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Today's News

  • Vacation Bible School 2012

    Beech Park Baptist
    Classes for ages 2 through high school will be offered during Beech Park Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 4-8. “Amazing Wonders Aviation” is the theme; fifth-graders will participate in a program tailored for preteens, while grades 6-12 will go offsite for studies. A fun day from 4 to 6 p.m. June 3 will kick off the week’s events. The church is at 1085 E. Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs. Call the church at 435-0045 for details or to arrange transportation.

  • Rockwood FBLA state winners

    Rockwood High School students, from left, Carson McCullough, Parker McCullough and Ryan Hamby placed in the top three of their events during the recent Future Business Leaders of America state leadership conference in Chattanooga

    Carson McCullough took second place in introduction to business.

    Parker McCullough won first place in business law and was the recipient of a $300 award, and Ryan Hamby won second place in Web 2.0.

    The McCulloughs are both eligible for FBLA national competition in San Antonio.

  • Meet this year’s RSCC honorees from Roane County
  • Sign up now for Summer Jobs+

    Roane State Community College is participating in the Obama Administration’s Summer Jobs+ program.

    The White House describes the program as a “call to action for businesses, nonprofits and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012.”

    As part of the program, Roane State will provide life skills and work skills courses, at no cost, to 50 people age 16-24.

  • 2012-13 Roane County Schools Calendar
  • General Sessions Court: April 2-9, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 2 — Edward D. Gibbons, probation violation. Dismissed. Failure to appear misdemeanor. Capias recalled by office.

    • James R. Doss, vandalism $1,000-$10,000, two counts domestic assault, theft under $500, setting fire to personal property and probation violation. All abated by death.

    • Jason S. Babb, vandalism up to $500. Dismissed.

  • Candidate kills self

    Roane County property assessor candidate J.T. Woods shot himself in the head at Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham’s house Thursday morning.
    He was later pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.
    Woods was 56. 
    Kingston police called his death a suicide as a result of the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said a note with the words “good bye everyone” was found in Woods’ vehicle.

  • Other assessor candidate withdraws

    Citing personal reasons, Roane County property assessor candidate Cheryl Laxton announced this week that she was suspending her campaign.
    “I’ve been asked to take care of my mother and being that I’m the only child that is in the position to stay with her 24/7, I must do this,” she said.
    Laxton said her mother is “ill and needs care.”
    “I lost my dad in December 2008, and I’ve always felt that I didn’t do enough for him, and I won’t let this happen with my mother,” she said.

  • Young Marine from area dies

    A young man who joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his graduation from Oliver Springs High School died while serving at the base in Quantico, Va.
    The obituary of Donald Edward Bowlin, 19, said the Harriman teen died on Monday, May 21.
    The cause was not initially clear.
    Bowlin shared the pride he had in joining their ranks while nearing his graduation only a year ago when he was interviewed with other high school seniors who planned to or already had enlisted with different military branches.
    Being a Marine was his  longtime dream.

  • $210,000 for new sheriff’s cars

    The vehicle replacement program for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office will continue in the 2012-13 fiscal year.
    During a meeting with Sheriff Jack Stockton and Chief Deputy Tim Phillips on Tuesday, the budget committee voted to earmark $210,000 for new sheriff’s vehicles in the upcoming budget.
    “The sheriff’s office needs more newer, reliable vehicles than the other departments,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “He kind of gets first dibs on new ones, and some of his replacements get shifted down to other departments.”