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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Flowers a welcome sight from dreary winter

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In some parts of the world the holidays are not yet over.

    The Chinese celebrate the New Year according to the lunar year which is based on the waxing and waning of the moon.

    Because the moon cycles take about 354 days rather than 365 days, the Chinese New Year’s Day occurs somewhere between Jan. 20 and Feb. 20 at the inception of the second new moon after Dec. 22, the winter solstice.

  • Pro2Serve largest United Way corporate donor

    Professional Project Services Inc. — or Pro2Serve — is once again the largest corporate contributor to the Roane County United Way’s annual fundraising campaign.

    Pro2Serve’s 2012 corporate campaign contribution of $22,756 matched employee contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

    When combined with $2,371.93 raised by employees through special events that included a taco bar and chili cookoff, $51,883.93 was contributed to Roane County United Way by Pro2Serve and its employees.

  • ‘American Celebration’ honors heroes in uniform

    Roane Choral Society will present “An American Celebration” at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 in the theater on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    “Come help us celebrate our great country in a musical tribute to our men and women in uniform,” said Julianne Bailey, a member of the Roane Choral Society.

    “Enjoy patriotic readings and songs such as ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ ‘For Spacious Skies’ and ‘Armed Forces Salute.’”

  • GUEST OPINION: Consider freedom during planning for conventions

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    As the 2012 presidential primary season reaches full speed, let’s pause on the politics for a moment and look ahead to the national Republican and Democratic conventions with the First Amendment in mind.

    Republicans will meet the week of Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

    Democrats huddle the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Sometimes it is good to consider the impacts

    When I was a junior in high school, my family moved from the community I had grown up in to a new place an hour and a half away.

    Being the new kid in a new school was difficult, but things got worse when a story appeared in the local newspaper.

    Our newly constructed house was on a country lane just outside of town. It had a septic tank, which a neighbor contended had been incorrectly installed. I assume she watched the work being done from her house, although there were indications she just didn’t want the lot beside her developed.

  • Roane County man’s career spans cutting-edge technology

    When Martin Skinner enlisted in the U.S. Army, he thought he would finish college before active duty.

    Instead, he quickly became part of the movement that ended World War II.

    “I came to Oak Ridge as a member of the special engineering detachment in September 1944. We were about 1,200 GIs in Oak Ridge scattered at the three major plants,” Skinner said.

    Skinner, now of Harriman, had been at Michigan State when he was called to active duty as a sophomore.

  • Roane County man’s career spans cutting-edge technology

    When Martin Skinner enlisted in the U.S. Army, he thought he would finish college before active duty.

    Instead, he quickly became part of the movement that ended World War II.

    “I came to Oak Ridge as a member of the special engineering detachment in September 1944. We were about 1,200 GIs in Oak Ridge scattered at the three major plants,” Skinner said.

    Skinner, now of Harriman, had been at Michigan State when he was called to active duty as a sophomore.

  • Street name change memorializes late RHS football coach

    One of Rockwood High School’s most influential football coaches shaped young minds — and now the community wants to show their appreciation of the late Tiger by renaming a roadway after him.

    The first reading of an ordinance to rename a one-block section of North Lenoir Avenue beside Rockwood Middle School was done last month.

    A second reading will be this month.

  • Chowing down during the big game
  • Raiders pick up split

    After having their nine-game home winning streak snapped Friday night with a 72-59 loss to Columbia State, the RSCC men’s basketball team rebounded Saturday afternoon by crushing first-place Jackson State 81-43.