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Today's News

  • Miller named to TSBA Quarter Century Club

    Roane County Board of Education member Mike “Brillo” Miller of Rockwood was recently named to the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Quarter Century Club.

    The Quarter Century Club recognizes Tennessee school board members who have served 25 years on their district’s board of education.

    Miller, the senior member of the Roane County board, has served as chairman a number of times during his tenure.

  • Field Trips

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

    Dec. 9-10 — Five Midway Middle School band students will attend East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association junior clinic at Lee University, Cleveland.

    Dec. 16-17 — Harriman High School boys and girls basketball teams will participate in Climate Controllers Tournament, Hampton.

  • Asian studies forum slated in Oak Ridge

    Two Roane State Community College international students will discuss their educational experiences in Asia during a free forum at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 on the Oak Ridge campus.

    Yashi Chen will discuss growing up in China and her experiences at Roane State, while Minh Nghiem will talk about his childhood in Vietnam and being a college student in America.

  • RSCC closing Dec. 19-Jan. 2 for holidays

    All Roane State Community College campuses will be closed Monday, Dec. 19, through Monday, Jan. 2, for the holi-days.

    All campuses will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and spring classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 12.  

    Registration and other self-service options are available through RaiderNet, which can be found online at www.roanestate.edu/raidernet.

    Students who register on or before Jan. 5 are reminded that fees are due by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 5 Eastern to avoid deletion of their class schedule.

  • Bethel Presbyterian gives back to the community

    The Rev. Wendy Neff, center, pastor of Kingston’s Bethel Presbyterian Church, presents proceeds from the church’s annual fall festival to Sharon Pinner, representing Hands of Mercy of Roane County, and Brent Sigmon, accepting for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

  • Complaining, negativity addressed at annual Ladies Inspiration Day

    “Christian Women Negative Effects of Complaining,” based on Philippians 2:14-16, was the theme of the 36th annual Ladies Inspiration Day hosted by Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    Ira Booker of Bird Street Church of Christ, Shelbyville, was the guest speaker.

    She used several props, including oranges and plants, to demonstrate how one individual could view a situation differently and in a negative way from another.

  • Judge seeks balance in Occupy ruling

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    A federal judge in Minnesota has provided an interesting, common-sense decision that appears to balance fairly the First Amendment rights of the Occupy movement demonstrators, the responsibilities of public officials, and the larger interests of the public.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle ruled Nov. 23 that protesters can post signs in a Hennepin County government plaza and that they can assemble there “during any hour of the day.” But he also said county officials may ban tents and forbid anyone from sleeping overnight in the area.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: To create jobs, cut retirement age temporarily

    You know, gentle reader, the longer we live the more we become convinced that the Founding Fathers should have made it one of the prerequisites of being President of these United States that all candidates there for must be foundlings.

    In our own time we have seen how John F. Kennedy’s presidency was shaped and moulded by the influence of his father, Ambassador Joe Kennedy.

  • Woman struck by vehicle in parking lot

    An unlicensed teenage driver struck the owner of J. Lynn’s Salon in the parking lot of Food City on Monday.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said April Scandlyn suffered injuries to her knee, shoulder and head. She was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and released.

    “We’ve had calls on top of calls,” said Brandy Willis, who works with Scandlyn at the salon. “Everybody is concerned about her.”

    The incident happened just after 5 p.m. J. Lynn’s is located beside Food City at Ladd Landing.

    Washam said the 17-year-old female driver works for Food City.

  • Ferguson, Beason, Mullins seek road supervisor seat

    Three people have picked up petitions to run for road superintendent in next year’s county election. The list doesn’t include incumbent Tom Hamby.

    “I’m not going to run this time,” Hamby said. “I’ve had some heart problems and I decided this would be a good time for me to get out of it.”