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Today's News

  • Bus tour bringing Tennessee first lady here

    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be in Roane County today — Sept. 19 — as part of the Governor’s Books From Birth 10th anniversary statewide bus tour.

    Haslam and the special bus will be here beginning at 2 p.m. at Harriman’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Children’s activities and registration for Roane Imagination Library will be available.

  • Artists sought for Street Painting Fest

    Anyone who enjoys drawing upon his artistic skills while sketching a face, animal or colorful scene might like “painting” pictures in chalk on a sidewalk.

    Such artists are encouraged to sign up for the 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.

    This festival will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 (rain day on Oct. 5) on the sidewalks of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College on Briarcliff Avenue.

    Artists may start their chalk paintings on the afternoon of Oct. 3.

  • Get ready to indicate interest in arts grants

    East Tennessee Foundation will begin accepting letters of intent for its Arts Fund grants programs on Oct. 1.

    Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or other exempt entities in order to be eligible for funding.

    Available grants range from $5,000-$15,000

    and will be awarded to support two-year pro-

    jects.

    Letters of intent must be submitted online to the Foundation no later than Nov. 3.

    A select number of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals early next year.

  • Lots to see and do at Kingston Country Fair

    Kingston Country Fair organizers are touting this year’s annual event as “the largest craft fair in Roane County.”

    The festivities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at Southwest Point at 1226 S. Kentucky St., feature a collection of some of the finest handcrafters in East Tennessee.

    Admission is free. Door prizes will be given away each hour throughout the day.

    Attractions also include a classic car show, 4-H shows with a petting zoo, horse and riding demonstrations.

  • Roane State opens new building on OR campus

    Gov. Bill Haslam said the effort to build the new Goff Health Sciences and Technology Building on Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus “shows what happens when a community really cares.”

    The building, he said, will also help the state meet his goal to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.

  • New scholarship for visually impaired students

    The Debbie Van Cleave Memorial Scholarship has been established through East Tennessee Foundation to benefit legally blind students pursuing high education.

    The scholarship is in memory of Debbie Van Cleave, an East Tennessee award-winning artist whose talent in pottery was not diminished by the fact that she was blind.

    Scholarship applications, detailed descriptions and eligibility criteria for 2015 will be available beginning Dec. 1 at www.easttennesseefoundation.org.

  • MTSU dean's list: summer 2014

    Sunny Dayle Lavender of Kingston was named to Middle Tennessee State University’s dean’s list for summer semester.

    To qualify for this distinction, an undergraduate student must maintain a current semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above and earn at least 12 semester hours.

    MTSU is in Murfreesboro.

  • LMU graduates: summer 2014

    Suzanne Alice Alley of Kingston received her Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies during graduation of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine physician assistant program last month.

    Alley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee.

    She is the daughter of Jake and Sally Almond and is married to Dillion Alley.

    Lincoln Memorial University is in Harrogate.

  • ETSU dean's list: summer 2014

    Katrina Y. Kaldenbach earned placement on the dean’s list for summer semester.

    To earn placement on the dean’s list, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate course work with a grade-point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

    ETSU is in Johnson City.

  • Midway August students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Tim Thompson, far left in back row, and assistant principal Jennifer Spakes, far right in back row, recently honored the school’s August students of the month.

    They are, in no particular order, Michael Donalson, Millie Bacon, Jesse Hillard, Laci Ariks, Kaylie Stair, Hal’e Eaton, Tennessee Thearp, Johnathon Scott, Maggie Paterson, Jade Largen, Dalton Cowell, Macy Johnson, Cheyanne Patterson, Damaris Coronilla, Gracie Schommer, Danessa Manwarren, Mary Contreras, Cadence Collier, Jacob Yates, Shayla Wood and Ty Mason.