Today's News

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens - Saturday, May 12: A big day to help a child

    Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m. — mark it on your calendar. That’s the start of the local CASA Run for the Child 5k run/walk and fun run at Roane State Community College. If the weather is anything like at last year’s event, it will be glorious.
    Currently, this is the biggest fundraiser for CASA, an organization whose sole function is to train volunteers to help children who wind up in the court system due to no fault of their own.

  • Henry Center namesake passes away

    The namesake of The Henry Center and son of one of Roane County’s biggest advocates for the developmentally disabled died Sunday.

    The 34-year-old John Henry was the son of Commissioner Jim Henry, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and his wife, Pat Henry.

    “We certainly send our condolences,” said Vicki Hix, vice president of children’s services at The Henry Center.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We know this is a very difficult time for them.”

  • RCHS sax player a rising star

    Saxophonist Michaela Grubb, a senior at Roane County High School, has risen to the top of her class and will be the featured soloist in this weekend’s Roane County High School spring band concert.

    Grubb will perform “Ballade for Solo Alto Saxophone” during the concert, which will begin at 2 p.m. April 29 in Roane County High School gymnasium, Kingston.

    Admission is free.

    Grubb began playing alto saxophone in 2006 with the Cherokee Middle School Band under the direction of Julie Stout.

  • McCallie at head of the class

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman Director Danice Turpin presents Klint McCallie, a student in the industrial maintenance program, with the Head of the Class award from Malco Products Inc.

    Once each school term, Malco Products recognizes outstanding students who are graduating from an accredited heating, ventilating and air conditioning course.

    The winner receives a metal-cutting TURBOSHEAR and a sheetmetal circular-hole cutting tool.

  • Roane State singers honored

    Roane State Community College music students Rebecca Staton of Harriman and Emilee Richardson of Kingston earned honors at a regional solo vocal competition that included performers from four-year universities.

    The National Association of Teachers of Singing hosted the recent competition at Murray State University in Kentucky.

    Staton placed third in the Underclass Musical Theater category, while Richardson placed second in Senior Women.

    Both Staton and Richardson are members of the college’s Celebration Singers.

  • Christian drug awareness youth rally today

    A Christian Drug Awareness Youth Rally will start at 6 p.m. April 27 in New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston.

    Guest speakers include Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton and individuals who have gone to Christian rehabilitation homes to fight their addictions.

    The event will include music, food and testimony.

    There will also be participation from Turning Point Ministries of Roane County and New Creations of El Centro, Calif.

    New Midway Baptist Church is at 240 New Midway Road.

  • Kingsway singing at Dyllis Baptist

    Kingsway, one of the area’s premier Southern gospel groups, will sing at 6 p.m. April 29 in Dyllis Baptist Church.

    The church is at 530 Dyllis Road in Harriman’s Dyllis community.

  • Courthouse venue for National Day of Prayer

    As American troops remain in harm’s way, the economy continues to waiver, and the upcoming elections approach, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship and pray.

    Millions will answer the call to prayer on Thursday, May 3, in observance of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer.

    Roane County is among the sites for this year’s organized events.

  • GUEST OPINION: Confederate prom dress doesn’t pass muster

    It’s not often that a prom dress triggers a First Amendment controversy, but a Tennessee high school student’s attire did just that.

    Gibson County High School student Texanna Edwards was turned away from her high school prom on April 21 because she was wearing a dress that bore a striking resemblance to a Confederate flag. According to the Jackson Sun, school administrators viewed the dress as inappropriate and potentially offensive.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: How far should we defer to priests’ decisons?

    Gentle reader: In recent days we have witnessed another step in the growing trend on the part of Corporate America to reduce, if not totally eliminate, all service employees.

    We refer to the scene at the checkout area of the Kroger store, a scene duplicated no doubt at Food City, Ingles, and various other emporia.

    These major chain stores have all fallen for the sales pitch on the part of the makers of the self-checkout machinery and bought and installed four, or more, of these atrocities.