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Today's News

  • School decision by 5:30 a.m. Thursday if bad weather hits

    The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a winter storm watch for March 5 in Roane County.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said early Wednesday afternoon that no decision had been made thus far about canceling school for Thursday, but he and other officials are monitoring the weather situation.

    "We will definitely make a decision by 5:30 in the morning," Aytes said. "We've already determined we're not waiting any later than 5:30 the morning of, but hopefully we'll be able to make a decision tonight."

  • Oak Ridge DOE manager dead at age 58

    U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Manager Larry Kelly died on Feb. 26. He was 58.

    “Words cannot describe the sadness we feel with the passing of Larry,” said Kevin Hall, the office’s deputy manager.

    “The loss of our leader is heavy on our hearts, but it is the loss of a friend that leaves an emptiness that will be difficult to endure. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Rubenia, and daughter, Kristyn.”

  • Dems to elect new leaders at Roane County Convention

    The Roane County Democratic Party will elect new leaders during a county leadership convention at noon March 21 in Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    The convention is open to any bona fide Democrat who lives in Roane County.

    Roane County Democrats will elect a new chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer of the county executive committee for a two-year term.

    Members will also discuss the Democratic Party’s agenda and events for 2015.

  • Obed River imagery sought for contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for the annual Obed Wild and Scenic River photo contest.

    Striking digital images highlighting spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities and diversity of life in the park are sought.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • Aiden Alvarado Patton

    Aiden Alvarado Patton was born on Jan. 22.

    He weighed 9.4 pounds.

    He is the son of Alex and Maricel Patton of Kingston.

    Grandparents are John and Virginia Patton of Kingston, and Leo and Lolita Alvarado of Bantayan, Philippines.

    His great-grandmother is Isabel Chavez of Bantayan, Philippines.

  • DAR reschedules its author event Saturday

    Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has rescheduled its free event with author Shirley McCracken.

    The event will begin at 2 p.m. March 7 in Kingston Church of Christ’s family life center.

    Inclement weather forced the rescheduling of the event, which was originally planned for Feb. 21.

    McCracken, author of “The Breastplate: A Civil War Adventure,” will discuss how a Civil War relic inspired her to write what is described as a Christian fiction tale of danger, intrigue and romance.

  • Small steps lead to a healthier you

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    Tennessee is one of the best places in America to live and work.

    But it is one of only six states — and the only Southern state — where the obesity rate increased in the last year.

    Our rates of hypertension and stroke, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma and several types of cancer are among the highest in the nation.

    The problem is worse than many realize, but there is a solution.

  • Extension: One of Roane’s best-kept secrets

    By JUSTIN THOMAS • For Roane Newspapers
    A common question in our community is, “What is UT Extension?”

    The University of Tennessee Extension is the local office of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

    We are dedicated to providing research-based information to our local communities in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development.

    One of the best-kept secrets in Tennessee, UT Extension has had a presence in Roane County since 1912.

  • Celebrate Extension this month

    March is Extension Month in Tennessee.

    Extension is a national educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant universities and administered with funding from state and local governments through offices in each of the state’s 95 counties.

    County Extension offices across the state are planning various celebrations and commemorations for the state’s 105-year-old Extension program.

  • Apply by March 6 for VEC scholarship

    Roane County students whose parents are served by Volunteer Energy Cooperative are eligible for the Lillard-Shadow Scholarship.

    March 6 is the application deadline.

    Applications are available on the VEC website at www.vec.org, at an Volunteer Energy office or by calling 423-334-7051.

    The scholarship provides funding of up to $2,000 — $500 per semester.