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Today's News

  • Rockwood Wesleyan Church reunion planned this weekend

    For more than 100 years, Rockwood Wesleyan Church on South Church Avenue has played a vital role in the community and in the lives of its congregation, especially during the Great Depression, World War II and the 1950-60s.

    Congregants past and present, the public and Pastor Bob Lower will celebrate that role this weekend during special reunion events that include a Saturday hot dog roast, Sunday services and a special afternoon singing.

  • Edington spelling his way to Beta nationals

    Recent Rockwood High School graduate Andy Edington will represent both his school and Tennessee in the upcoming National Beta Club Convention.

    The convention will be on June 19-22 in Mobile, Ala.

    Edington advanced to the national spelling competition by winning second place in the same event during the Tennessee Beta Club Convention on April 1-3 in Nashville.

  • Bethel marks Hettrick’s 50 years in ministry

    Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will host a special celebration of Pastor Emeritus Dick Hettrick’s 50th anniversary of ordination on June 9.

    The special event, which will coincide with a celebration of Bethel’s role in Kingston and Roane County for the past 195 years, will be during the morning worship service at 11.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

  • 2013-14 Roane County Schools Calendar
  • OUR OPINION: Education Matters! needs our support

    Last month, The Roane Alliance kicked off an effort to save a program that every Roane Countian should embrace.

    The Education Matters! initiative is in danger because of substantial government funding cuts. It needs more support.

    The aim of Education Matters! is to ensure every child in Roane County goes on to a post-secondary school … and does well when they do.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Shouldn't the Tea Party apologize to Obama?

    Ah, gentle reader, it appears that, not for the first time, and probably not for the last, we have succeeded in irritating, if not downright outraging, Mrs. Linda Wimberley, who identifies herself as secretary/vice treasurer of the RCTP, which we assume stands for the Roane County Tea Party.

    This lady’s ire has been roused, her equilibrium has been disestablished, her feelings have been hurt — in short, she’s mad as hell.

  • Inmate garden goes to weeds

     

    The Roane County inmate garden has fallen on hard times.

    A site that once rustled with tall, green cornstalks is now overgrown with brush and weeds.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agent Grant Palmer, who helped run the inmate garden program, blamed it on the weather.

    “We didn’t do it this year, and we didn’t do it last year,” he said. “With it being so wet, being able to get in there and get it tilled is what’s held us back.”

    The county started the garden back in 2008.

  • Pro2Serve ups commitment to child-reading program

    Pro2Serve Inc. promised to match the first $5,000 in donations for Roane Imagination Library last year, kicking off the yearly fundraising endeavor.
    This year, the company raised the bar and promised to match up to $7,500.

    Roane Imagination Library is well on its way to reaching that goal, thanks to a gift of $2,000 by Material and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. given at a reception honoring Pro2-Serve.

  • Schools change drug-test rules

    Last month the Roane County Board of Education approved the first reading of a revision to its policy on drug testing for student athletes. The revised policy would take effect if the board approves it on second reading this month. 

    “What we’re taking out of the policy actually does make it stronger,” Board Member Wade McCullough said.

    The revision will remove the opt-out clause in the policy and make all student athletes subject to  random drug testing.

  • Jenkins’ influence felt beyond classroom

     

    This year’s Roane County News Educator of the Year doesn’t just make a difference in the classroom.

    Dawn Jenkins does much more, including instructing a flourishing Bowers Elementary Dance Team.

    For her, children are a joy, and it shows in her dealings with them.

    “It doesn’t matter what age. I love them all,” she said. “I’ve always been drawn to children. I just think I was born to do this.”