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Today's News

  • Alliance works to ensure Education Matters! in future

    The Roane Alliance last week kicked off a fund drive to keep its Education Matters! initiative continuing in the future.

    Funding for the initiative  – a Best Practice program, according to the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce – is being cut as of June 30, when the Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley ceases providing grant money to its county partners.

  • Account set up to help man who lost home in fire

    An account has been established at Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Midtown to accept donations for Ray "Sterling" Wyrick.

    Wyrick, who friends say suffers from a lot of ongoing health problems, lost his Mans Hollow Road home and belongings in a house fire on April 27.

    Call Diana Matheson at 435-9697 or 210-3137 for details.
     

  • Rockwood alumni set yearly reunion

    The 10th annual reunion for all Rockwood High School alumni will be June 3-9 at the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property on Eagle Furnace Road.

    Activities, including an ice cream social, pot luck dinner, game night and dancing will be featured during the week.  

    The main attraction will be a catered lunch on Saturday. Reservations are required.

    The lunch will be preceded by class photos and followed by an auction.  

    The Rev. Kenneth Clayton will conduct a church service Sunday morning.

  • Midtown annexation IS possible

    The state senate bill that created an annexation moratorium does not necessarily protect all of Midtown’s Hwy. 70 corridor from Harriman’s reach after all.
    Instead, the bill’s moratorium against any city extending its corporate limits by annexation ordinance from April 1, 2013, to May 1, 2014, only extends to property used primarily for residential or agricultural purposes.
    It says nothing about commercial properties.
    Also, the citizen voting requirement for annexation is a no-go.

  • Jim Henry officially DCS director

    Forget the interim part: After a short stint filling in, Kingston’s Jim Henry is now the commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services.
    Gov. Bill Haslam announced the full appointment Tuesday to the beleagured department.
    Henry, the first commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, had also been serving as interim director of DCS since February’s resignation of former DCS commissioner Kate O’Day.

  • Rocky’s case gets rockier

    Rocky Houston suffered another setback in his criminal case last week. U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. issued a report and recommendation, advising District Court Judge Danny Reeves to deny Houston’s motion to suppress pole camera footage.

  • OS wins state tourney opener, 4-3

    If the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats had any opening game jitters at the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro on Tuesday, it didn’t show as Matt Headden’s squad picked up a 4-3 victory over University School of Johnson City (USJC).

  • Rockwood's season ends at state tourney

    The 2013 season came to a close for the Rockwood Tigers following a pair of losses in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro.

    Rockwood opened play Tuesday night at Middle Tennessee Christian School with a 5-1 loss against Silverdale Baptist Academy, and then on Wednesday, the Tigers were eliminated following an 18-2 loss at the hands of Summertown.

  • The Garden Gate: This column may someday be part of a home for a furry friend

    A border of day lilies really dresses up your garden. All the pretty flowers are in bloom for only one day at a time, but the blooms are so prolific and replace each other so fast that it is hard to realize they are so well named. Because that’s what they are, one day at a time, day lilies.

    The exuberant and lovely blossoms are among the most satisfactory and easy-care flowers one could imagine for any American or Canadian garden, and they flourish especially well in the gardens of Tennessee.

  • Prowl for owls on the Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a spring Owl Prowl beginning at 8 p.m. May 31 at the Lilly Overlook parking lot.

    Those attending will hear about the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern screech owl and the barred owl, two of the most common owls in Eastern Tennessee.

    They will also be taught how to distinguish between the two owls’ different and unique calls.

    Participants will hike to the overlook with park staff as they call out to owls with recorded owl sounds.