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Today's News

  • Still time to get in on RSCC High Tea

    Only a few tickets are left for Roane State Community College Foundation’s Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea this weekend.

    Sally Peterka, left, with Roane State’s Roane County site support team and Roane State Foundation board member Dana Peterka prepare items for a silent auction that will be part of the Jan. 24 Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea.

    The fundraiser, inspired by the hit show “Downton Abbey,” will begin at 2 p.m. in Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston.

  • Dyllis Springs honor roll: Second nine weeks 2014-15

    Dyllis Springs Elementary School applauds students who earned placement on its honor rolls and other achievements for the second nine weeks’ grading period.

    They are:

  • Austin Peay State University dean's list: fall 2014

    Shelly Starkey and Brandi Walls, both of Kingston, are among the Austin Peay State University students who earned placement on the dean’s list for fall semester.

    Students on the dean’s list have a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or greater.

    Austin Peay is in Clarksville.

  • Tusculum College graduates: fall 2014

    Two Tusculum College students from Roane County were among the school’s 233 recent graduates.

    Charles M. Snow Jr. of Oliver Springs earned a Master of Business Administration degree.

    Margaret L. Woods of Kingston earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, elementary K-6.

    Tusculum College is in Greeneville.

  • Volunteer State Community College dean's list: fall 2014

    Chasity Lively of Harriman has been named to Volunteer State Community College’s dean’s list for fall semester.

    Students on the dean’s list have completed a minimum of 12 hours with at least a 3.75 grade-point average during the awarding term.

    Volunteer State is in Gallatin.

  • University of the Cumberlands dean's list: fall 2014

    Kellie Ball of Harriman is among the students named to the University of the Cumberlands dean’s list for fall semester.

    To be eligible, students must have achieved a grade of “A” in convocation while maintaining a minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 3.50.

    University of the Cumberlands is in Williamsburg, Ky.

  • Henry leading initiative for Appalachian children

    Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry will chair a multi-state initiative designed to find solutions to help children and families throughout the Southern Appalachians.

    The Appalachian Child Welfare Leaders’ Roundtable, which is supported by Casey Family Programs, includes cabinet officials from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Free family concert Sunday

    The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Spring” in a free family concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    Children are welcome to go early for paper-puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. in the museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    The museum is offering free admission from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to support the concert.

    The concert is funded through the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET:

    Before we begin today’s contribution, we must do a bit of “housekeeping.” Regular readers were no doubt astonished when reading last week’s column to have come to the final paragraph and discovered that it had nothing whatsoever to do with the preceding topic, i. e. the Denny family and their building.

  • Protecting your right to know

    By FRANK GIBSON
    TPA Public Policy Director
    When governments create or authorize state and local agencies to create new programs, they typically require some measure of public disclosure as a form of public oversight and to make agencies accountable.

    As far back as 1789, during the first American Congress, that accountability has come in the form of public notices in independently published newspapers. Actions of the Congress were ordered to be published in three separate newspapers to ensure wide circulation.