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Today's News

  • Report: More than 7,500 bullying cases reported in 2012-13

    A Tennessee Department of Education report released in October shows 7,555 cases of bullying were reported in Tennessee public schools during the 2012-13 school year.

    According to the data submitted to the state’s Department of Education by school officials statewide, 5,478 — or 72.51 percent — of bullying reports submitted were confirmed after investigation.

    The report was required under anti-bullying legislation passed by the Tennesee General Assembly in 2012.

  • ACT to offer fall in-school testing date in 2014

    ACT will offer a fall in-school, weekday test date option beginning in late September 2014.

    The additional fall testing option will give greater flexibility to states and districts, providing an opportunity to test 12th grade students in addition to or instead of 11th graders.

    The fall date will allow seniors to receive their ACT scores in time to meet normal college application deadlines.

  • Midtown students privy to ‘The Nutcracker’

    A few members of the cast of Arts in Motion’s 2013 “The Nutcracker” visited Midtown Elementary School recently for a sneak peek of the production.

    Arts in Motion owner and director Jennifer Austin shared “The Nutcracker” story with the students, who were allowed to admire costumes, hear about backstage secrets, and ask questions about the production.

    Several counties are involved with “The Nutcracker” production, which includes a 132-member cast.

  • High-risk drinking still a concern on college campuses

    The problem of high-risk drinking among college students and young adults is widespread and results in numerous short- and long-term consequences for students, educational institutions and their surrounding communities.

    To address this behavior, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services funds the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities to provide prevention services on a number of college and university campuses throughout the state over a three-year period.

  • RCHS and Cherokee Christmas concert set

    Roane County High School and Cherokee Middle School bands will present a Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in Roane County High School gymnasium.

    The concert will include performances by both bands in a settign welcoming to the community.

    There is no admission charge.

  • State spells out future for libraries

    Local libraries — and the county and municipal governments that fund them — may see some changes in the way they do business with the coming of the new year and new directives from the state.

    That was the message Kingston Library Board member and City Councilman John Byrkit delivered to council recently.

    Byrkit said the state gave local library officials a preview of new standards through the office of state librarian and archivist Chuck Sherrill.

  • Tai chi offers exercise for body, mind

    Concentration, stress relief and balance improvement are some of the benefits enjoyed by a group that regularly meets in Kingston.

    Twice a week, the Taoist Tai Chi Society offers beginner and continuing classes at Bethel Presbyterian Church. Many in the group of 20 have been together almost 10 years.

    The class is the only one of its kind in Roane County.

    “They love it, or they wouldn’t come back,” said instructor Terry Elliott of Kingston. “This is a social activity, but it is also good for our health.”

  • Man accused in Kingston fake money case

    Christopher J. Burchell, a 24-year-old Pleasant View man, was charged with counterfeiting on Wednesday for allegedly passing fake money in Kingston.

    According to the police report, employees at the Little Caesar’s on North Kentucky Street declined to accept a $100 bill from a man wearing a green-hooded jacket and a black wig.

    Kingston Police Lt. Caleb Strayer said he found the suspect, identified as Burchell, at the Rocky Top Market across the street from Little Caesar’s.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Comfort dashed when it comes to ashes

    Tucked away in my dresser drawer is a small, wooden box just big enough to hold a neatly folded, but perhaps tear-stained handkerchief.

    But that’s not what it really holds.

    The box — sturdy, but poorly finished — supposedly holds the ashes of my beloved cat Yoda. Yoda’s life ended when we lived in Arizona more than a decade ago.

    While I have never been able to toss the box, I have long ago decided that it is unlikely that much, if any, of Yoda is in there.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ladds in American: 360 years and counting

    As we are approaching the end of this Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen, we would be remiss were we not to remind all of our fellow kinsmen who rightfully claim descent from John Ladd that this year marks the three hundred and sixtieth anniversary of his arrival on the shores of America, in the colony of Virginia, a short time prior to the 7th day of October, 1653.