Today's News

  • Kindergarten, pre-K sign-ups planned three days next week

    Roane County Schools will have kindergarten and prekindergarten registration next week.

    Parents should register students for the 2012-13 school year at the school in their district.

    Registration will take place at the elementary schools from noon to 4 p.m. April 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. May 1, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. May 2.

    Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before Sept. 30; Pre-K students must be 4 on or before Sept. 30.

  • Child Find screens preschoolers

    Roane County Schools spring Child Find screenings are planned for May 2-3.

    The free developmental early childhood screenings are for ages 3-5 years and geared toward children who will not be entering kindergarten for the fall 2012.

    Screenings will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days in Rockwood Community Center

    Call Roane County Schools Special Education Department at 717-5461 or 717-5462 to schedule an appointment.

  • Arts Council to meet Thursday in Kingston

    The Arts Council of Roane County welcomes area artists or anyone interested in the arts in Roane County to attend its next meeting.

    The meeting begins at 6 p.m. April 26 in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Contact Steve Jacks at the library at 376-9905 or directorkpl@comcast.net for details.

  • Roane Choral concerts planned this weekend

    Roane Choral Society will present “April Love” in concerts at 2 and 7 p.m. April 28 in  Kingston Church of Christ family center.

    These presentations  include coffee and desserts served by singers.

    Admission is $15 per person; reservations are required by calling 376-4420 or 996-5834, or emailing roanechoralsociety.carol@gmail.com.

    Roane Choral Society is a nonprofit organization which provides annual grants to music programs in area schools.

  • Five generations of Cantrells

    Margaret Culvahouse Cantrell, far left, and her family celebrate five generations.

    The five generations include, from left, Cantrell; her daughter, Brenda Summers; her grandson, Ronnie Widner; her great-grandson, Josh Widner; and her great-great-granddaughter, Katie Widner.

  • Dispose of hazardous household waste the safe way next weekend

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at the recycling center at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    Household hazardous waste materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. No business, agribusiness, school or church waste will be accepted.

    Household hazardous waste includes flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic materials.

  • Our Opinion: Tweets and courts really can co-exist

    Twitter has become a tool of the trade for America’s journalists, but judges are grappling with how to deal with the messaging in courtrooms.

    According to an article by the Associated Press, “the micro-blogging site is increasingly putting reporters on a collision course with judges who fear it could threaten a defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

    We’ve been down this path before, most notably with television.

  • Nuts & Bolts: A new type of public record coming your way

    Food safety is a big concern – especially at restaurants and public schools where people depend on the care and vigilance of others for the integrity of what we eat.

    I remember, during a vacation in Arizona a few years back, being so sick with food poisoning that I thought I might die alone in my second-floor hotel room.

    I recovered, but some do not. The weakest among us are the most vulnerable to food-related illness.

  • Relay for Life event is Friday at Roane State

    Relay for Life of Roane County is Friday At Roane State Community College with loads of fun for all ages.

    The focus of the walk is raising money to find a cure for cancer and celebrating and remembering survivors and victims of the disease.

    However, everyone is welcome to enjoy the variety of live entertainment and fundraisers, from meals to massages to children’s games.

    Activities include the massages, carnival games, face painting, cornhole, inflatables, flower power pencils, a dunking booth and Avon products.

  • Teachers vote for collaborative conferencing through RCEA

    Roane County Schools plans to give collaborative conferencing a try.

    Board of Education Member Wade McCullough reported last Thursday that 85 percent of teachers voted yes when asked if they wanted to engage in collaborative conferencing with the board.  

    McCullough said over 75 percent of teachers voted to have the Roane County Education Association  act as their representative.