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Today's News

  • Kingston rewards positive behavior

    Balloons and streamers filled the dimly lit Kingston Elementary School gymnasium, accompanied by the smell of freshly made popcorn. Young girls huddled together, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs.

    Based on the smiles seen on both boys’ and girls’ faces, Kington’s Winter Dance on Jan. 27 was a success on many levels.

    School officials held the dance as part of their Schoolwide Positive Behavior system.

  • 72 days under the sea

    Two Roane State faculty members plan to live under the surface of the ocean for 72 days this fall semester.

    If successful, they will not only set a world record for living underwater, but will also provide a unique educational experience by teaching from their underwater quarters.

  • Pemberton also seeks to be judge

    Another candidate has joined the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Mike Pemberton filed his petition with the Roane County Election Commission on Monday.

    “I’ve practiced law for 30 years, and have tried a lot of lawsuits,” he said. “I’ve always had an interest in being a judge and now is the time.”

    Pemberton, a Rockwood native, joins Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson and Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland as candidates in the race.

  • Rockwood retiree sets sights on falls

    For nearly 33 years, Roy Cook has been the go-to guy to fix a city vehicle or climb around the ceiling of Rockwood City Hall laying wire for a sound system.

    He even made Christmas ornaments at the city hall.

    “They kept sending paychecks every two weeks,” Cook quipped. “And I enjoyed the work.”

    Cook was head mechanic before he recently retired.

    City officials say they’ll miss him.

    “Roy’s loss is going to be a tremendous loss to the city of Rockwood,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Duke Energy contacts TVA

    Duke Energy reached out to TVA following the ash spill this week at Duke’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.

    TVA spokesman Scott Brooks confirmed Duke’s call for help.

    TVA knows first-hand what it’s like to deal with an ash spill. On Dec. 22, 2008, a dike failure at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash.

  • Truck versus trees
  • Hit the ground walking with Extension service program

    By Justin Thomas • For Roane Newspapers
    Being physically active is one of the best things you can do to improve and maintain your health — yet nearly two-thirds of Americans aren’t getting the activity they need.

    Consider taking up walking with friend or your family by participating in Roane Walks, an eight-week program that will spark some friendly competition in our Roane County communities.

    Teams of four or eight will compete to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging or even biking.

  • Get your bill of health at Luminary fair

    Blood labs provided by Summit Medical Group are among the many screenings and ample information to be available during Luminary United Methodist Church’s annual Presidents Day health fair on Feb. 17.

    Eight physicians or medical specialists will provide free screening services from 8 a.m. until noon.

    To schedule a free bone density scan between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., call the church at 376-7040 for criteria and an appointment.

  • Hospice volunteers sought for Roane area

    Amedisys Hospice is in need of volunteers to serve in the Roane County area.

    A volunteer is a special part of the hospice team. Volunteers are those who wish to make a difference in the lives of the terminally ill or those who are grieving by giving time to assist a patient or family member.

    Three volunteer opportunities are available with Amedysis Hospice. Direct-care volunteers offer companionship, support at the time of death, read or write letters with the patient, do craft projects with the patient and/or caregiver, feed the patient and pet therapy.

  • Walters State Community College dean's list: fall 2013

    Roane County’s Eric Richard Long earned academic honors at Walters State Community College.

    Long was named to the dean’s list.

    Students on the dean’s list at Walters State are honored for earning a 3.99-3.5 grade-point average while carrying 12 or more hours.

    Walters State is in Morristown.