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Today's News

  • Roane GOP unveils new website

    The Roane County Republican Party joins the electronic age with the launch of its new web and social media site.

    The new site, roanerepublicanparty.com, has GOP news, conservative blogs and event calendars.

    Each member will also have his own page to customize by uploading photos, videos, news stories and creating and updating a blog.

    There is no charge to join; those wishing to participate may sign up or go through their Facebook account for access.

  • Museum opens new K'Nex exhibit

    Observe, investigate and experiment with fully functioning replicas of machines, structures and amusement park rides with K'Nex: Building Thrill Rides, an exhibit open through Sept. 11 in the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge.

    This special exhibition is designed to captivate young visitors and provide them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides.

  • Senior birthday party planned

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department will have a senior birthday party on May 17.

    The party, from 1 to 3 p.m., will honor Roane County residents ages 60 and older who celebrate their birthdays in April, May or June.

    It will be in the Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    A 1950s theme is planned, with entertainment, Coke and root beer floats and sundaes.

  • National Nursing Home Week under way

    Nursing homes across Tennessee are in the throes of a number of activities in honor of National Nursing Home Week.

    The special week began Mother’s Day, May 8, and continues through May 14. Gov. Bill Haslam also has proclaimed May 8-14 Nursing Home Week in Tennessee.

  • Center brings home Skills USA gold

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman has consistently had an outstanding showing in Tennessee Skills USA competitions, and this year was no different.

    Students participating in this year’s competition in Chattanooga brought home five gold medals and two silver medals.

    The gold-medal winners will represent both the center and Tennessee during the national Skills USA competition next month in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Three finish studies in Crossville

    Three Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville students from Roane County were among those who graduated last month.

    Donahue G. Fitzhugh, a welding student from Harriman; and surgical technology students Jennifer Leffew of Rockwood and Chelsi Sholtz of Kingston were awarded their certificates during the spring graduation ceremony.

    They were among 30 students from 10 counties who participated in the ceremony.

  • Author to speak at Oak Ridge campus

    Author Pamela Schoenewaldt will discuss her book “When We Were Strangers” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 26 at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Ave.

    The event, sponsored by Library Services and the Humanities Division, is free and open to the public. “When We Were Strangers” tells the story of Irma, who leaves her village in Southern Italy to seek a new life in 19th century America. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Charberry Vang, speeding Nov. 25. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 9.

    Russell Gilmore, safety belt Dec. 2. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 8.

    Edith H. Washington, financial responsibility Dec. 10. Dismissed Feb. 11, cost to state.

    Daniel Moldovan, speeding Dec. 15. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 2.

    William L. Emory, speeding Dec. 15. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 2.

  • Budget time needs full attention

    Now is the time county and city governments are cobbling together their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
    This difficult work is taking place in difficult economic times.
    Grants are harder to come by, state and federal funding is being cut back, and yet, state and federal governments continue to add more requirements for local governments to live up to.
    Local governments also have to deal with the unrealistic expectations by some residents to have Cadillac services at a Kia price tag.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: We must not remain ignorant on Islam

    Gentle reader, there is much talk nowadays about the subject matter and the quality of our educational system.
    This talk, and more, is fully warranted by the present state of knowledge among the general population, but unfortunately this has become bogged down in a right-wing ideological morass, with the only real action being taken consisting of attacking the teachers’ unions.
    This will produce nothing other than increased rancor and ill will, leaving the coming generation to be even less well educated than their elders.