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Today's News

  • Daisies and dandelions

    Wednesday as part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day The Bridge at Rockwood residents, with a police escort, walked or were wheeled nearly a mile with the smell of honeysuckle int he air and the breeze blowing in their faces.

  • GUEST OPINION: Legislative prayers are a murky situation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    When the U.S. Supreme Court declared legislative prayers constitutional 30 years ago, the justices sent a convoluted message to legislatures, city councils and other government bodies:

    You may open your sessions with prayer, a tradition that dates back to the founding of the Republic.  But don’t exploit the prayer opportunity “to proselytize or advance any one, or to disparage any other, faith or belief.” (Marsh v. Chambers, 1983)

  • School board member to be police chief?

    Roane County school board member Danny Wright may become Rockwood chief of Police.
    Mayor James Watts announced he is recommending Wright for council consideration as part of this year’s budget discussions.
    Watts said that current chief Bill Stinnett has decided to step down to captain, effective July 1. Current Capt. Pless Buck will be retiring in the near future after 42  years with the department.

  • Tax-hike request made official

    It’s official: the Roane County Board of Education is requesting an increase in the property tax rate to fund the 2013-14 school budget.
    The county’s current property tax rate is $2.18 per $100 valuation. The board is requesting an increase of 17 cents.
    “It’s to keep the programs we have in place right now, and it will keep us on track of being a really good school system,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said, “but it will not make us a great school system.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Early rising better than slow to sleep

    At this point in my life, sleep usually comes easily.
    I’ve not always been so lucky.
    During much of the 1990s, I worked at The Associated Press in Chicago, a busy, 24-7 news bureau.
    There, employees with families tended to get regular, daytime schedules.
    I was one of a handful of single employees who was tossed about the schedule to fill in around them.
    My shift, if it could be called that, changed dramatically from week to week. I worked overnights, weekends, started shifts at 6 a.m. and then, later in the week, 5 p.m.

  • 113 Roane high school seniors cited as Tennessee Scholars

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Roane County Schools, recognized 113 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars during a breakfast ceremony on May 15.

    “The Tennessee Scholars program helps to provide a better pool of future workers to our local business community,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson. “Local businesses support this program because it is good for students, good for business and [good for] the future of Roane County.”

  • Rockwood Methodist dedicating grand piano

    Rockwood United Methodist Church will dedicate its new Yamaha grand piano June 9 with special celebrations.

    Music in the 11 a.m. worship service will feature the piano, flute and trumpet and include a recognition of contributors to the piano fund.

    A 3 p.m. concert of sacred music will show off the new piano to the community with Rockwood United Methodist Church organist Wayne Duggin on piano and guest organist Fred Pogue.

  • Vacation Bible School 2013

    Bethel Presbyterian/Kingston United Methodist
    “Following in Jesus’ Footsteps: Inspired by Marketplace 29 A.D.” is the theme of the Bible school planned by Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, and Kingston United Methodist Church. Classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 17-20 in Kingston United Methodist fellowship hall at 212 W. Church St. Registration information is available at Bethel Presbyterian at 203 S. Kentucky St., 376-6340 or Kingston United Methodist, 376-6337.

  • Goodbye, Henry Center — hello, kindergarten!

     

    The Henry Center’s recent annual graduation for children going to kindergarten in the fall includes, front row from left, Cole Ison, Maddox Lawson, Rylee Milliken, Camden Oran, Brooklyn Reed, Nicolas Gouge, Maggie Beaver; and back row, Grayson Holloway, Connor Burkhart, Alexis Walker, Liam Smith, Bryson Hendrickson and Carter Houston. Not pictured is Kylie Phillips.

  • Rockwood letter carriers deliver to help hungry

    Letter carriers with the Rockwood Post Office collected about 5,000 pounds of food during their annual food drive earlier this month.

    Postal patrons left their donations of nonperishable foods in their mailboxes.

    The food was picked up by the letter carriers making their routes and later delivered to the Rockwood Ministerial Association’s food pantry warehouse.