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Today's News

  • Conversation over growth is a debate worth having

    We are pleased to see that the community is having a conversation of sorts over growth.
    There has been talk that Roane County’s population increase — slightly more than 4 percent over the past decade — is sluggish compared to others around us.
    This has triggered some debate — at county commissioners meetings, among community members and on this newspaper’s news and opinion pages — over what constitutes good growth and whether we should want double-digit population increases decade by decade.

  • Impressions: Mowing tips – for when winter’s long gone

    I fired up the little red lawn mower.
    All it took was three pulls. That’s because last fall I took measures to ensure the 20-inch push machine I bought in 2001 would be with me through another mowing season.
    First, I emptied the gas tank. Then I changed the oil. And, finally, I installed a new spark plug before storing it in a corner of the garage.

  • College board drops grad fees at Roane State

    Roane State Community College graduates will get a gift this year.
    The Tennessee Board of Regents voted to eliminate their graduation fees for the state’s community colleges, said a news release from the board of regents.
    The graduation fee is $25.
    The move will encourage more students to cap their community college experience with an associate’s degree before transferring to a four-year university, adds the release.
    Roane State President Gary Goff said it will be a great benefit to the students at Roane State.

  • New event center gives community meeting options

    Romantic music filled the air as a couple danced alone in celebration of their wedding anniversary in the Rockwood Event Center.
    It was just one of the many events the Rockwood Event Center has been used for since it opened late last year.
    The location is a new place for special events from birthday celebrations to business meetings.
    The location at 116 W. Rockwood St. has been a hit so far, according to owner Bill Anderson.
    “In December, we had 16 days booked out of the month,” he said.

  • Rising higher — but why?
  • Labyrinth dedicated to City of Kingston
  • ‘Struggling’ student wins spot in nationals

    Roane County High School senior Cynthia Cole, 19, will compete in the National Health Occupational Students of America competition in Anaheim, Calif., in June.
    Cole placed third in the First Responders Rescue Breathing course at the state competition in Nashville Feb. 28-March 2.
    She is the only student from Roane County competing at the national level.
    “It’s a surprise,” Cole said. “I never really thought I would do something like this, but I am, so it’s very exciting.”

  • Pickering honored by TSWBA
  • Old West shootout coming to Oak Ridge

    An old west shooting match will draw steely-eyed cowboys and cowgirls from some 20 states to Oak Ridge, April 7–9, to compete in the annual “Smoky Mountain Shoot-Out” at the Oak Ridge Sportsmen’s Association.

  • Saturday baseball no fun for Midway

    The Coalfield Yellow Jackets put the runs on the board early and often en route to a 12-2 win Saturday afternoon under ominous skies at Coalfield. 

    Midway had the bases juiced in the top of the first inning, but was unable to capitalize.