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Today's News

  • Boy Scouts aim to boost food drive

    A partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank and the Boy Scouts of America Great Smoky Mountains Council’s Scouting for Food program was recently given a financial boost in the form of a $60,000 grant from the Boyd Youth Education Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation.

    Now, with additional financial support, this ongoing long-term partnership will be able to expand the Scouting for Food drive, which occurs in February, and it will fund opportunities for Boy Scout education and leadership.

  • Second annual Senior Street Fair planned later this month

    The second annual Senior Street Fair, a cooperative effort between Rockwood Housing Authority and Mid-East Community Action Agency, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

    The event for senior citizens will be on West Rockwood Street in front of Martin Manor Apartments.

    “We are going to have music this year,” said Jennifer Watson, housing manager.

    Tommy Hardin will be playing oldies like Elvis Presley.

    In addition to vendors, the festival will include a chili and cornbread competition for seniors. There is no entry fee.

  • Run for Your Health race set

    Roane County Schools’ sixth annual “Run for Your Health” 5k race/walk will be Nov. 1 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Entry fee is $25 for adults who register before Oct. 18 and $30 afterward; student entry fee is $10.

    The walking division will begin at 8:30 a.m., with runners to start at 9; registration tables will open at 7:45.

  • Wheat lives on for those who called it home

    By Bonita Irwin • For Roane Newspapers
    Alumni of the former Wheat High School and old Roane College, as well as former residents of the former Wheat community, will celebrate their annual homecoming at the George Jones Church on Oct. 5.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m., with A.L. Turpin bringing the message. A basket lunch will be served at noon under the nearby tent.

    The community of Wheat, situated near the K-25 Site, was first known as Bald Hill because all of the timber had been cut to construct houses.

  • Rockwood 2000 holding candidate forum Oct. 7

    Rockwood 2000 will host a public candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running for Tennessee House of Representatives Districts 31 and 32, Rockwood mayor and Rockwood City Council in the Nov. 4 election.

    The public forum’s objective is to inform as many people as possible about the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates will be grouped according to the position for which they are running.

  • Be wary callers demanding utility payment

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative reminds members to be on alert for a telephone scam that continues to plague rural Tennesseans.

    Scam artists call a home or business posing as a co-op or utility employee who threatens to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment using a reloadable debit card, prepaid gift card or online payment service like PayPal.

  • GUEST OPINION: College — where religious freedom goes to die

    In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.

    Just this month, for example, California State University “derecognized” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student organization with more than 900 chapters at colleges and universities across the country.

  • GUEST OPINION: College — where religious freedom goes to die

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.

    Just this month, for example, California State University “derecognized” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student organization with more than 900 chapters at colleges and universities across the country.

  • TWFC sets commercial fishing regulations

     

     

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the state’s 2014-15 commercial fishing proclamation at its September meeting.

  • Use caution with tree stands

     

    Tennessee’s statewide deer seasons officially began for 2014 with the September 27 opening of the archery season and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is urging hunters to use care when hunting from a tree stand.