial, found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The verdict was returned Thursday morning.

  • No charges in fatal Rockwood accident

    The driver of an SUV that struck a pedestrian on North Gateway Avenue in Rockwood will not face charges, Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said this week.
    The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. on March 22 in the 300-block.
    According to the crash report, Robert E. Nelson stepped into traffic on Gateway while Larry A. Thompson was traveling north in a Ford Expedition.
    “Witness, Jesse Scozzaro, states that he (Nelson) was narrowly missed by an unknown northbound truck in front of her and that he continued on into the path of Unit 1 (the Expedition),” the report said.

  • TVA to sound sirens in test Thursday

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant on Thursday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m.
    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries.
    This is only a test.
    The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.
    TVA routinely conducts training and drills at Kingston and other fossil plants where chemicals are stored, to ensure proper procedures are followed if a spill or release of the materials were to occur onsite.
    This is a regular monthly test of the notification system.