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Today's News

  • Help available to access BSF cemeteries

    The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on June 6-7 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.

    This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and located inside the park boundary.

    Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Oliver Springs students do well in annual science fair

    Twenty-two Oliver Springs Middle School students recently participated in the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair in Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Participating students advanced to the science fair after winning awards from their school fair.

  • OS, Rockwood FBLA students compete

    Rockwood High School and Oliver Springs High School Future Business Leaders of America students recently competed in state-level competition in Chattanooga.

    Winners included Shelley Edwards, Rockwood, second place in business finance; Chelsea Kile and Kristen Jolley, Rockwood, fifth-place desktop publishing team; Kelly Melvin, fifth place insurance and risk management; Melvin and Laura Bannon, Oliver Springs,

    first place online virtual business management; and Krystina Coward, Oliver Springs, third place, networking concepts.

  • RSCC students finish second

    Three first-year Roane State Community College dental hygiene students won second place at the Tennessee Dental Hygiene Association table clinic competition.

    “This is the first year the Roane State dental hygiene program has competed,” program director Melinda Gill said.

    “I’m excited and proud that our students won second place,” she added.

    The students — Jessica Swanger of Kingston, Bethany Brisson of Maryville and Laci Carroll of Clinton — attended the TDHA’s annual conference in Franklin.

  • Bechtel funding student awards

    Bechtel recently awarded a gift of $10,000 to fund engineering and business administration scholarships for students at the University of Tennessee.

    Bechtel has a long history of partnering with the University of Tennessee and has been a fixture in East Tennessee for decades, including a role in the management team at the Y-12 National Security Complex and a corporate office in Oak Ridge.

    The Bechtel-led Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC was awarded the contract to manage and operate Y-12 beginning July 1.

  • Gold City to sing in Princess Theatre

    Gold City, the Gadsden, Ala.-based award-winning Southern Gospel ensemble, will give a benefit performance beginning at 7 p.m. June 6 in Harriman’s Princess Theatre at 421 Roane St.

    Proceeds from the performance will support the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    The group includes, from left, Robert Fulton, Daniel Riley, Tim Riley, Chip Pullen and Bryan Elliott.

    Tickets are $15 and are available at Rocky Top General Store and Harriman Jewelry Exchange.

  • McKameys Hometown Singing coming up

    The McKameys, a premier East Tennessee family gospel-singing group from Clinton, will host their 31st annual Hometown Singing on June 6-7 in Clinton Second Baptist Church.

    The Inspirations of Bryson City, N.C., will be the special guest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Saturday’s special guest will be The Rochesters of Blacksburg, S.C., at 6 p.m.

    Reserved seating is $15; general admission is $13.

    Call 865-457-3678 for details or to purchase tickets by phone.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Property committee has its work cut out to do

    Gentle reader, according to Damon Lawrence’s usual comprehensive report of the recent County Commission meeting and their action on the “In God We Trust” matter, it seems that the resolution has become embroiled in acrimonious controversy such that either approval or rejection will be the source of ill will and dissension, so that the wiser and better course of action would be to lay the resolution on the table for the time being.

  • Boys & Girls Club plans for busy summer

    Boys & Girls Club of Roane County focused on the underserved middle-school age demographic when it opened this winter.

    Harriman Middle School’s old gymnasium soon filled with pre-teens and teens — youth in that awkward age of passage between childhood and adulthood where so many can go off track.

    “I think we have had a good four months. I’m happy, and people seem to be very excited,” said Dean Deathridge, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Club of the Clinch Valley, the group that oversees the Roane program.

  • Rockwood changes bid requirements

    Rockwood City Council this month approved an ordinance upping the bid amount that requires a formal bid process from $5,000 to $10,000.

    That now means anything $10,000 or less does not require a formal bidding process.

    The ordinance requires that purchases by department heads can be made for items less than $5,000 providing the funds are a line item in the budget, the purchase or contract is approved by the city administrator, recorder or city finance officer and pre-numbered purchase order is utilized.