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Today's News

  • Prowl for owls on the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a spring Owl Prowl beginning at 8 p.m. May 31 at the Lilly Overlook parking lot.

    Those attending will hear about the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern screech owl and the barred owl, two of the most common owls in Eastern Tennessee.

    They will also be taught how to distinguish between the two owls’ different and unique calls.

    Participants will hike to the overlook with park staff as they call out to owls with recorded owl sounds.

  • Memorial Day observances set in Kingston, Rockwood

    Those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom will be remembered on May 27 with a Memorial Day ceremony in Kingston’s Bethel Cemetery.

    Later in the day, Rockwood 2000 will have a similar commemoration and veterans paver dedication at Homecoming Park.

    The Bethel Cemetery cermeony will be conducted by Kingston American Legion Post 110.

    A call to order by Cmdr. Randy Heidle will be followed by the presentation of colors by Cub Scout Pack 101 and Buddy Miles’ placing of the wreath.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of May 22

    25 Years Ago
    Cuyler Dunbar, founding president of Roane State Community College, announced through tears that he was leaving the college after 18 years to accept the presidency of Catawba Community College in Hickory, N.C. “There’s never a good time to leave,” he said. “We will remain forever connected [to the school] in heart and spirit.” At the time of his appointment at Roane State, Dunbar was the youngest college president in Tennessee.

    10 Years Ago

  • Harriman Lions serving up pancakes

    Members of the Harriman Lions Club are finalizing plans for the club’s annual “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast” from 7 to 11 a.m. May 25.

    “Mary Long, owner of Harriman Steak and Diner has graciously offered the use of her restaurant and her employees again this year to help the Harriman Lions in this project,” said Harriman Lions Club member John Richards.

    Pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice will be available for $5 for adults, $2.50 for children younger than 11.

  • Alexander Inn estate sale proceeds to aid in East Tenn. preservation work

    Work to protect East Tennessee places and buildings with historic significance will be helped with the proceeds of an estate “tag” sale this weekend at Oak Ridge’s Alexander Inn.

    The sale, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25, will give the public a one-time opportunity to walk through a portion of the historic inn at 210 E. Madison Road before renovations begin and purchase furnishings from the 1940s-80s.

  • Lady ’Cat seniors enjoying the ride

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats have had a season for the ages, and Lady ’Cat seniors Macy Martin, Kaylee Morgan, Char-Lee Roberts and Rachiel Snellings are having a ball.

  • The writing’s on the wall for Tiger seniors

    The wall on the Rockwood baseball fieldhouse says it all. The wall lists district, region, sectional and state tournament appearances from past years.

  • Roane County Tea Party meets; co-chairman in D.C.
  • School board OK’s Aytes’ request to turn down pay raise

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 6-4 last Thursday to allow Director of Schools Gary Aytes to forgo his contracted $3,000 pay raise for the 2013-14 school year.
    The proposed budget for the upcoming year does not include across-the-board raises for school system employees, so Aytes said he didn’t think it was fair for him to get the raise.
    His salary will remain at $110,250 for the 2013-14 school year.

  • Schools may need 19¢ tax rate hike

    Roane County Board of Education member Mike “Brillo” Miller last month guaranteed the proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year wouldn’t require a 26-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund.
    “Will there probably be something? Yes, it will,” Miller said during a joint meeting with the Roane County Commission.
    Right now, that something is 19 cents.
    That’s the increase in the property tax rate school system business manager Eric Harbin is recommending the board request from the Roane County Commission.