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Today's News

  • Looking Back: a little something from our files

    25 Years Ago

  • Heritage, Preservation group to tour Children’s Museum

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association members will take a free tour of the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum on one of its “traveling meetings” Aug. 8.
    The tour starts at 7 p.m. and is open to interested members of the public. It will replace the regular membership and public monthly meeting in Wildcat Den.  
    The Children’s Museum is at 461 W. Outer Drive in the former Highland View Elementary School,  the elementary school built for the Manhattan Project.
    Call Margaret Allard at 607-1122 for details.

  • Tigers run well in scrimmage

    John Webb’s Rockwood Tigers participated in their first scrimmage of the fall Friday night when they took on White-House Heritage, Jackson County and Livingston Academy in a four-way affair at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

  • Jackets struggle in scrimmage

    The sounds of pads popping are as addictive as chocolate for football-starved fans across Roane County.
    The Kingston Yellow Jackets partook in a three-way dance with Campbell County and Webb, armed with University of Tennessee recruit Todd Kelly, and fell 3-0 to Webb varsity and 2-0 to Campbell County.
    "Tonight was basically what happens when a young, inexperienced team goes up against one of the best teams in the state (Webb)," Kingston Yellow Jackets head coach Brian Pankey reflected post-scrimmage.

  • Green Wave, Eagles tie on gridiron

    The Oakdale Eagles and the Midway Green Wave battled last Friday and if anything was settled, it was these two teams are pretty even.
    Neither team could get going on offense in the early going.  Both teams made plenty of mistakes on offense and the defenses played tough. Midway finally struck for six on the 37th play of the game when junior Mason Woody raced 48 yards for the games first score. Four plays later the Green Wave struck again when Woody hit Jon Beason for a 49 yard touchdown.

  • Committee to take look at school budget

    Roane County Board of Education’s plan to fix its financial problems for the 2013-14 school year is not a done deal.
    The Roane County Commission, the funding body for the school system, still needs to approve the plan. That’s not simply a formality.
    “There have been amendments in the past year that have not been approved,” Board Member Wade McCullough pointed out at the July school board meeting.
    The budget committee, which includes four of the 15 commissioners, will discuss the plan on Wednesday.

  • EDUCATORS IN THE WORKPLACE

    The first day of classes in Roane County Schools is next week, but some teachers spent their break as students in the Educators in the Workplace program.

    The seven “summer school” sessions for educators began June 6 at Dienamic Tooling Systems in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    “This program is beneficial for both the businesses and the teachers,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up 0.5 percent in June, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The rate, at 8.7 percent, is 0.5 percent higher than a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,240 workers in Roane County’s 27,630 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Pit bull rescues on attack

    Two East Tennessee pit bull rescue groups are at odds with each other.
    Harriman-based East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue Inc. and Break The Chain Pit Bull Rescue, which operates from Lenoir City, sued each other in Roane County General Sessions Court last year. Both suits were dismissed without prejudice in March.

    Months before the dismissal, a judge put a mutual restraining order in place that was supposed to prohibit the parties from making disparaging remarks on Facebook or talking and texting each other.

  • THE COOL CLUB

    Peeking under leaves and digging in the dirt are all part of a day of fun for Evans Heights youth in Rockwood.

    The Roane County Master Gardeners help the community’s children tend a thriving garden filled with a variety of produce from tomatoes and peppers to zucchini, pumpkins, Swiss chard, potatoes and chives.

    The group, which recently built birdhouses during one session, is fondly called the Kids Garden Club.