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Today's News

  • Quilts galore at upcoming October Sky Fest

    By Leota Wallick, for Roane Newspapers

    Quilts through the ages have been used to provide warmth for our bodies, store memories of our past, deliver blessings to families as babies are born and marriages take place, to deliver directions to those using the Underground Railroad and for other reasons too numerous for this short article.

    Quilts will be displayed  at the 2012 October Sky Festival in Oliver Springs to emphasize their importance in our heritage.

  • Kids Dream Big for Harriman’s reading program

    The Harriman Public Library 2012 Summer Reading Program, Dream Big: Read, was a vision of wonderful books read.

    There were 2,836 books read during the five programs. The program had 75 children registered.

    In the first program, the National Park Service from the Scenic Obed River sent Patrick Smith to intrigue the children with stories and pictures of canoeing, rock climbing and animals at this national park.

    The youth of Kingston First Baptist Church entertained with a puppet show in the second program.

  • OR heritage group to hear two special presentations Sept. 13

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will hear two special presentations during its monthly meeting on Sept. 13.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center.

    Jim Campbell, president of the East Tennessee Economic Council and Fellow of the University of Tennessee's Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, will present a preview of his portion of “Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power,” a symposium at the National Archives at Atlanta.

  • Karate Promotions
  • High school sports participation reaches all-time high

    Boosted by continued growth in several girls sports, participation in high school sports increased for the 23rd consecutive year in 2011-12, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

  • Bobcats, Jackets still remembering Walls

    It’s been more than four months since Brady Walls died in an accident in front of Coalfield School, but despite all the time that has passed, his memory is still strong in the Coalfield and Oliver Springs communities, where he starred as a football player.

  • The search for RSCC president

    Passion.

    It’s what the three Roane State Community College presidential hopefuls have in common in their present roles as college administrators, and it’s what they plan to bring with them to help Roane State on his path to success.

    The three candidates —  Chris Whaley, W. Michael Stoy and Elizabeth Lewis — were quizzed in last week’s interviews about everything from raising graduation rates to community partnerships, such as those with industries and the K-12 school system.

  • 'I do solemnly swear ...' New leaders take oath of office

    Six people who were victorious in their bids for election last month participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the Roane County Courthouse on Friday.

    “It was a nice ceremony for our newly elected and re-elected officials,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I was pleased with it.”

    The group included Property Assessor David Morgan and Board of Education members Danny Wright, Marjorie Earick, Rob Jago and Hugh Johnson.

  • Two hurt in boat explosion

    Tragedy marked the beginning of the Labor Day boating weekend on Watts Bar Lake in Roane County.

    Emergency personnel from several agencies were called to the scene of a boat explosion early Friday afternoon at the Caney Creek public boat launch area.

    Upon arrival, first responders found a pleasure craft boat adrift and fully engulfed in flames. Two male occupants of the boat were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being burned during the explosion and fire. Their names were unavailable at presstime.

  • Fireman’s charges dropped

    The District Attorney General’s Office does not plan to prosecute Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell.

    The arresting officer in the case, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Kennedy, abruptly resigned last week, according to Sheriff Jack Stockton.  

    “In light of this development, we will not be proceeding with a prosecution of Mr. Mitchell,” Johnson wrote in a letter to Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson.