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Today's News

  • Who's that cat in the hat?

    Wednesday was Read Across America Day commemorating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

    Guest readers visited Roane County schools and read to children.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff reads to this group of attentive youngsters at Kingston Elementary School.

  • Redeemed Quartet to give concert this weekend at Kellytown

    Redeemed Quartet will appear in concert at 6 p.m. March 6 in Kellytown Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.

    The Chattanooga-based Southern gospel quartet sings four-part harmony in a ministry aimed at winning souls to Christ. Their repertoire is filled with a variety of numbers. Sometimes they laugh, sometimes they cry — and at all times they rejoice in the glory and honor of God.  

    The quartet includes Chad Riley, Rodger Speegle, Ken Maynor and Lonnie Walker.

  • Teachers asked to TELL

    Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Education encourages educators to participate in the TELL Tennessee Survey.

    The TELL — or Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning — survey is the first statewide opportunity for teachers and licensed staff in Tennessee to provide input on their learning environment.

    The survey continues through March 11.

    School-based licensed educators may anonymously and voluntarily share their perceptions of the teaching and learning environment in their school.

  • Bethel ministry has art classes for all ages

    Several hands-on arts opportunities are available in the next few weeks through Bethel Arts Ministry.

    The ministry, a program of Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church, offers classes for all ages.

    All classes will be in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. Call 376-6340 to register or for details.

    Micki Anderson, a state-certified art educator with 15 years of teaching experience, will continue children’s arts classes March 9-April 20.

  • DAR applauds OSHS’s Cannon as Good Citizen

    Oliver Springs High School student Dylan Wayne Cannon has been selected as a Daughters
    of the American Revolution Good Citizen for Clinch Bend Chapter, NSDAR.

    Cannon was selected for the honor by the school’s faculty and students.

    He will receive a certificate and pin from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

    The DAR Good Citizen is nationally recognized by colleges and employers as an indication of potential for future success.

  • St. Andrew’s starts Lent with feast, Ash Wednesday services

    Two events at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, will mark the beginning of preparation for the most important holy day of the Christian year.

    An annual feast of pancakes will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, March 8, in the church at 190 Circle Drive. Two traditional Ash Wednesday services will take place at noon and 7 p.m. March 9.

  • Military families can drive with pride with state’s Blue Star plates

    One of Tennessee’s newest license plates gives relatives of members of the U.S. Armed Forces a way to display their support for the troops.

    The plates, issued under a new law sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, are now available to residents whose spouse, parent, sibling or child is serving in the armed forces of the United States at the time of application.

    "Today, we live in a free country because of the sacrifices of our nation’s servicemen and women and their families,” Yager said.

  • Bowers taking Run, Walk for Education

    Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, will have its first-ever 5K Run and Walk for Education next weekend.

    The Bowers PTO fundraiser will be on March 12 on the school campus at 120 Breazeale St.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the run and walk start at 9.

    Call the school at 882-1185 for details.

    Entrance fees are $25 for adults and $5 for ages 6-11; ages 5 and younger walk for free.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Views from on high — and down under

    When the group I sometimes hike with decided to take on a 10-mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, I hesitated.

    Ten miles is a long hike, and the long climb to the White Rocks and Sand Cave also is listed as strenuous.

    I was well aware of this fact.

    I had done this hike several times as a much younger woman when I lived on the edge of the park.

    I also knew the beauty that lay ahead.

    And so, last Saturday, I went with about a dozen other hardy hikers and began the 1,655-foot climb.

  • Roane teachers head to Nashville

    Local educators are planning to attend Saturday’s rally in support of teachers in Nashville.

    Participants will gather at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park at noon and march to Legislative Plaza.  

    The purpose of the rally is to protest legislation pending in the Tennessee General Assembly that will restrict teachers’ ability to collective bargain.