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Today's News

  • A View From Lick Skillet: S.O.S. Save our schools — let us vote!

    Gentle reader, as we told you two weeks ago, we regard the mega-school issue to be the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time and we intend to devote much of our writing to that topic for the time being, and thus this week’s column is focused on one aspect of that issue, i. e. the people’s right ultimately to determine what is to be done with their schools to best serve their children, and at what cost, now and in the future.

  • New school questions now answered

    By Leah Rice Watkins, Roane County Director of Schools

    I would like to take a moment to respond to several important questions regarding the high school building program.

    1. Why the rush for the building program? Why does it need to be done soon?

    a. In actuality, this is not a rushed program. The Lewis Group Firm was selected by the Roane County School Board in January of 2015 to analyze the high school facilities regarding security, accessibility, safety, structure, health, curriculum, and maintenance.

  • The Preserve promises home growth at site

    Things could be looking up for a once troubled subdivision.

    “There’s a lot of activity going on at The Preserve,” Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    Berry invited realtor Tom Hanrahan with Smithbilt Homes to last week’s Roane County Commission meeting to talk about it.

    “This year we expect to build 48 houses,” Hanrahan said. “Next year our goal is to do 70 to 100 houses and then 100 plus houses there on after.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

    Simultaneous reflection on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s 200 years and Roane County’s current school debate spurred today’s thoughts.

    Fifteen years ago, Bethel’s Session initiated a visioning process that brought attention to a host of long-neglected problems with the church’s physical plant.

    This unwelcome news coincided with a sense that church finances were strained and evoked sharply different responses from Bethel’s normally cohesive members.

  • South Roane County fire chief announces retirement

    By Penelope Bond

    Special to the Roane County News

    At the April 10 meeting of the Roane County Fire Board, the county commissioners, fire chiefs and a great turnout of well-wishers from the South Roane County Fire Department expressed their appreciation to recently retired Chief Sam Wolfe and his wife Tami.

    Long-time South Roane County Fire Department volunteer Mike Morrison presented Chief Wolfe with a plaque recognizing his 50 years of service in firefighting.

    The warm affection and respect Chief Wolfe has earned is evident.

  • CELEBRATING KINGSTON
  • Relay for Life event helps fight for cancer free world

    On Friday, April 20, hundreds of participants will join together at the annual Relay For Life of Roane County at Roane State Community College to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle.

    The event will be from 5 to 11 p.m.

    The American Cancer Society is fighting cancer on every front, standing shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them.

  • Tips for family healthy spring

    Spring is here, and it’s a great time for the family to take advantage of the nicer weather.

    Get outside with the kids and enjoy outdoor activities that boost fitness.

    Practicing healthy habits every day will help children live a healthier life. It will also help them achieve more in school.

    A few small changes in the family’s physical activity can have a huge impact on kids now and on their long-term health.

  • Bread sticks hot in more ways than one

    An employee with Little Caesars in Rockwood told police that a stranger stole his bread sticks, which the pizza chain calls Crazy Bread.

    The incident happened on April 9 around 10:45 p.m.

  • Bazel Road next on Harriman’s list for paving

    Harriman found more money in its budget to tackle additional paving.

    The city is paving Bazel Road and a portion of Clifty Street that ends at a cul-de-sac.

    “Bazel Road is probably in the worst con-dition of any of the roads,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright, who made the motion to use the funds to pave the roads.

    Councilman Tim Johnson, who seconded the motion, said Clifty Street is also in need.

    “The two projects together will total somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.