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Today's News

  • North Rockwood members back from Haiti

    North Rockwood Baptist Church members, in alphabetical order, D.J. Allen; Joey and Jonathan Andrews; Tony, Sally and Ryan Davis; Stacy and Nick Hutchcraft; Beth Mitchell; Tracy and Courtney Shelton; Whitney Stooksbury; and Diana Whaley recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti.

    The June 1-9 mission was part of The Voice of Children USA and included eight churches from the Knoxville area and six California churches.

    The group, with the assistance of Haitian interpreters, conducted nightly revival services and daily medical clinics.

  • Men’s conference set in Oliver Springs

    Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, is planning a two-day men’s conference next month to help participants in their relationships with God, family, friends and others.

    “Strength of a Champion” will start with a 5 p.m. dinner on Aug. 16. A session will follow at 7.

    The conference will continue on Aug. 17 with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and session at 9.

  • Parkison in Phi Kappa Phi society

    April Parkison of Kingston was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, one of the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

    Parkison is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

    She is among 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

  • Alcoa minister to lead Sevier gospel meeting

    Alcoa Church of Christ Minister Lee Brown will lead a gospel meeting Aug. 5-7 at Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman.

    Services will begin at 7 p.m. daily in the church at 1014 Sevier Drive.

    “The Church That Jesus Built,” based on Matthew 16-18, is the theme.

    Brown is a Monroe, Ala., native and the fourth of five children.

    “Lee is a down-home country boy with a love for the Lord,” said Sevier Drive member Darlene Barksdale Johnson. “That can be seen wherever he goes.”

  • Oliver Springs High principal cited

    Oliver Springs High School Principal Jeff Woods accepts surprise honors, including $500, from Education First Foundation for Foreign Study.

    The awards are presented by  Nancy Thompson, who plans to be a host parent, and Sue Clark, international exchange coordinator.

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College honors: spring 2013

    Five Tennessee Wesleyan College students from Roane County were among those earning academic achievements during spring semester.

    Lindsay Arndts, Janelle Johnson and Rebecca Kadau, all of Ten Mile, and Megan Harrison of Kingston were named to the college’s honors list.

    To be eligible for the honors list, a student must be registered for 12 or more hours and attain a grade-point average of at least 3.70, with no grade below B.

  • OUR OPINION: $585 bags are like gold toilets ­to taxpayers

    We’ve long been a supporter of good, well-compensated teachers.

    However, we share every taxpayer’s distaste for wasteful adminstrative spending.

    That’s why we’re utterly disgusted with Roane County Schools’ plan to buy two fine Italian leather briefcases at $585 each to shuttle mail to the central office.

    Schools Director Gary Aytes seemed untroubled by the potential expense.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Character of Dr. Muhammad Morsi is discussed

    As promised last week, we will give some details about Dr. Muhammad Morsi, principally about a visit paid him by the author of Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants, by Stephen J. Glain, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2004. Mr. Glain is a former Wall Street Journal Middle East correspondent. His meeting with Morsi is set out in his book on pages 268 to 275. It took place primarily at Dr. Morsi’s office at Zaqaziq University.

  • Kingston moves on on budget committee

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After tabling it a few months back, Kingston City Council members decided a  budget committee might not be such a bad idea after all.

    Technically, the correct title of the new board created at the July council meeting is the Financial Review Committee.

    “Budget committee” is what it was called last spring, when the idea came up at a council work session, but died for lack of support.

    Its reintroduction this month, however, is a different story.

  • New hearing date set in Butler case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Attorneys Donice Butler and Chris Cawood participated in a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss a new scheduling order for Butler’s disciplinary hearing.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, is seeking to have Butler punished over allegations that she violated rules of professional conduct.