Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Christmas glow comes from heart

    Ahh, Christmas.
    When I was a child, it was all about decorations and presents.
    Back then, in the days before Christmas, I sometimes would fall asleep on the couch beside the Christmas tree and its twinkling lights.
    There I would dream of all the gift possibilities.
    The truth is, I did not then nor have I ever gotten a Christmas present that knocked my socks off.
    My parents seemed at a loss when choosing gifts for me.

  • Sending gifts and cards near and far
  • Santa visits Roane

    Santa’s elf, who sometimes answers to Missy Layne, uses a fan to cool the jolly old man himself at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston last week. Santa dropped in at the courthouse to visit with some of the county’s children.

  • Bobcats split with Jackets

    With points being hard to come by and an uncharacteristic off-night from many of Oliver Springs' main scoring contributors, others were needed to step up. 

  • Midway picks up early Christmas present

    Christmas Day might not be until Sunday, but the Midway Green Wave and Lady Waves picked up a nice gift heading into the holidays as both teams knocked off Harriman Tuesday night in a District 3-A showdown.

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas season plants have changed with the times

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    There is a remarkable variety in the plants which symbolize this glamorous season of the year. Some of them connect with very ancient traditions and customs and some of them are fairly new, such as the poinsettias, which have only been the customary Christmas plant for a couple of generations.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Dec. 6 —Montana Marie Arington, 26, 917 Morning Glory Drive, Harriman: 2 counts failure to appear. Total bond $2,500; court date Feb. 13, 2012.

    Happy Shawndale Crowley, 32, 1455 Rockford Road, Knoxville: failure to appear. Bond $4,000; court date Feb. 13, 2012.

  • RSCC closed Jan. 6

    Roane State Community College campuses will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 6 while all employees participate in a Completion Academy.

    The purpose of the Completion Academy is to shape the college’s vision and agenda to meet the changes associated with the Complete College Tennessee Act. The landmark legislation prioritizes college completion, rather than enrollment, in evaluating colleges’ performances.

  • Rockwood 2000 praises Rockwood Middle Glee Club

    Rockwood’s Middle School Glee Club is in its second year of musical entertainment.

    The glee club is open to students enrolled in grades six through eight.  Rockwood Middle School teachers Leanne Malicoat and B.J. Kirkham are the school sponsors and initiated the program in the fall of 2010 by recruiting the talents of community volunteers Lisa Hill and Annette McNees.  Hill and McNees offer their time and expertise to provide musical direction to RMS students in this after-school program.  

  • Field Trips

    Out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Dec. 15:

    Dec. 9-10 — Six members of the Oliver Springs High School band attended ETSBOA Jr. Clinic at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

    Jan. 27-28 — Twelve members of the Oliver Springs High School Band will attend TSSBDA Sr. Band Clinic at Cocke County HIgh School in Newport.