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Today's News

  • HASLAMCARE

    Instead of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Bill Haslam wants to use the federal money to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans.
    He explained how his plan would work during an address before the General Assembly on Wednesday.
    “For the last several months I’ve been working toward a Tennessee plan for health reform — to change the way health care coverage looks in Tennessee,” Haslam said.

  • ‘No taxes’ offered to Midtown merchants

    City property taxes may not be quite the worry many Midtown residents thought it would be when battling Harriman leaders against annexation.
    “I can offer you no taxes,” Harriman City Councilman Buddy Holley recently told two Midtown business owners.
    Holley said he’s learned from Municipal Technical Advisory Service the city can offer a contract to residents of future annexed properties to either hold off on paying city taxes for a certain length of time or until the property is sold to another landowner.

  • Easter Blessings
  • Ava Barber to be in Kingston

    Ava Barber, a featured performer on “The Lawrence Welk Show,” will be the guest performer next week during the meeting of Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart.

    The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. April 1 in the church’s family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    The program is open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert for the meal afterward.

  • Rose, Coen serve as Senate pages
  • Church Calendar: March 29-April 1

    FRIDAY, MARCH 29
    • Swan Pond United Methodist Church, Harriman, will present its annual Good Friday “service of darkness” beginning at 6 p.m. The Rev. Brenda Poole will conduct the service. The church is at 1317 Swan Pond Road. Call Pool at 660-2102 for details.

    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have a Good Friday worship service beginning at 7 p.m. “Crossings” is the message. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road West. Call 376-2990 for details.

  • Alum concert set April 6

    Roane State Community College’s music department will have an alumni concert from 7 to 9 p.m. April 6 in the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus in Roane County.

    Admission is free

    The concert will feature alumni from Concert Choir, Celebration Singers, Jazz Band and Bluegrass Band.  As this year’s virtual choir project, the music department will debut an original composition, “Diversity, Similarity,” by Roane State professor Geol Greenlee with lyrics by student Chris Arnold.

  • Presidential Book, Materials awards open to more seniors

    The Roane State Community College Foundation’s Presidential Book and Materials Scholarships are now open to more graduating high school seniors who plan to attend Roane State.

    Once reserved strictly for valedictorians, Presidential Book and Materials Scholarships are available for high school seniors with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher.

    Two Presidential Book and Materials Scholarships will be awarded at each public high school in Roane, Anderson, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Loudon, Morgan, Roane and Scott.

  • RCHS robotics team to compete

    The public is encouraged to go to the 2013 Smoky Mountain FIRST Robotics Regional Competition this weekend in support of Full Metal Jackets, the Roane County High School robotics team.

    The competition will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29-30 in Knoxville Convention Center at 701 Henley St. Admission is free.

    In the 2013 FIRST — or For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology — Robotics Competition, Full Metal Jackets will participate in Ultimate Ascent.

  • Bethel helps others for Lenten season

    By Wendy Neff, For Roane Newspapers
    I came to Bethel Presbyterian Church as pastor nearly two years ago, in the middle of Lent.

    The church was somewhat still in transition, having just had an interim pastor, and so Lenten practices were minimal.

    Last year, we went back to previous practices of a special Lenten Bible study and Save Our Saturday mission events.