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Today's News

  • Ash spill meeting scheduled

    TVA, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, will hold a public meeting on progress of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project and long-term monitoring plans.
    The meeting will be Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the auditorium of Roane County High School in Building B on the school’s Spring Street side.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Doing a little reassessing of my own

    Life can be humbling.
    I’d been in “a mood” since late last week, when I received a notice from the property assessor’s office increasing the assessed value of my modest — at best — 1950s ranch house by more than $20,000.
    They said the house I paid about $94,000 less than a decade ago was now worth nearly $145,000.
    You’d howl about this if you could see my house.

  • Free info fair, fish fry for area seniors May 29

    A senior information fair and fish fry is planned form 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 29 in Brittain Village Community Room at Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

    A joint effort between the Offices on Aging in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties, the event will offer county-specific information on a variety of matters.

    Topics will include disease management programming, physical fitness opportunities, recreational outings, Medicare counseling, senior nutrition and home- and community-based options.

  • Medicare options to be given in seminar

    Roane County seniors who are aging into Medicare or are newly retired may benefit from an upcoming Medicare 101 workshop.

    The workshop, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood, will review information about Part A, B, C, and D of Medicare and options available for Medicare coverage.  

  • Armadillo search is on Saturday

    On May 25, Obed Wild and Scenic River staff will lead the park’s first hike dedicated to researching the possible presence of the allusive and invasive armadillo.

    Obed park rangers will conduct a short, informative hike along the Emory River Nature Trail, during which participants will be taught more about this mysterious creature and the risks that such non-native species can pose to an ecosystem.

    Participants should meet at the Rock Creek Campground at 2 p.m. and should wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.

  • T-shirt quilt reminds kids to stay drug free

    Margie Wadlington, far right, presents Cherokee Middle School seventh-grade reading/language arts teacher Linda Wiseheart, left and principal Elizabeth Rose with was presented with a handmade T-shirt quilt hang in school’s hallway to remind students to remain drug free.

    Wadlington, who served as Cherokee’s school counselor from 1984-94, made the quilts from T-shirts she had saved from her days sponsoring the “Just Say No” program at Cherokee.

  • Approved Field Trips: May 2013

    Upcoming out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in May:

    May 17-18 — One hundred twenty Midway Middle students participated in a lock-in at Pigeon Forge Community Center.

    June 7-9 — Rockwood Middle boys basketball team to attend basketball camp at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    June 10-12 — Rockwood High boys basketball team to attend basketball camp at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

  • Free summer camp offered for kids

    Looking for a cheap way to give children a fun-filled week-long experience this summer?

    The Salvation Army has a children’s summer camp experience that doesn't cost a thing, said Bob Lepsig, a board member of the Roane and Morgan Counties Salvation Army Service Unit.

    Parents in Roane and Morgan counties have until 5 p.m. June 14 to return completed applications for their child to attend the free summer camp the week of July 1-6.

    The camp is for children ages 7-12.

  • Several from Roane serve as Senate pages

    Christina Nicole Charles and Nora Charles, both of Kingston, recently served as pages in the Tennessee State Senate.  

    Both are homeschooled students.  

    They were sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, who represents Roane County in the Tennessee State Senate.

    Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.

    They report to the chief clerk of the Senate and House of Representatives.

  • Vacation Bible School 2013

    Clymersville Baptist
    Clymersville Baptist Church, Rockwood, will have its vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 2-5 in the church at 662 Clymersville Road. “Colossal Coaster World” is the theme; classes will be available for nursery through adult.

    Childs Memorial Baptist
    Vacation Bible school at Childs Memorial Baptist Church, Harriman, will be from 6 to 8:45 p.m. June 10-14 at the church at 402 Childs Road. Supper will be served daily. Call 354-6544 for details or transportation.