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Today's News

  • Peak Performance wins league championship

     

    By AARON HARVEY

    Roane Newspapers

    The High School Basketball Fall League at Oakdale School concluded Tuesday night by crowning a champion. 

  • Schools architect plan has critics

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some officials are skeptical of the school system’s plan to hire an architect.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said an architect will look at the school system’s operations and make recommendations.

    “That’s kind of the problem with the architects that do that,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They’ll always come up with a building program.”

    Aytes didn’t dismiss the notion.

  • School closing rumors swirling

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    With talk about consolidation and steep cuts in education, rumors are swirling around Roane County about school closings.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said his advice to people who are concerned is to contact the central office and don’t rely on Facebook and other social media.

  • Jail gets thumbs up from inspector

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tennessee Corrections Institute Deputy Director Lance Howell released a copy of the Roane County Jail’s most recent inspection report last week.

    It contains good news.

    Jail inspector Denise Messer recommended that the jail be certified with an updated plan of action. That’s not the end of the matter, however.

    The TCI Board of Control will review the recommendation at its meeting in Nashville on Dec. 3.

  • Skating rink closes down

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Roane Skating is the latest of local attractions to announce its closing.

    The skating rink announced its last skate on Saturday, Sept. 27, ending the following morning.

    “We thank you for your patronage and support over the years,” said a recording at the rink.

    It was a tough decision for Virgil Thompson and his wife Jessica, who took over the rink from Virgil’s uncle, Bill Thompson, a few years before the former Rockwood city councilman died in 2013.

  • Key new programs to help farmers manage risk

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    Vilsack said new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.

  • Enroll now for dairy farm risk management

    Tennessee farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program.

    The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions.

  • The Garden Gate: Gardens tell the story of our great history

    Editor’s note: As Ellen Probert Williams continues her respite, we share one of her classic columns, first published on Oct. 5, 2011.

    There is little, when one thinks about it, that is

    new in gardening. Much of it is actually very old indeed.

    The terraced gardens of skyscraper city apartments hark back to the hanging gardens of Babylon.

    The stepped-back-style of city architecture traces its roots to the Aztecs, Incas and Biblical times.

    In addition to providing sunlight and air, it creates terraces for gardens.

  • Historic figures passed through the Obed region

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will present an Oct. 11 ranger program about three famous people who once visited the Obed area.

    Both legend and evidence combine to show that Andrew Jackson, John Muir and Daniel Boone each trekked across the environs of Morgan County and what is now the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    A park ranger will present information on each of their visits and will focus on primary source writings and journal entries from centuries past.

  • White Cane Days in Kingston: Lions Club to take monetary contributions

    Kingston Lions Club will take donations for its White Cane Days in the Kingston area on Oct. 15-18.

    Martin Skinner, longtime Kingston Lions Club member, explains that White Cane Days are the period in which Lions Clubs solicit funds from the public to support district programs that assist visually handicapped individuals.

    “Typically, these programs are East Tennessee Lions Eye Bank, Leader Dog for the Blind, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries [and] Tennessee School for the Blind,” Skinner said.