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Today's News

  • Tornado touches down in Roane

    A small tornado touched down in Roane County on Wednesday around 6:40 p.m, according to the National Weather Service.

    Meteorologist Lyle Wilson said the tornado struck seven miles west-northwest of Loudon.

    “The information that I have is it was 100 yards long,” Wilson said. “The path width was 20 yards wide.”

    Wind speeds topped out around 70 mph, he said. The weather service usually sends a survey team to confirm a tornado touch down, but Wednesday’s was confirmed through other means.   

  • Campground now under county control

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Riley Creek Campground is now under county control.

    “We got the keys from TVA the end of May,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They had some work left undone, so we were kind of struggling to get in there.”

    The campground is South of the River behind Anglers Cove subdivision.

    Earlier this year Woody said TVA approached the county about taking over operations at the campground.

  • Principals change at two county schools

    Longtime Rockwood Middle School Principal Bill Thompson has retired.

    “I thought it was time to step down and let the younger ones have a try at it,” he said.

    Thompson said he spent 51 years in education, including 39 years as principal.

    “I just appreciate the parents letting me have their children,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed having them. I look forward to watching them go on through school, grow and become adults.”

  • Bethel Presbyterian honors Blue Star Veterans

    Veterans Jack Muecke, left, and Joe Zirkle are among present and former military personnel recently honored by Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston.

    The church had a special acknowledgement for Blue Star veterans from World War II.

    A fabric hanging was made by the Ladies Aid Society following World War II to honor the Bethel veterans. The special piece includes the names of 21 heroes, including one woman, Irene Miles, a distant cousin of Edith Miles. Irene Miles was a driver for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in France.

  • Former Roane family leading Calif. church

    The John Quedzuweit family will present the 11 a.m. Sabbath service June 25 in Roane Community Seventh-day Adventist Church on Patton Lane.

    The Quedzuweits — John, Cathy and Emma — formerly lived in Roane County, where John was maintenance manager at Rockwood Care and Rehabilitation Center, now known as The Bridge at Rockwood.

    The family moved to Sacramento, Calif., in 2005 to attend the Amazing Facts College of Evangelism. Quedzuweit now pastors a newly planted church there.

  • Sherrod Outstanding at Maryville College; Finnell a finalist for honor

    Kingston’s Jordan Sherrod is the recipient of the Maryville College Alumni Association’s Outstanding Senior Award for 2011.

    “The intent of the award is to recognize a senior student who has been active in a broad range of activities, who most exemplifies the ‘ideal’ Maryville College graduate, and who has the potential to be an outstanding graduate,” said Jeffrey Fager, Maryville College vice president and dean.

  • The American Dream: Bowers students show off country’s Star-Spangled past

    Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Bowers Elementary School re-enacted a part of America's history with a fact-filled musical celebration of America's early heritage.

    “The American Dream” told history from the earliest explorers through the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War.

  • Reynolds first recipient of Hallcox Memorial Scholarship

    Sarah Brianne Reynolds, a 2011 graduate of Midway High School, is the first recipient of the Cody Hallcox Memorial Scholarship.

    Gerry and Patricia Hallcox have established the Midway High School award in memory of their son.

    Cody Hallcox, a 2006 Midway graduate, was attending Roane State Community College in pursuit of a teaching degree when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007.

    He fought the cancer until his passing on Dec. 30, 2010.

  • Field Trips

    Out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in June:

    June 20-23 — Cherokee Middle School cheerleaders to Universal Cheerleaders Association cheer camp at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    Sept. 26-30 — Oliver Springs Elementary School sixth-graders at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend.

  • Rockwood students at Boys State

    Rockwood High School rising seniors who attended the 72nd American Legion Boys State are, front row from left, Parker McCullough, Trevor Templin, Jonathan Andrews; and back row, Brendon Kirkland and Aylor Evans.

    This year’s Boys State was May 22-28 at Tennessee Technological University.