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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Harriman Care therapists use VirtuSense to help patients

    Routines are insignificant for most, but for those recovering after a surgery or a fall, returning to everyday life is a milestone to celebrate.

    New health-care technology is bringing those everyday milestones closer to reach for many residents at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation.

    This technology, called VirtuSense, is new to the health-care marketplace. It empowers physical therapists to pinpoint metrics down to the centimeter and to help patients return to their everyday lives faster.

  • FROMSTARTTOFINISH

    The Kingston McDonald’s was demolished last week to make way for a new building that is expected to open over the summer.

    Owner John Faris said employees won’t be out of a job during construction.

    “The employees we have here have been designated in other locations,” he said. “The Lenoir City location, the Love’s (travel stop) location, Harriman and Rockwood. All the current employees have got a place to work, management and crew.”

  • Nashville attorney takes over as head of Legal Aid Society

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has named attorney DarKenya W. Waller as its new executive director.

    Waller, who previously served as managing attorney of the firm’s Nashville office, replaces Gary Housepian, who served as executive director for the last decade.

    Legal Aid Society serves 48 counties, including Roane, from offices in Oak Ridge, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville and Tullahoma.

  • ExacCare Chamber’s top April business
  • Kingston blanks Rockwood

    Tuesday was great weather for a soccer match, and that’s exactly what happened at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field in Kington as the Tigers of Rockwood travelled the short trip to Kingston to face the Yellow Jackets.

  • Lady Devils stay unbeaten in district

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    It’s been a good week Harriman Lady Devil softball as they defeated inner county rivals Midway and Rockwood to stay undefeated in the district.

    Harriman traveled to Midway on last Thursday and easily defeated the Lady Waves by a final score of 16-1.