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Today's News

  • Kindergarten, pre-K sign-ups slated May 2-3

    Roane County Schools’ registration for kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2013-14 school year will take place next month.

    Registration will take place at the elementary schools from 2 to 5:30 p.m. May 2, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. May 3.

    Parents should register students for the 2013-14 school year at the school in their district.

    Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before Aug. 31; Pre-K students must be 4 on or before Aug. 31.

  • Church Calendar: April 13-27

    SATURDAY, APRIL 13
    • Emory Gap Missionary Baptist Church, Harriman, will have a free clothing giveaway for most sizes from noon to 3 p.m. at the church at 120 Poland Drive.

    • Sevier Street Seventh-day Adventist Church’s youth concert, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed. The concert will be rescheduled in May. The church is at 950 Sevier Ave., Harriman.

  • RCHS band plays before more than 1 million in country’s 2nd largest St. Pat’s Day parade

    The Roane County High School Marching Band recently performed in the 189th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Ga.

    Of the 33 bands in the parade, the RCHS band was selected to be the featured award band representing the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

    The band played “God Bless America” as it marched over three miles through the squares of Savannah and along the Savannah River.

  • Darnbush taking over command of 278th

    The largest unit in the Tennessee National Guard will have a new commander after ceremonies on April 14.

    The ceremonies, starting at 1 p.m. at the West High School Football Stadium, 3326 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, will kick off Col. Darrell D. Darnbush’s command of Tennessee’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

    The Rockwood National Guard Armory is part of the 278th, which has been commanded by Col. Frank C. McCauley  since May 2011.

  • Deadline today to submit proposals for STEM grants

    Today, April 12, is the deadline for Roane County teachers to submit proposals to URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC for educational grants with a specific goal of enabling new instructional methods in science, technology, engineering and math.

    The UCOR Education Mini-Grants will be awarded directly to teachers and schools for specific projects.

    All teachers are welcome to apply, but proposals should focus on STEM projects. For instance, a music teacher might apply for a grant for a math-related project within the field of music.

  • GUEST OPINION: Reporter takes up shield; what will courts do?

    The judge in the Colorado movie theater shooting case has decided to buy some time.

    Colorado District Court Judge Carlos Samour  Jr. has postponed a decision on whether Fox News reporter Jana Winter will be required to reveal her anonymous sources.  

    Winter’s reporting revealed that shooting suspect James Holmes had mailed a notebook outlining  violent plans and depicting illustrations of a shooting attack to a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, where he had gone to school.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We’re not making up any of this! Honestly!

    Some weeks ago, we penned an article captioned “What mischief will legislature produce?”

    Although that august body will not adjourn sine die for some days yet, they have already established a new record for Acts of ignorance, shame, and disgrace that will be hard to equal, but no doubt they will strive to do so just next year.

    Consider, if you will the following efforts, some of which have passed, some which have not yet been acted upon and some of which are lying in abeyance awaiting an opportune time to rear their ugly heads and become public Acts.

  • Wrestler wants to body slam cancer

    When Scott Humphrey was diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer, he decided he wouldn’t let age or illness keep him out of the fight.

    Instead, Humphrey created the character Doomsday and rejoined the world of wrestling entertainment after a long absence.

    “I said OK, is there anything I want to do? Anything unfinished? Pro wrestling got back in my head,” Humphrey said. “I said I’ve got to be out of my mind. I’m 40 years old. I have no business in a ring, but why not?”

  • Selling TVA? Think again

    President Barack Obama’s plan to explore selling TVA was sharply criticized by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

    “There is no assurance that selling TVA to a profit-making entity would reduce electric bills in the Tennessee Valley — which should be the overriding objective — and it could lead to higher electricity rates,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.

    Obama sent his budget for the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year to Congress on Wednesday.

  • Lady ‘Cats pound out 16 hits in downing Oakdale, 13-3

    After playing five games over the weekend in a tournament in Rockwood it was safe to assume that the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats might be a little sluggish against Oakdale on Monday.

    Oliver Springs, however, pounded out 16 hits in cruising to a 13-3 victory in five innings over the Lady Eagles at Arrowhead Park.