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Today's News

  • Six Roane projects awarded UCOR Mini-Grant funds

    Six projects in Roane County Schools were among the 33 across East Tennessee to receive URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC UCOR Education Mini-Grants.

    “The UCOR Mini-Grant Program enables teachers to enhance their students’ educational experiences,” said Ken Rueter, UCOR president and project manager. “The selected projects funded by our program give students a greater insight into the essential STEM subjects in fun and exciting ways.”

    Roane County Schools’ recipients include:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President is wrong on ‘Free Trade’ treaty issue

    Since civilization began in the human species, the question of how we would govern ourselves, or how we would be governed, has been one of the great perplexing problems which has been resolved with only some success. After many millennia, the American system of a democratic republic, operating under a written constitution, setting out limited powers, with a separation of those powers into three branches, with the legislative branch in turn divided into two chambers, and the executive powers vested in a single person designated as a president, has seemed to work best.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Roane grateful for support

    The Boys and Girls Clubs of Roane County wish to thank state Sen. Ken Yager for designating it the beneficiary of his silent auction at his annual chili supper. Through this event and his own donation, $4,000 was raised to help sustain and expand this club.

    Boys and Girls Clubs build good citizens through everyday leadership and guidance in behavior and attitude. Youth are urged to stay in school and are guided in a vocational choice. Most importantly, they are shown that someone cares and wants them to become productive citizens.

  • Harriman nearing end of search for basketball coach

    With Harriman boys basketball banned from all spring practice, the school said it would take its time finding a head coach to replace Wesley Jones.

    It looks like that time may be coming soon.

    “Were accepting application right now and we’ll probably start interviewing by Thursday of this week,” said Bobby Clark, Harriman Vice Principal and athletic director.

    “Hopefully, we’ll have some in by the end of next week.”

  • Former OSMS coach Larry Green taking move to high school in stride

    Editor’s note: This story is the first in five-part series that will dive into all five high school football teams in Roane County.

    Last season, the Oliver Springs Bobcats finished the regular season 3-7 — their worst record since 2008 when they finished the season a mere 2-8.

    In April, head coach Wiley Brackett, who had been with the team since 2006, resigned as head coach.

    Two weeks later, longtime Oliver Springs Middle School head football coach Larry Green was named as the new head coach.

  • Look for gas prices to continue upward, at least for a while

    For the first time in more than 100 days, the year-over-year difference in the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $1 per gallon on May 12.

    Sunday’s price of $2.70 per gallon represents a new high for 2015. The national average has moved higher by 4 cents per gallon since last Sunday.

    Tennessee’s average price — $2.46 per gallon — is the highest since Dec. 10, 2014.

  • Voucher program helps landlords help others

    The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Roane and 15 other East Tennessee counties.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the program provides up to 784 vouchers to help families obtain safe, decent housing at an affordable price.

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD housing quality standards.

    The rental subsidy is based on each family’s income and is paid directly to the landlord.

  • Roane’s Frady pens new fitness book

    Roane County resident Tim Frady has recently released a new book, “Never Quit: The Back to Basics Fitness Guide,” available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions.

    Frady said his book focuses on relearning the basics that people know intuitively but consciously fail to remember or practice in their daily lives.

    “The book’s fitness program begins with a person’s mental and spiritual outlook before going into details about diet and exercise,” he said.

  • Rockwood swimming lessons start June 8

    Swimming lessons roll into high gear next month, and Rockwood Community Center is scheduling both morning and evening sessions.

    The two-week swimming lessons will be June 8-19 and July 6-17 at the Community Center pool.

    Lessons are $25 per two-week session.

    Morning lessons will be from 11 to noon; evening lessons will be from 6:30 to 7:30.

    Stop by the Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave. to register for lessons, or call 354-0434 for details.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Italy!

    The Roane County News is on a scholarly pursuit with Callie Crabtree of Rockwood.

    Crabtree, a student at Maryville College, is studying abroad in Milan, Italy, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

    While on her spring break, the two grabbed a photo opportunity at The Coliseum in Rome.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.