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Today's News

  • Ellis shoots down rumor he's running for state office

    Randy Ellis has never been short on political ambitions.

    However, despite rumors otherwise, the District 2 county commissioner insists he’s not eyeing the state representative seat currently held by Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley.

    “I have no plans of running for state representative,” he said.

    Ellis ran unsuccessfully for Roane County Register of Deeds in 2006 and Harriman City Council in 2009.

    He ran successfully for county commissioner in 2010.

  • Correction on Rocky Houston court record

    A clerical error at the courthouse led to incorrect information being printed in the March 30 edition of the Roane County News on the status of an ongoing court case involving Rocky Houston.

    Because the bond that Houston had paid at the time had been typed in the wrong box, court records the Roane County News obtains indicated that Houston had paid a traffic ticket of $1,000 and had been convicted in an assault.

  • Roane State rocks in helping get work

    Roane State knows what it takes to help its students find jobs.
    The Tennessee Higher Education Commission ranks community colleges across the state on their job placement and Roane State blew all its rivals out of the water.
    “You can see that it is the highest of any institution in the community colleges in the state. Of course, the higher education commission only looks at job placement in community colleges, not universities,” said Karen Brunner, assistant vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Research.

  • Religion in school battles heating up gain

    By CHARLES HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Just when First Amendment principles seem to be working in public education, new fights over student religious speech threaten to reignite culture-war battles in schools across the country.
    It's little known that many public schools made significant progress toward getting religion right over the past decade.

  • Midway Elementary principal in running for Loudon County job

    Keevin Woody, the principal at Midway Elementary School, is one of five finalists for the director of schools position in Loudon County. 
    The Loudon County Board of Education was set to vote on the list of finalists on Thursday, April 7.
    “We will be voting on that list of five and either leaving it that way, or adding one or two,” Vice Chairman Gary Ubben said.

  • Pitching duel ends with Lady Jackets win

    For fans of pitching duels, the Kingston vs. CAK softball game didn’t disappoint.

    The matchup featuring Kingston’s Mica Gaines and CAK’s Sierra Plese in the pitcher’s circle was scoreless until the Lady Jackets broke out for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

    It was all the run support that Gaines would need as the Lady Jackets took a 3-0 victory.   

  • Kingston suffers CAK loss

    Kingston couldn’t muster up enough offense to stay close with CAK in an 8-1 loss.

    The game was scoreless until CAK plated four runs in the top of the fourth. Walker Howell led the offensive onslaught with a 3-run home run.   

    Kingston scored in the bottom of the inning on a Derek Basler RBI double. Unfortunately it wasn’t a sign of things to come as the Yellow Jackets were held scoreless the rest of the way.

    CAK got two more runs in the fifth and two in the seventh.

  • Tigers split with Stone in tennis

    The Rockwood High School tennis teams split a match with Stone Memorial High School.

    The boys lost 6-3, which dropped their record to 1-2 on the season.

    The girls team won 6-3. It was their second victory of the season.

    Rockwood vs. Stone Memorial

    Boys Match

    Singles:

    Derrick Lawson (RHS) defeated Dylan Nelson 8-3

    Matheus Ferreira (RHS) defeated Mark Brown 8-5

    Jordan Williams (RHS) defeated by Tyler Yoder 1-8

  • New Anglican church in Crab Orchard

    After two months of planning, the Anglican Church of the Cumberlands and its 15 members — including two from Roane County — will witness history in the making with the church’s first worship service on April 10.

    Father Ernie Pinto will conduct the Passion Sunday Eucharistic service, which begins at 3:30 p.m. in Crab Orchard Christian Church on Hwy. 70.

  • OS accepting items for recycling

    Starting today, April 8, the town of Oliver Springs will begin accepting glass, plastic, paper and aluminum cans for recycling.

    Items will be taken for recycling at a mobile unit across from Oliver Springs Public Library. Hours are from 2 to 6 p.m.

    “Only about one-tenth of the garbage generated in this country actually gets recycled every year, when in reality over half of it can be recycled into new products,” said David Bolling, Oliver Springs town administrator.