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Today's News

  • Inmate garden goes to weeds

     

    The Roane County inmate garden has fallen on hard times.

    A site that once rustled with tall, green cornstalks is now overgrown with brush and weeds.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agent Grant Palmer, who helped run the inmate garden program, blamed it on the weather.

    “We didn’t do it this year, and we didn’t do it last year,” he said. “With it being so wet, being able to get in there and get it tilled is what’s held us back.”

    The county started the garden back in 2008.

  • Pro2Serve ups commitment to child-reading program

    Pro2Serve Inc. promised to match the first $5,000 in donations for Roane Imagination Library last year, kicking off the yearly fundraising endeavor.
    This year, the company raised the bar and promised to match up to $7,500.

    Roane Imagination Library is well on its way to reaching that goal, thanks to a gift of $2,000 by Material and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. given at a reception honoring Pro2-Serve.

  • Schools change drug-test rules

    Last month the Roane County Board of Education approved the first reading of a revision to its policy on drug testing for student athletes. The revised policy would take effect if the board approves it on second reading this month. 

    “What we’re taking out of the policy actually does make it stronger,” Board Member Wade McCullough said.

    The revision will remove the opt-out clause in the policy and make all student athletes subject to  random drug testing.

  • Jenkins’ influence felt beyond classroom

     

    This year’s Roane County News Educator of the Year doesn’t just make a difference in the classroom.

    Dawn Jenkins does much more, including instructing a flourishing Bowers Elementary Dance Team.

    For her, children are a joy, and it shows in her dealings with them.

    “It doesn’t matter what age. I love them all,” she said. “I’ve always been drawn to children. I just think I was born to do this.”

  • Looseleaf laureate: Put down that cake and let’s dance

    Weddings have become anything-goes affairs these days. I guess that’s as it should be.

    I attended a fine outdoor ceremony at the Chattanooga Nature Center recently. Guests wore everything from dresses and coats and ties to blue jeans, hiking sandals and untucked shirts.

    And bug spray. Our hosts were thoughtful enough to provide plenty of DEET-infused repellants.

  • Oak Ridge woman charged with DUI

    A woman was arrested for driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license after a four-vehicle accident on Hwy. 58 near James Ferry Road Saturday.

    Amanda Graham, 30, Oak Ridge, was treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center before being taken to the Roane County Jail and charged.
    Preliminary reports from Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated Graham’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Hwy. 58 in the northbound lane.

  • VOLKSWAGEN: 10-year tax abatement

    Volkswagen got a 10-year property-tax abatement as part of its deal to build a distribution center in Roane County.

    “They do not pay any tax,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    There was some talk recently about not offering similar deals to future industries, but it doesn't appear that will happen now.

    “There is no plan to exempt the school taxes,” Henderson said. “That was just something we were researching.”

  • Lady Comets win first title
  • Fishing rodeo coming to Gravel Pit

    The 2013 Boat or Bank Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held this Saturday at the Kingston City Park Gravel Pit.

  • RMS captures region title