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Today's News

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville dean's list: spring 2012

    Fifty-nine University of Tennessee at Knoxville students from Roane County were named to the dean’s list for spring semester.

    To qualify for the dean’s list, a UT undergraduate student must earn a term grade-point average of 3.80-4.0 to attain summa cum laude status.

    Students with a GPA of 3.65-3.79 earn magna cum laude honors, and those with a GPA of 3.5-3.64 are named cum laude.

    Students must complete at least 12 hours, not counting work taken on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis, to be eligible.

  • Field trips: Approved August 2012

    Upcoming out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in August:
    Oct. 13-17 — About 50 Roane County High students to tour New York City.

    March 23-31, 2013 — About 20 Rockwood High students to tour Europe and Mediterranean coast.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

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

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19.

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21.

  • Midway alum mark 50 years since graduation

    Members of the Midway High School class of 1962 who recently gathered for the class’ 50-year reunion are, front row from left, Linda Brewer Neal, Malcolm Myers, Norma Moore Craig, Reva Kyle Clark, Margaret Woods Evans, Janice Hodges Moore, Ann Deatherage Au, Allen Jett, Lynn Roach Raby, Eula Sitzler Kile, Elbert R. “Bug” Gamble, Polly Fain Murphy; and back row, Alvin Kasior, Lynda Townsend Huffman, Carol Shaw Bullard, Carolyn Howard Turbyfill and James “Junior” Nunley.

    The group met in Paint Rock Church fellowship hall and had a potluck lunch.

  • Moonlight for Sight run to help Lions

    Kingston Lions Club will have its annual Moonlight for Sight 5k run on Oct. 6.

    The route begins at Fort Southwest Point, proceeds along the waterfront to Kingston City Park’s Gravel Pit and back.

    The event will begin at 9 p.m.

    Walkers are also encouraged to participate, with their route on the sidewalk along the waterfront.

    Moonlight for Sight is one of two principal fundraising events to help Kingston Lions Club carry out their service to the community.

  • SNAP distribution changing in October

    Effective Oct. 1, the day on which Tennessee Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants receive benefits may change, depending on the last two digits of their Social Security number.

    The Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association has requested that SNAP benefits issuance dates be extended to help accommodate demand on grocers and provide all Tennesseans more access to a complete selection of food items.

  • GUEST OPINION: Defamation by the anonymous getting attention

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    Those who anonymously damage the reputations of others on the Internet may have a rude awakening.

    They’re not as anonymous as they believe. We’ve seen a number of cases in recent months in which judges have upheld subpoenas that give libel-suit plaintiffs the identities of those who have been posting ugly things about them:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: To whom much is given, of him much is required

    As this column is being prepared for submission to the publisher, the Democratic National Convention is just getting underway, and the Republican National Convention has been concluded five or six days ago.

    Due to these circumstances there is as yet little that we can say about the Democratic get-together in Charlotte, and a very great deal about which we could comment arising from the Republican assembly in Tampa, including addresses by Mrs. Romney, Mr. Ryan, and the Governor himself; not to mention Clint Eastwood’s performance.

  • Greenway grant puts focus on Emory River

    Harriman will be expanding its view of the Emory River downtown with the help of a grant.

    The federal monies come through a transportation enhancement grant of $447,776 for one phase of a greenway project that is planned to eventually span from the ballparks at Flour Mill Flats around the Emory River waterfront to the north end of downtown Roane Street.

  • United Way of Roane County wants to know what you think

    United Way of Roane County is a not-for-profit organization working with partner agencies and organizations to meet the human service needs of Roane County.  

    To ensure resources are used effectively, the organization is asking the citizens of Roane County to complete a short survey and give your opinion regarding services in the areas of education, health and financial stability.

    One survey per Roane County family is requested, and responses will be anonymous.