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Today's News

  • Free tax help offered in Kingston starting Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 1-April 12 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    AARP Tax-Aide is one of the nation’s largest free  volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Tusculum College graduates

    Nine Tusculum College students from Roane County were among the Greeneville institution’s 251 recent graduates.

    Earning master’s degrees in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction were Talisha S. Oran of Harriman; Jessica M. Chasteen, Darlita D. Evans and Laura S. McCormick of Kingston; and Jessica D. Jackson, Stephen P. Johnson and Melissa G. Worth of Rockwood.

  • Bowers’ delayed ‘Moosical’ a hit

    The weather may have forced two postponements of Bowers Elementary School’s Christmas program, but the post-holiday production created a magical festive mood for the audience and cast.

    More than 200 costumed kindergarten, first-, second- and third-graders presented “A Holiday Moosical” before a standing-room-only audience on Jan. 4.

  • Freeman to be guest speaker at Beech Park

    Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a special service with Evangelist Ken Freeman on Jan. 23.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the church at 1085 E. Tri County Blvd.

    Freeman will also lead a youth event at 6:30 p.m.

    With an ability to connect to people of any age group, culture or background, Freeman has a passion to bring people to know Christ and to make a deeper, more intimate, commitment to Him.

  • RMC seeks guidance from area clergy

    Roane Medical Center, Harriman, will seek the direction of spiritual care leaders of Roane County during a spiritual care forum on Feb. 5.

    “We are always looking for ways to better meet the spiritual needs of our patients and staff, as this is an important component to the patient care provided at the hospital,” said Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: ARGGGGGGGGGGGGHH!!!!

    No, this is not a column about pirate speak, although I do — in my own special way — honor International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19.
    I’ve given up.
    I’m done.
    Finished.
    I’m sick of it!
    It once was my habit to study the weather forecasts as far as 10 days out, planning wonderful things for the nice days ahead.
    Now, I don’t even look at the forecasts.
    I don’t have to.
    Why?

  • Ambulance staff cut to hold costs

    Sonya Brooks’ notice that she was losing her job was as terse as it was abrupt.

    “Restructuring of the billing department. Position eliminated,” the Jan. 14 pink slip said about her position with the Roane County Ambulance Department.

    “I came in to work,” she said. “They let me get all the tickets entered for the day. They told me when it was about time for me to leave and go to lunch.”

  • Road salt shortage leaves county on slippery slope

    Roane County had between 60 and 70 tons of road salt remaining on Thursday, according to Road Superintendent Tom Hamby.

    That was enough to get through one more snow event, he said.

    “After that, I’ll be completely out,” he said.

    And snow is in the forecast for today and early next week.

    Trying to get more salt has proven difficult.

    “I’ve been trying to order it, but where we’ve been buying, the state’s got it all tied up,” Hamby said.

  • Imagine your child's color picture — on the front page

    The Roane County News is looking for Roane County kids between the ages of 5 and 12 to help with promoting positive news, such as honor roll and other inside-page news.

    A sample at the bottom of Page 1 on the Jan. 21 edition gives the general idea. We’ll take a picture of your child holding a blank poster and, when we use it, we’ll superimpose whatever message is appropriate on that poster.

  • Taking flight