Today's News

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Sept. 22-30:

    From John R. Beason and Kimberly M. Beason to Jeremy Brewster by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 4.92 acres, Beason John property Lot 2, $18,000.

    From Terry McCullough and Terry L. McCullough to Sherry West by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, city of Rockwood, Lot PT4, $0.

    From Amanda Golliher to Sherry West by warranty deed, Dist. 5, city of Rockwood, Lot PT4, $40,000.

  • Arrests

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

    Oct. 19 — Melissa Mae Griffis, 38, 409 Childs Road, Harriman: serving time.

    • Dylan Seth Headrick, 20, 639 Vine Ave., Rockwood: vehicular homicide. Bond $16,000; court date Oct. 24.

    • Sonya Yvette Hutson, 41, 612 Clark St., Kingston: schedule II drugs and child abuse. Total bond $10,000; court date Nov. 14.

  • Harriman, Rockwood bands to compete for state championship

    The marching bands of Harriman and Rockwood high schools are among the 25 bands from across the state competing this weekend at Tennessee Technological University’s Tucker Stadium in the U.S. Scholastic Band Association Tennessee State Championships.

    This all-day event on Oct. 29 has bands competing in different groups based on band size.

    A panel of judges from around the country will evaluate the bands on their musical and visual performances with each group producing a champion.

  • Schools receive lab-in-a-box kits as part of rural pilot program

    The Roane County School System has received Lab-in-a-Box kits provided by the Rural Communities STEM Initiative, an Oak Ridge business/education partnership seeking to improve science, technology, engineering and math skills of regional K-12 students.

    Because of limited resources, teachers often do not have enough lab materials for students to conduct experiments individually or in small groups.

    Lab-in-a-Box kits include plenty of samples, enabling teachers to offer dynamic, hands-on learning experiences.

  • Skinner attends Catalyst/Atlanta 2011 conference

    Bryan College student David Skinner of Kingston was among 45 students and 18 faculty and staff members who took part in the recent Catalyst/Atlanta 2011 conference.

    He is the son of David and Mary Skinner of Kingston.

    Tim Shetter, assistant dean of community life, said the goal of Catalyst "is training the next generation of leaders. People come from all over; there were 13,000 in attendance this year.”

  • Time to apply for Extreme Classroom Makeover ’12

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities will award the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover to a school teacher whose classroom is within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge.

    Now in its fourth year, the award provides $25,000 worth of the latest educational technologies, training and/or support.

    Teachers interested in competing must file their intent to apply no later than Nov. 18.

  • Breazeale, Parkison named to Admissions Ambassadors at ETSU

    East Tennessee State University’s Office of Admissions has named graduates of two Roane County high schools to its elite corps of Admissions Ambassadors.

    Ambassadors greet campus visitors and provide tours of ETSU. Among its members in 2011 are Allison Breazeale and April Elizabeth Parkison.

    Rockwood High School graduate Breazeale is the daughter of Billy and Karen Breazeale.

    A freshman majoring in biology, she supports ETSU Buccaneers at sporting events through the Buc Wild student organization.

  • Field Trips

    Out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in September and October:

    Oct. 8 — Roane County High Science Club at Kings Island in Cincinnati.

    Oct. 29-30 — Oliver Springs High Band to compete at Tennessee Division I State Championship at Riverdale High School, Murfreesboro.

  • Does silence equal death on gay bullying?

    First Amendment Center
    Culture wars are returning to school this fall as conflicts over what to say — or not to say — about homosexuality escalate across the country.

    After a spate of high-profile news stories about gay teen suicides (nationwide, six in September alone), school officials are caught in the crossfire in the fight over how to address the anti-gay bullying that has been implicated in some of the deaths.

  • A View from Lick Skillet By Gerald Largen: Do Right-wing Republicans believe Bible?

    Money, Money, Money!

    Have you noticed, gentle reader, that almost the entire spectrum of Republican positions is based upon money, the getting, the having, the keeping, and the passing on of money?