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Today's News

  • Parents, community asked to give school input to AdvancED team

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes is welcoming parents and members of the community to meet with a visiing AdvancED team next week.

    The meeting, from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Edward E. Williams Building at 105 Bluff Road, Kingston, is part of the system’s process of an AdvancED review toward accrediting the district as a quality school system.

    “You are some of our most valuable resources,” Aytes wrote in an open letter issued to “community stakeholders/partners.”

  • Midway Elementary honors, perfect attendance: Second nine weeks' grading period

    Midway Elementary School applauds students who earned placement on its honor rolls and other achievements for the second nine weeks’ grading period.

    They are:

    A HONOR ROLL

    Third grade — Logan Carroll, Bree Duff, Chloe Kyle, Maggie Jackson, Cadence Miles, Meredith Sweeney, Tyler Bentley, Shelby Bryant, Cadence Collier, Sierra Cowell, Jayleigh Davis, Rhyan Helms and James Moses.

  • Roane County Schools closed on Thursday, Feb. 13, because of bad weather
  • Roane Central looks at possible 20 percent rate increase

    Roane Central Utility District's board will be considering a 20 percent rate increase at a meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

    Manager Bob Creswell feels it's a necessity due to a what he sees as a dramatic drop in revenue due to lower water sales to one of the utility’s biggest customers, TVA.

  • EPA: Coal ash OK in wallboard, concrete

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its evaluation of the two largest beneficial uses of coal ash — the stuff involved in TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant disaster.

    It may be used in concrete as a substitute for Portland cement, and the use of flue gas desulfurization gypsum as a substitute for mined gypsum in wallboard.

    EPA’s evaluation concluded that encapsulated coal ash in concrete and wallboard is comparable to virgin materials.

  • History excellence to be honored

    East Tennessee Historical Society is seeking nominations from across the region for awards of excellence in the field of history.

    Each year, the society recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming, and interpretation of the region’s history.

    Awards are in four categories:

    The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation, or special program, such as a conference, heritage event, publication or lecture series.

  • Adult basketball league turns into slam dunk in Rockwood

    Every Sunday after church, the Rockwood Community Center gym is full of hustling athletes

    This time, however, it’s the adults — not the kids — getting in on the basketball action.

    The demand caught recreation officials off guard.

    “We just kind of threw it together,” said city park and recreation director Jody Mioduski. “I had a couple of people tell me I ought to do a men’s league. I started advertising, put it on Facebook.”

  • Former clients testify in Butler discipline case

    After numerous postponements, Harriman attorney Donice Butler’s disciplinary hearing finally got underway at the Roane County Courthouse this week.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility is seeking to have Butler disciplined over allegations that she violated rules on competence, diligence, communication, scope of representation and terminating representation.

    Butler is also accused of misconduct and lying to a tribunal. She faces a possible censure or suspension of her law license.

  • More than $30,000 for judge’s race?

    Finance records show Mike Pemberton’s campaign for circuit court judge raised more than $30,000 from Jan. 7-15.

    Impressive, perhaps, but rivals Tom McFarland and Kim Nelson said they are not concerned about his hefty war chest.

    “I am focused on my campaign and not what any other candidates are doing,” Nelson said.

    “This is February,” McFarland said. “It doesn’t concern me.”

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    McFarland, Nelson and Pemberton are vying to replace Russell Simmons Jr.

  • The Garden Gate: What’s not to love about our spicy cinnamon?

    Cassia could really spice up your day. It has been spicing up days for a very long time.

    We cannot really know what was the first spice known and used by humans, but most authorities on the subject agree it was most probably cassia — or, as it is now known, Chinese cinnamon.

    Ancient records have proven this bark was used before 2700 B.C. It is still one of the more important and widely used of all spices today.