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Today's News

  • School director finalists include Roane educator

    Roane County Schools administrator Gary Aytes is among the three finalists for the director of schools post.

    The Roane County Board of Education chose Aytes, Donald Andrews and John Green late Friday as the finalists for the position, which will be vacated with the retirement of Toni McGriff this summer.

  • RMS reception to honor retirement of former principal

    Rockwood Middle School will have a reception next week honoring the retirement of longtime school principal Bill Thompson.

    The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 19 in the Rockwood Middle School library at 434 W. Rockwood St.

    Thompson, who spent more than half a century in education, retired last summer after serving as Rockwood Middle School principal for 39 years.

    A former coach, Thompson was honored in 2009 when the school’s gymnasium was named for him.

  • RSCC art show now under way

    Roane State Community College is exhibiting its annual Student Art Show in the O’Brien Art Gallery through April 26 on the main campus in Roane County.

    The open reception and awards ceremony will be at noon April 26 in the art gallery. Last year, nearly $3,000 in prizes and scholarships were awarded.

    This annual event is open to all Roane State student artists and is an opportunity for students to hone their skills and gain exhibition experience.

  • RCHS students earn Jazz Band seats

    Four Roane County High Students recently won special recognition as top jazz musicians who performed during the All-State East Tennessee Jazz Clinic in Walker Valley High School in Bradley County.

    Terrence Long, Holly Aslinger, Roger McKinney and Andrew Layne, band students of Roane County High School Band Director Zack Williamson, competed with other jazz student performers from across East Tennessee to gain seats in one of three twenty-member jazz bands.

  • Church Calendar: April 14-28

    SATURDAY, APRIL 14
    • Harriman First Presbyterian Church will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the church at 601 Clinton St.

    • Kingston First Baptist Church will have Girls Night Out beginning at 7 in the church at 215 N. Kentucky St. The night of fun, faith and fellowship will include artist and speaker ilonka. Tickets are available at gnolive.com and at the church prior to and on the night of the event. Call 376-6041 for details.

  • SDA marks anniversary of opening its center

    Roane Community Seventh-day Adventist Church had its homecoming on April 7 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the official opening and dedication of its worship center.

    The center, at 336 Patton Lane adjacent to Roane State Community College, was opened on April 6, 2002.

    Former pastors George Sharpe and Rob Clayton participated in the homecoming service, during which the church gave thanks to the living Christ for all that He has provided for them.

  • Spring bash set Saturday

    Three Nails Artist Management will host a spring bash at Roane County Park Saturday, April 14.

    “This thing has taken off like a rollercoaster,” said Donnie Manis, who is funding the event.

    “Basically this is a kick-off to something that will probably grow.”

    The free spring bash will include food; music from the management’s bands Stutterbox, Common Clay Worship, Affliction Asylum and Encounter Eternal; and preaching from Greg Carlyle of Potter’s House Fellowship.

  • Girls Night Out coming to Kingston

    Kingston First Baptist Church is hosting a community event on April 14 designed specifically for women.

    Girls Night Out — a nation-wide program filled with fun, faith and fellowship — welcomes women from all backgrounds to share in God’s love by engaging them with humor and inspiring them with hope.

    The evening brings women together to celebrate who God created them to be.

  • The Garden Gate: Colorful iris bears name of equally colorful goddess

    The beautiful iris, the state flower of Tennessee, blooms in so many different colors. It was named after Iris, the personification of the rainbow in Greek mythology.

    There are about 200 species of iris to be found in the northern temperate zone. Native to Asia, about 30 different species grow wild in the eastern United States and in the the Mississippi Delta.

    They are a part of the family which includes freesia, crocus and gladiolus.

  • School director search narrows

    Friday the 13th could be lucky for three people who aspire to be Roane County Schools next director.

    Three finalists are expected to be named before the weekend.

    During the interview process, the candidates are being scored in 20 areas on a scale of 1 to 5 by each member of the Board of Education.

    Three candidates were interviewed on Wednesday.

    Four were scheduled to be interviewed on Thursday, and the final three candidates are set to be interviewed today.