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Today's News

  • Students practice ‘Go, Slow, Whoa’ during lunchtime

    School lunches are more nutritious than most think.

    “In Roane County, our offerings are among the best around,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator for Roane County Schools. “Our food service supervisor, Linda Wilson, has brought about many healthy changes over the last three years and is constantly striving to continue that trend.”

    New guidelines that will be coming in the near future are not a problem, because Roane County Schools already has many of them in place, Wells said.

  • Want to grow your groceries?

    “Grow Your Own Groceries: From Seed to Shelf” is the topic of Roane County Master Gardeners’ fifth community winter workshop.

    The free two-part workshop, sponsored by Extension Agent Grant Palmer and Roane County Extension, will be on March 12. Lunch will be provided for a fee.

    Preregistration is required. Call 376-4497 for details.

    Area experts will be on hand to teach about soils, starting plants from seeds and good overall approaches to and techniques for home gardening.

  • Embark on 'A Sentimental Journey' with Roane Choral Society

    Roane Choral Society will present “A Sentimental Journey” at 7 p.m. March 5 in the student lounge on Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    The evening with coffee and dessert will include Roane Choral’s renditions of old favorites such as “Sentimental Journey,” “As Time Goes By” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

    A three-piece band will accompany the singers. Several ensembles are also planned.

  • Singing to help Hands of Mercy

    Three East Tennessee gospel groups will be featured during a singing this weekend to benefit Hands of Mercy Food Bank.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Youngs Chapel Church fellowship hall, Kingston. Admission is free; those attending are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food.

    Featured singers will be Dudley Evans and The Evans Family of Rockwood, The Foothills Quartet of Rockford and The Chapel Voices of Kingston, which will sing gospel classics in the style made famous by the nationally acclaimed Chuckwagon Gang.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Bringing up birdie ... a retrospective

    You’ve heard them — the birds are out in force again.

    In a few weeks, major spring migrations will be under way, and the birds that stay put will be courting and breeding.

    If you’ve followed this column much, you’ll know I love wild birds, but I’ve never aspired to have one in captivity. I have raised two birds — always with the goal of setting them free. The first was a nestling I found when I delivered newspapers in what seems like a lifetime ago.

    The more recent one was Arrow.

  • Time to pay your property taxes

    Monday is the deadline to pay 2010 property taxes.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said people who pay after the deadline will be assessed a penalty of 1.5 percent.

    That amount increases by 1.5 percent each month the taxes are late.

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office is on the first floor of the courthouse in Kingston.

    Eblen said the office will be open on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Customers hate paying for sewer they don't use

    An increase in Roane County sewer rates is not what drew the ire of two people who showed up for a recent public hearing on the matter.

    “I thought Russia was the only place you had to pay for something you didn’t get,” said Lewis Jordan of K&K Lock and Key. “To me, it’s the principle of the thing.”

    Jordan’s complaint refers to the mandate that anyone with access to county sewer lines is required to pay the monthly fee, regardless of whether they receive the service.

  • Next step pondered for Rockwood utility operation

    It’s been months now since Rockwood City Council dissolved and then took over as the Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Gas Board.

    The city established an advisory board to make recommendations to the utility.

    Officials are saying they are taking steps to implement some of those suggestions.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who has been the most demanding for changes within the utility, wants to move forward with the general manager search.

  • Eagles fly past Midway, 69-67

    Two days after dropping a heartbreaking 72-69 decision to Harriman in the District 3-A Tournament semifinals, the Midway Green Waves suffered another gut-wrenching defeat in Wednesday's consolation game as Berean Christian knocked off Midway, 69-67.

  • Blue Devils top Tigers for District 3-A title

    Harriman head coach Jeff King was expecting a hard-nosed, physical battle with Rockwood Wednesday night in the District 3-A Tournament title game and that's just what he got as King's Blue Devils outlasted the Tigers 53-47 to capture their second straight tournament title.