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Today's News

  • GED revision prompts rush to test centers

    Tennesseans who have not taken the GED high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the test have until the end of the year to earn their high school credential under the current test structure, according to Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips.

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test.

  • Rainy day doesn’t dampen plant sale

    A rainy May Saturday did little to dampen enthusiasm for Harriman Garden Club's annual plant sale.

    Club members said two-thirds of their inventory had been sold with more than an hour left for the annual event.

    The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Harriman Garden Club.

    Members were on hand to assist with sales and answer questions about how to best care for the plants they were interested in.

  • The Garden Gate: Your fruit bowl is full of all kinds of interesting treats

    It is strawberry time. All the markets are displaying red, succulent, wonderfully scented strawberries. Most of us are making the most of this annual treat with everything from strawberry pies and flans to good, old-fashioned delectable strawberry shortcake.

    Strawberries seem as American as Uncle Sam, and they have a long, completely American history.

  • Hankes new regional Red Cross CEO

    Michelle Hankes has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross East Tennessee Region, which has oversight of the nonprofit’s operations in 36 counties, including Roane.

    Her first day will be July 8, 2013.

    Hankes, previously president and CEO of Blount County United Way, comes to the Red Cross after many years of nonprofit experience.  

    She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa, and a certification in nonprofit management from Iowa State University.

  • Backpack program to feed hungry schoolchildren needs more support

    Children shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.

    Some of Roane County’s youth won’t have to during school-year weekends, thanks to a program that sends backpacks home filled with healthy meals and snacks.

    The Food for Kids program of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, needs help to continue offering the quality treats for the students and to potentially expand to more students.

  • Military Matters: Richard A. Pague

    U.S. Army Pvt. Richard A. Pague recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of James Pague of Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Rockwood First Baptist Church, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7.

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 12.

    • Blair Fire Hall, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. June 12.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified.

  • Kingston library to receive literacy computer station

    Kingston Public Library has been selected to receive an AWE Early Literacy Children’s Computer Station.

    The library was selected to receive the self contained, educational computer station with programs for ages 2-10 by the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet through the Early Childhood Advisory Council and in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

     The $3,200 grant for the station includes training two library staff members this summer.

  • O’Neal murder trial postponed once again

    The July 9 murder trial for Ralph O’Neal has been postponed.

    O’Neal is accused of killing Ronnie Dean Cofer in August 2007.

    Cofer’s body was discovered in a ditch on Clax Gap Road. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Cofer had been shot.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said O’Neal’s lawyer, Bob Vogel, has been accepted to the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming for a three-week period around that time.

  • Testing the waters

    The Rockwood Fire Department is in the process of checking all 400 hydrants in the city. Fire fighter and first responder, Jason "Lunch Box" Kilby, and Capt. David Kirby worked on North and South Chamberlain Avenue Monday.

    Hydrants that aren't used often the water at first is a muddy color to it due to the lack of water circulation.
    It takes around 4 to 5 weeks to check every hydrant to make sure nothing has changed and that the water pressure is in good working order Kirby said.