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Today's News

  • Aytes’ schools contract extended

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 10-0 last week to give Director of Schools Gary Aytes a two-year contract extension.

    Prior to the vote, Aytes had one-year left on a two-year contract that was set to expire on June 30, 2014.
    With the extension the contract will run through June 30, 2016. Board Member Wade McCullough said the terms of the contract are not changing. 
    “It’s the same contract,” McCullough said. “It’s a two-year extension to June 30, 2016.”

  • State creates new online form for veterans cemetery

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.
     Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations. 

  • Wilderness first aid course offered

    Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare Education Department will host a wilderness first aid course at Oliver Springs High School.
    The $125 course includes three sessions: July 30 from 6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 1 from 6-9:30 p.m. and Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The course is for the outdoor enthusiast with no medical background.
    In 16 hours, students will learn important aspects of patient assessment, using extremity splints, evaluating spinal injuries and how to handle some crucial environmental problems.

  • The Garden Gate: Salt has been and continues to be vital today

    Salt is important.  It is the only rock we eat. It has seasoned our foods for thousands of years and been used in countless other ways for a long time.  

    It is mentioned in many places in the Bible, and is, as it has always been, a necessary part of our lives. Salt has many powers.  The interplay of salt and water is essential to life itself, and a proper salt balance is vital to our well being.

  • ACAC competes at Pilot meet

    “All I can say is wow. I don’t recall the last time we had a meet this fantastic,” Coach Mike Bowman said.
    ACAC swimmers posted best times in 73 percent of their swims. Mason Fischer (8) was a first time qualifier for Southeasterns in three events in the girls 10-Under division.
    “She’s only eight and making nine and 10 year old times, just like Jake Mason and other boys her age did last fall,” said the Coach.

  • Morgan receives scholar-athlete award
  • Flatt signs with Crown College

    Ryan Flatt made history Friday.

  • Teen bicyclist treated for injuries, released

    A 15-year-old girl was treated Friday at Roane Medical Center for injuries she sustained in a collision as she attempting to ride her bicycle across Kingston’s Franklin Street.

    The accident occurred at Franklin Street’s busy intersection with Kentucky Street.
    Witnesses said the girl, who was taken via ambulance for treatment and was later released, was riding up the sidewalk on Franklin Street toward the Roane County News office building when she cut across the street and ran her bicycle into a pickup truck driven by Melvin C. Miller Jr.

  • Judge severs Leon Houston’s federal charges

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston haven’t had much to celebrate in terms of legal victories since their arrest on federal charges earlier this year.

    However, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. gave Leon Houston one last week, granting his motion to sever the counts in the superseding indictment that was filed in May.
    Count one charges him with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. The second count charges Houston with threatening to kill attorney James Logan via a telephone.

  • Thank you for Lynn’s Law

    From staff reports
    The Michael Dunn Center wanted to say thank you.
    And that’s what staff and consumers did last week, when they presented State Sen. Ken Yager a thank-you card for his help in sponsoring Lynn’s Law.

    “I’m very appreciative of this card,” said Yager, R-Harriman. “It is very moving for me.
    “This is what it’s all about.”