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Today's News

  • STEM initiative lauches website

    The Rural Communities STEM Initiative recently launched its website — www.ruralstem.org — making it easier for Roane County students, teachers and community members to find pertinent science, technology, engineering and math education resources linked together in one location.

    RSCI is an Oak Ridge business-education partnership working with middle school teachers in nine East Tennessee school systems to improve students’ STEM skills, based on the new statewide math and science curriculum.

  • Foggy start to schools' 5k race

    More than 160 runners and walkers turned out on a foggy fall morning for the third annual Run for Your Health 5k race and walk, a project of Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program.

    Proceeds from the race are used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students in the Roane County school system.

    “Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator for the school system.

  • The Garden Gate: Colonists’ spirits rest with us in this season of thanks

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As we come to the end of November, we are face to face with some important celebrations: Thanksgiving, the day of St. Andrew, the national emblem of Scotland, and the beginning of Advent in the Christian faith that leads up to Christmas.

    It is common knowledge that Thanksgiving began in New England as the Pilgrims’ celebration of gratitude for being alive and prospering after their first year of deprivation in the New World.

  • Henry to remain an advocate

    If this had been a ballgame, Jim Henry was definitely on the home court.

    The Kingston native and state’s first Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities commissioner made introducing himself and his new staff a festive event at Michael Dunn Center.

    Scott Moddell, deputy commissioner of the office of policy and innovation, introduced Henry in a booming announcer voice that drew lots of laughs at the meet-and-greet event Tuesday.

  • Meet the Cookie Lady

    The heady aroma of cookies, brownies, breads and more fills the warm and cozy kitchen of Tracie Ireland’s home at 515 Clinton St. in Harriman.

    Each fall she bakes and freezes the tasty morsels for the Cornstalk Heights Historic Harriman Christmas Tour through grand homes in the neighborhood.

    “It really is a labor of love,” said Ireland. “I truly enjoy doing it.”

    She also admitted a lot of effort goes into the effort.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Joe goes – to shores of mighty Mississippi

    My friend Joe was on the road for Thanksgiving.

    His mother died this spring, and his father died some years back, so he wasn’t spending the holiday with family.

    Instead, he headed to Memphis. Next month, he will be starting a new life as a fundraiser for a downtown hospital that sorely needs his skills.

    I have mixed feelings about this.

  • No slack cut for repeat offender

    Eric Gallaher, in jail with no bond for violating the conditions of his pretrial release, asked Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks for a break on Monday.  

    “Is there anyway I could get a work release?” he asked.

    “No, sir,” Wicks responded. “I’m not allowing work release on this.”

    That means Gallaher could remain jailed at least until his preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 23.

  • 45 words from 1791 are ultimate power

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The comparisons have already started — police in Egypt attacking demonstrators with clubs and tear gas, and police in a number of U.S. cities breaking up “Occupy” camps with clubs and tear gas.

    If you’re a demonstrator in Cairo or Oakland, any difference between foreign and domestic nightsticks and pepper spray probably doesn’t matter a whit.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Let’s pass one for the Gipper – tax plan that is

    It has been our observation over the years that the readership of this column contains a rare combination of brain power covering numerous fields of intellectual endeavour.

    Thus, we have no hesitancy in posing a problem which has occurred to us in recent years and to which we have not heretofore found the answer.

  • Bobcats hoping to avoid Black Friday

    No time to celebrate.