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Today's News

  • Fall Into His Arms conference slated

    Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston, will be the site of the first Fall into His Arms Women’s Conference.

    Organizers call it “The first of its kind in Roane County.” It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 9 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the church at 106 Morrison Hill Circle.

    The conference is organized by Brenda Wright, a Bible teacher at Morrison Hill Christian Church.

  • Gala to raise money for scholarships for Roane student writers

    The 2013 Student Writers Scholarship Gala, a fundraising event, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    “Sentenced to Write” is the theme of this year’s event, a partnership between Roane Writers Group and Roane County Heritage Commission.

    Antebellum-costumed greeters and other period characters will mingle with guests.

    The gala is the primary fundraiser for the scholarships and prizes awarded to winners of Roane Writers Group’s annual Student Writing Contest.

  • Singing to honor Harvey, help OS Historical Society

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society’s C.S. “Sonny” Harvey Memorial Gospel Singing will feature a number of area singers and groups.

    The singing, a tribute to the longtime Oliver Springs businessman and Historical Society supporter who died in January, will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 in the former Beech Park activity building on Old Butler Road, Oliver Springs, adjacent to the Windmill Inn.

  • Foundation awards grant to Dunn Center

    Michael Dunn Center is the recipient a grant from the 1st and 10 Foundation of Guild, N.H.,  to purchase sensory equipment for children and adults supported the center.

    Sensory equipment is needed at the center to better support the growing number of children and adults diagnosed with autism.

  • GUEST OPINION: Gay equality trumps religious objections

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In the wake of two favorable Supreme Court decisions, gay-rights proponents got another boost this month with the release of State of the First Amendment: 2013, a public-opinion survey supported by the First Amendment Center.

    According to the new poll, a majority of Americans (62 percent) now agrees that religiously affiliated groups receiving government funds can be required to provide health benefits to same-sex couples, even if the group has religious objections to same-sex marriage or partnerships.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Rhea County sights, other oddities

    Gentle reader, it has occurred to us that two issues presently concerning the powers that be in the Federal District, namely the invasions of privacy inherent in the collection of citizens’ telephone calls and electronic transmitted messages, and the perilous state of the Post Office might both be resolved by one simple solution: You want to send a message? Write a letter.

  • Roane County students earn degrees at RSCC

    A number of Roane State Community College students from Roane County graduated from Roane State Community College during the 2012-13 academic year.

    Graduating summa cum laude with a grade-point average of 4.0-3.9 were:

    Harriman — Roger Liles,  Timothy Phillips,  Jay Phillips,  Corey Reed and Savannah Weatherly.

    Kingston — James Heaton, Daniel Miget, Mandy Rush, and Lawrence Wise.

    Rockwood — Michelle Edwards,  Ashley Mitchell,  Robin Scarbrough and Christopher Sherrod.

  • Roane students excel in postsecondary studies

    East Tennessee State University

  • Pelley an honors scholar at ETSU

    Sarah Beth Pelley of Rockwood is among the transfer students selected by East Tennessee State University’s Honors College as a 2013 Midway Honors Scholar.

    Midway Honors Scholars are exceptional students transferring to the university.

    Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at their previous school and must either hold an associate’s degree or have earned at least 30 credit hours of course work.

  • ’Cats battles Halls in scrimmage

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats traveled to Halls Tuesday evening and took on the Red Devils in what would be their final full-scale fall scrimmage.