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Today's News

  • Poetry reading scheduled

    In celebration of the Creative Arts Co-op’s 10th anniversary, Roane Writers Group will have an open poetry reading from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at 426 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    Award-winning poet and poetry editor John C. Mannone will host the event.

  • Midway High taking on Battle of the Belt

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers — in fact, teens have the highest fatality rate in motor vehicle crashes than any other age group.

    A group of Midway High School students are determined to do something about those alarming statistics.

    Members of Midway’s Positive Peer Pressure Club are participating in the Battle of the Belts Challenge, a statewide competition aimed at increasing awareness and use of seatbelts by all who ride in motor vehicles.

  • Technology Center fabricates portable stairs for Princess

    When officials at Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman scheduled the school’s August graduation at the Princess Theatre, they noticed there was a problem getting the graduates on the stage from one side and off from the other.

    There is access to the stage from the seats on the right side, but as the students walked across the stage they would have had to circle around and come back down on the same side, causing congestion on the stairs.  

  • RSCC, MTSU ink pact

    The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Roane State Community College signed agreements last month that will ease the transition for students seeking to transfer from the college to the university in Murfreesboro.

    MTSU’s Sidney A. McPhee and Roane State’s Gary Goff authorized three agreements that create dual admissions, concurrent enrollment and reverse transfer options between the college and the university.

  • Duncan awarded scholarship

    Amie Duncan of Rockwood was awarded a $600 Nebraska Book Co. book scholarship at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

    Duncan, an anthropology major, is a 2011 honors graduate of Rockwood High School.

    She is the daughter of Cheryl Duncan and Mike Luttrell, both of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are James Duncan of Jamestown and the late Chestolene Duncan, Carolyn Luttrell of Rockwood, and David and Norma Luttrell of Kingston.

  • Little Leaf Baptist to be a part of OS Old Town tour

    Little Leaf Baptist Church will participate in the Tour of the Old Town in Oliver Springs on Oct. 19.

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society’s walking tour will start on Main Street, where people of the community will portray those of the town’s past to tell their stories.

    Julia Hopper Daniel from Little Leaf Baptist Church will play the part of Adeline Staples, her great-great-grandmother who was born into slavery in 1845.

  • Church Calendar: Oct. 19-Nov. 3

    FRIDAY, OCT. 19
    • Rockwood United Methodist Church will have its two day Christmas bazaar in the church at 801 N. Kingston Ave. Bazaar hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and start at 9 a.m. Saturday. A potato soup/chili meal on Friday is available for $6. Handmade items and baked goods are among the sale items offered during the bazaar; a couple of auctions are also planned. Call 354-0753 for details.

    SATURDAY, OCT. 20

  • GUEST OPINION: Cities may not screen transit ads by viewpoint

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A second federal judge has ruled that a metropolitan transit system must accept controversial ads that call for support for Israel and the defeat of “jihad.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: If they love the party, Republicans will fire DesJarlais

    It seems, gentle reader, that when we were first exposed to the deplorable conduct of Dr. Scott DesJarlais, we weren’t told even half of the story.

    What we were told about his conduct with and to his first wife, and even more importantly his son, seemed enough to disqualify him from representing us, or any others of the good, moral, ethical, and high principled citizens of the old Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee.

    However, our Republican friends saw it differently and gave this low-life reprobate their votes.

  • Career program helps special-needs students

    Teachers in Roane County’s Work-based Learning for Special Needs Students program held an appreciation luncheon on Oct. 10 at Roane County High School for people who supported their effort.

    That includes staff at several businesses, churches and at least one school.

    During the unique program, students in special education programs in Roane County schools are able to map out a career path and hunt for a job.

    Once they secure employment from one of the sponsors, they