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Today's News

  • County whole in district

    The reshaping of the state’s congressional districts makes Roane County whole.
    “I’m glad to see us back together again,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.
    Roane County had been split between the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts. The redistricting plan approved by state legislators earlier this month puts the entire county in the 3rd District.
    Yager, a Harriman Republican, praised the move because it means Roane County and Oak Ridge will no longer be in different districts.

  • Roane State to hold health care job fair

    Employers are invited to participate in a Feb. 29 job fair for Roane State Community College students who are pursuing careers in health care and plan to graduate this year.
    The fair is planned from 2-5 p.m. at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.
    Employers are asked to register online, and there is no registration fee. To register, visit www.roanestate.edu/placement and click on the Job Fair link.

  • PBS station premiering Y-12 series

    Located in the Bear Creek Valley of East Tennessee, the Y-­12 National Security Complex had its beginnings in the earliest days of the Manhattan Project.

    Just over Pine Ridge from Oak Ridge, a city built during the project by the Army Corps of Engineers to house thousands of workers, Y-12 would eventually come out from under its secret cloak to become known worldwide for its role in creating the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare.

  • 'Rocks From Space' lecture Saturday

    Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory will host a public lecture, “Rocks From Space,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

    Fritz Kleinhans of Indianapolis University will present the program on his interest in meteorites.

    The program will be directed to grades 5 and older. The regular stargazing will follow.

  • Marches, show tunes on tap Sunday

    Babahatchie Community Band will showcase show tunes and marches during its free concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Harriman High School’s James Williamson auditorium.

    Band member Alison Westrich said the concert will start with a march: “The Steel King” by F.J. St. Clair.

    “St. Clair was the director of the  Edgar Thompson Steel Works Band and dedicated this march to Charles M. Schwab who founded the band and was also the general manager of Edgar Thompson Steel Works,” she said.

  • Time to sign up for 2 farm programs

    USDA Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency reminds producers that enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program  begins Jan. 23 and runs through June 1.

    “Farmers in Roane or Loudon County who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of ‘must-do’ jobs,” said Jane Rhinehart of the Roane/Loudon FSA. “Producers should contact the local county office to set up appointments.”

  • State offering parks, recreation grant funds

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is accepting applications for Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants to help communities create and expand parks and recreation services.

    The department is contacting local communities about the grant availability and will host a series of workshops throughout the state on Feb. 13 to help communities understand the application process.  

    The application deadline is June 29.

  • Get shots up to date, or no school this fall

    Stricter Tennessee laws regarding immunization requirements will have a detrimental effect on students entering Roane County Schools this fall.

    Students without proper immunizations will be prohibited from starting the school year in August, said Patricia Wells, school health coordinator of Roane County Schools.

    All Pre-K, kindergarten and present sixth-graders advancing to seventh grade this fall must receive proper immunizations before entering school.

  • ET band clinics feature several RCHS students

    Several students at Roane County High School, Kingston, were chosen to participate in the East Tennessee Band & Orchestra All East Honors Bands earlier this month.

    During tryouts at Bearden High School in Knoxville, each student was graded by a panel of East Tennessee band directors on a prepared solo, scales and the ability to sight read.

    Students chosen will be part of four bands representing all areas of East Tennessee.

    The bands will rehearse for two days and present a concert in Gatlinburg on Feb. 4.

  • Good Midway Middle students get special visits from an Angel

    Angel Thurman, an East Tennessee aspiring singer/songwriter, recently performed at Midway Middle School as an end-of-the-quarter incentive.

    As part of the School-wide Positive Behavior Support plan, students who have no office referrals and are caught up on all school work at the end of each grading period are rewarded with a school-wide incentive for following the three school rules: Be Ready, Be Responsible, Be Respectful.