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Today's News

  • Kindergarten, pre-K sign-ups slated May 8-9

    Roane County Schools’ registration for kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2014-15 school year will take place next month.

    Registration will take place at the elementary schools from 2 to 5:30 p.m. May 8, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. May 9.

    Parents should register students for the 2014-15 school year at the school in their district.

    Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before Aug. 15; pre-K students must be 4 on or before Aug. 151.

  • Shakespeare scenes on stage this weekend

    The Roane State Community College Playmakers will perform scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this weekend in Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    Performances will be at 2 and 7 p.m. April 26 and at 2 p.m. April 27. Admission is by donation.

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy that tells the story of four young Athenian lovers and six amateur actors who become entangled in the intrigues of fairies who live in the forest where the play is set.

  • RCHS percussion ensemble members play at UT

    Roane County High School percussion ensemble members Madison Pearson and Molly Perry tackle the marimbas during a percussion festival on the University of Tennessee campus, Knoxville.

    They were among 18 percussion ensemble members to study and perform with Andrew Bliss, UT’s director of percussion studies.

  • Midway March students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Tim Thompson, far left, and assistant principal Jennifer Spakes, far right, recently honored the school’s March students of the month.

    They are, by grade order, Paige Moses, Austin Sears, Jonathan Townsend, Kaylie Stair, Charity Pilkey, Mirrandia Haile, Kaitlyn Hubbard, Alexis Donalson, Riley Gouldy, Shelby Bacon, Destiny Squire, Hadence O’Toole, Bree Duff, Tyler Bentley, Chris Shooster, Josie Thompson, Jacob Gardner, Malachi Kelsay, Abby Townsend and Hunter Henderson.

  • High school graduations 2014
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lamar Alexander writes for Times Free Press

    Gentle reader, as you doubtless recall from our numerous previous references, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has, since the two papers merged, retained separate editorial pages, one for the Times editorial opinions, and the opposite for the Free Press editorial opinions.

    On the 15th, the Free Press editorial page ran a guest editorial, or commentary, from our senior U. S. Senator, Lamar Alexander, entitled “What to do about Tax Day.”

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  • Twin Tower climb inspires firefighters

    Two Kingston firefighters joined hundreds of others climbing steps in honor of those who went up the stairs of the Twin Towers in the rescue attempt before the buildings collapsed after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    “It was a 9/11 memorial stair climb. It was for the 343 firemen that died in the World Trade Centers,” said Bradley Goss.

    The Twin Towers in New York were hit by commercial airliners that had been hijacked by terrorists. The Pentagon was also hit.

  • Ruppe ‘too valuable’ to lose

    Rockwood City Council will once again consider a proposal to promote City Recorder Becky Ruppe to city administrator at its meeting Monday.

    “She is much too valuable,” Mayor James Watts said. “We are lucky to keep her.”

    Watts, who has reached his term limit this year, said he wants to leave the next mayor with someone who understands the budget.

  • Kingston work could lower home insurance

    On a scale of 1 to 10, the city of Kingston gets a 4 on fire safety.
    And that’s not a bad thing. The Insurance Services Organization rates fire departments according to their level of preparedness every few years, with a 1 signifying the highest level, and a 10 meaning no preparedness at all.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon reported on the city’s latest rating at April City Council sessions. The ISO rating also determines fire insurance rates in the department’s coverage area.