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Today's News

  • Midway sweeps All-County MVP spots

    After tallying the votes from Roane County media members, fans and coaches, Roane County news has announced the All-County Boys and Girls basketball teams for the 2014-15 season.

    Each team is made up of eight players, five starters and three bench players. The boy and girl with the most coaches votes was selected as the MVP for their respective team.

    This year’s All-County MVP positions were swept by Midway High School with Abby Bertram and Jacob Cawood taking the top spots.

  • Taking a stance on ‘coming out’ in sports

    In recent years, one movement that has been gaining a great deal of momentum has been the gay rights movement.

    We’ve even seen flashes of it in the sports world with players like NBA’s Jason Collins, WNBA’s Brittney Griner and former University of Tennessee standout Glory Johnson, who is engaged to Griner.

    In 2014, while professional basketball had started to somewhat open its arms, the NFL had yet to open theirs. That is, until former Missouri Tigers star Michael Sam came out.

  • Safety first with Valentine’s Day cooking, candles

    A Valentine’s Day spent with a home-cooked meal and candles lit can quickly turn to disaster if fire safety measures are not in place.

    The biggest disaster threat in the United States isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes — it’s fire, reports the American Red Cross.

    The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year — one every eight minutes — and most are home fires.

  • Bowers first-graders mark a milestone

    Lisa Qualls’ first-graders at Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, welcome in their 100th day of the 2014-15 school year by donning special hats and Fruit Loop necklaces.

    The students are, front row from left, Jerry Grider, Kaden Henderson, Kynna O’Toole, Jazmine Mitchell, Nathanial Fletcher, Maddie Butler; middle row, Lucas Hagy, Preston Daniels, Blaze Greene, Harlee Gunter, Austin Watson, Gacie Watson; and back row, Mylee Stacey, Isaiah Collins, Summer Collins, Kyra Bond, Zackery Luffman, Dere Diaz de Leon Caldera and Patricia Smith.

  • Rockwood students represent Roane State at Tenn. forum

    Three Roane State Community College students from Rockwood were among the college’s nine participants in the fall Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature at the State Capitol in Nashville.

    “This is the biggest Roane State delegation in several years,” said John Brown, assistant professor of political science.

    The TISL is a forum for student leaders to exchange ideas, express opinions and learn how government works.

  • MTSU plans tours for transfer students

    Prospective transfer students wanting to check out all that Middle Tennessee State University has to offer are being offered special tours three times in the coming months.

    The Office of Admissions-led tours will be offered on the Murfreesboro campus starting at 9:30 a.m. CST March 13 and April 10.

    Tours will begin in the Student Services and Admissions Center on the east side of campus.

    To find visitor parking adjacent to the center and all campus buildings, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15 for a printable map.

  • Energy education camps available to area teachers

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Office of Energy Programs has online applications available for the 2015 K-12 Energy Education Camps.

    The four-day educational sessions will provide K-12 educators with information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom.

    “Energy conservation efforts reduce costs and emissions, enhancing the quality of life for Tennesseans,” said Molly Cripps, TDEC’s director of energy programs.

  • Threatened historic sites sought for annual ET list

    East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the East Tennessee Endangered 8, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in the region.

    The goal of the list is to educate property owners, the general public and area leaders about the plight and value of these significant historic resources.

    Nominations are due by March 2. Nomination forms are available online at knoxheritage.org/ETPA.

    The selected Endangered 8 will be announced at 11:30 a.m. April 17 at Historic Westwood, Knoxville.

  • Archivists continue to collect memorabilia for Civil War anniversary

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives continues the successful “Looking Back” project during the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event at the East Tennessee Historical Society at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

  • Church mother trio cited for community impact

    Three women who are respected church mothers in their congregations were recently honored for their impact on their communities.

    Progressive Citizens of Roane County, a new entity in the area, selected Minnie Love, Lillian Eskridge and Alma Fletcher for Distinguished Citizen Awards and honored them at an event at Harriman’s Bazeltown Baptist Church.

    Love, known for her fighting spirit, was recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Award for determination.