Today's News

  • Roane State extends hours

    Roane State Community College will offer extended business hours to help students get ready for the start of spring classes.

    Extended hours for the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will be:

    • Monday, Jan. 12-Thursday, Jan. 15 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    • Tuesday, Jan. 20-Thursday, Jan. 22 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    On Fridays, the Roane County and Oak Ridge campus will maintain usual business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Midtown’s Panthers place in Lego League Challenge

    The Roane County Board of Education recognized members of the Midtown Elementary School Panthers at its December meeting.

    The Panthers placed second in the core values presentation in the Lego League challenge.

    Lego League is a program designed to help students develop a better understanding and appreciation of science and technology.

  • RSCC student wins at GIS conference

    Roane State Community College student Joe Pyle enjoys working with his hands.

    As a student in the college’s geographic information systems program, his raw material of choice is data, and his craftsmanship has received statewide recognition.

    Pyle’s map predicting cell phone coverage along the Cumberland Trail won in the Best Analysis category at the East Tennessee Geographic Information Council Forum.

    Pyle’s map depicts the Cumberland Trail from Frozen Head State Park to LaFollette.

  • Obama visit, but no Fleischmann

    U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is not expected to be among the officials in attendance for President Barack Obama’s visit to East Tennessee today — Friday.

    “He is currently scheduled to be in D.C. voting during that time,” Fleischmann spokesman Tyler Threadgill said.

    Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to make stops at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville and the Techmer PM in Clinton.

  • State extends landfill comment period

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has decided to extend the public comment period on TVA’s application for a permit modification of its Class II landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill has already been built and is currently being used to store gypsum. The modification to the permit would allow TVA to also store dry fly ash there.

    The public comment period has been extended to Feb. 9.

  • Governor convenes two-hour special health-care session

    Gov. Bill Haslam is convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two-year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.

    The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices.

  • OUR OPINION: Kirby Delauter won’t go nameless in this newspaper

    I’m not the resolution kind of gal, but I made one this year:

    I’m going to write more newspaper columns.

    That’s good or bad, depending on your stance. Heck, it’s good or bad depending on my stance, because sometimes life gets in the way of sitting down to a blank page and knocking out prose that you hope will give someone pause or a smile.

    I’d been toying with a column idea for a few days. It’s a lament I share with friends every year, but I haven’t ever put it into the written word.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ringing out the old, ringing in the new

    After our holiday hiatus, we begin our new series of weekly columns with a bit of looking back at the year past, mixed with a bit of looking forward to the year present and coming on.

    First, on a purely personal note, despite some setbacks and less than perfect developments, 2014 has on the whole been for us a splendid year.

  • Getting, spending grants tricky biz

    Experienced city officials know that securing state and federal grant money is competitive business.

    They also know that if they are lucky enough to land one, the strings that come with it can complicate spending the money.

    When the Kingston City Council met this week, both aspects of the grant process were up for discussion.