Today's News

  • New Distance Learning Center opens

    Roane County Schools opened a new Roane County High School Distance Learning Center this week.

    The center is a dedicated classroom room ideal for large team meetings, cross-functional or training events and distance learning.

    The center has four large LCD screens and a Promethean interactive white board to enhance classroom participation.

    The LCD displays are for sharing rich media content and using collaboration tools. The classroom has integrated cameras, lights, microphones and speakers to optimize the learning experience.

  • Clark, Rue take top honors in annual writing contest

    Roane County High School senior Hannah Clark is the grand-prize winner of the second annual Roane County Student Writing Contest.

    Clark received the honor for her short story, “And His Sweat Became as Blood,” during an awards ceremony on Nov. 13 on the campus of Roane State Community College.

    Michael Vanlandingham, Clark’s advanced-placement English teacher, presented her with the “Flame of Knowledge” medal and expressed his praise for her creative, compelling short story.

  • Oliver Springs Elementary honor roll

    First Nine Weeks
    A Honor Roll

    Lilly Blair
    Taylor Boswell
    Taylor Bradshaw
    Brandon Buck
    Lindsay Buck
    Austin Byrge,
    Adam Carroll
    Johnathan Cate
    Sarah Channell
    Joseph Chaston
    Savannah Clark
    Tabatha Comeaux
    Sydney Cornett
    Jacob Dameron
    Abigail Daugherty
    Bradley Devaney
    Emily Duggins
    Sydney Duggins
    Julia Estes
    Lane Evans

  • ETSU sets Knoxville event for high school seniors, parents

    East Tennessee State University’s Office of Admissions will have a reception next month for Knoxville area high school students and their families.

    The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Peerless Restaurant at 320 N. Peters Road. Light refreshments will be served.

    Information offered will include admissions procedures, scholarships, financial aid and housing.

    Representatives from many academic departments will also attend.

  • Still time to pack a box for Operation Christmas Child

    Christmas is arriving early in Roane County, with Kingston First Baptist Church again serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child for festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.

    Through Operation Christmas Child, one of the world’s largest Christmas projects, Roane County residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  

  • Forget the sleigh: Santa rides the rails in December

    For just the first two weekends in December, Santa prefers the 2,000 horsepower convenience of the Secret City Scenic Excursion train.

    He'll be on board Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12 to delight children of all ages, and even Mrs. Claus will be there to help Santa distribute Christmas gift bags.  

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum volunteers will have the train all decked out in yuletide décor to make the jolly couple right at home while riding the rails and visiting the passengers.

  • 23 finish studies at RSCC

    Twenty-three Roane State Community College students from Roane County graduated following summer semester.

    Graduates with a grade-point average of 3.89-3.7 earned a magna cum laude degree. They were:

    Harriman — Lindsay Evans.

    Kingston — Derek Luttrell.

    Oliver Springs — Amanda Irwin.

    Rockwood — Brenda Brandon and Richard Kittrell.

  • Bowers Elementary honor roll

    First Nine Weeks
    A Honor Roll
    Third Grade

    Shelby Bowlin
    Adrianna Nolan
    Sydney Fisher
    Lucas Robinson
    Jerica Kanipe
    Jack Simpson
    Nina Elms
    Chyanne Weston
    Christian Martrain
    Marisa Webb
    Cameron Fitzhugh
    Fourth Grade
    Katie Higgins
    Jacob Kinney
    Elizabeth Rueff
    Fifth Grade
    Trinity Clark
    Madeline Moore
    Emily Swallows

  • Bedbugs not the end of the world

    Bedbug infestations are a growing problem, and their continuous resurgence has been a hot news topic of late.

    “They are actually just now getting into our area really bad,” said Jerry Hicks, who operates Jerry Exterminating in Harriman.

    The sight of one of those brown, apple-seed-sized bugs may make your skin crawl, but small infestations don’t mean the end of the world.

    It certainly doesn’t mean a residence is unclean.

    Bedbug infestations can happen in just about any type of location.

  • Hurley discusses her plans for Roane

    “It’s been interesting,” newly elected state Rep. Julia Hurley told the Roane County Chamber of Commerce about the race that won her a seat in Nashville.

    Speaking at the Chamber’s Tuesday luncheon at Roane State Community College, she talked about her triumph over incumbent Dennis Ferguson.