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Today's News

  • Health-care reform info offered at OR open house

    Oak Ridge’s Grace Lutheran Church an open house this weekend to provide information about getting insurance via the Affordable Care Act.

    The open house will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the church at 131 W. Gettysburg Ave.

    Although the deadline for individuals to sign up has been extended to Dec. 23, time is getting short for those who wish to have insurance that takes effect as of Jan. 1.

  • Ride the rails with Santa the next two weekends

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has scheduled several weekend one-hour Secret City excursion rides for all to enjoy the Christmas season this month.

    The narrated one-hour excursion trips will depart at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14.

    It will also depart at 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.

    Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for ages 3-12. Children younger than 3 may sit on their parents’ lap and ride for free.

    Popcorn, refreshments and railroad souvenirs will be available.

  • On-the-government-job training

    Ninety students from all five Roane County High Schools shadowed 12 different elected officials during the annual Student Government Day.

  • Report: More than 7,500 bullying cases reported in 2012-13

    A Tennessee Department of Education report released in October shows 7,555 cases of bullying were reported in Tennessee public schools during the 2012-13 school year.

    According to the data submitted to the state’s Department of Education by school officials statewide, 5,478 — or 72.51 percent — of bullying reports submitted were confirmed after investigation.

    The report was required under anti-bullying legislation passed by the Tennesee General Assembly in 2012.

  • ACT to offer fall in-school testing date in 2014

    ACT will offer a fall in-school, weekday test date option beginning in late September 2014.

    The additional fall testing option will give greater flexibility to states and districts, providing an opportunity to test 12th grade students in addition to or instead of 11th graders.

    The fall date will allow seniors to receive their ACT scores in time to meet normal college application deadlines.

  • Midtown students privy to ‘The Nutcracker’

    A few members of the cast of Arts in Motion’s 2013 “The Nutcracker” visited Midtown Elementary School recently for a sneak peek of the production.

    Arts in Motion owner and director Jennifer Austin shared “The Nutcracker” story with the students, who were allowed to admire costumes, hear about backstage secrets, and ask questions about the production.

    Several counties are involved with “The Nutcracker” production, which includes a 132-member cast.

  • High-risk drinking still a concern on college campuses

    The problem of high-risk drinking among college students and young adults is widespread and results in numerous short- and long-term consequences for students, educational institutions and their surrounding communities.

    To address this behavior, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services funds the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities to provide prevention services on a number of college and university campuses throughout the state over a three-year period.

  • RCHS and Cherokee Christmas concert set

    Roane County High School and Cherokee Middle School bands will present a Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in Roane County High School gymnasium.

    The concert will include performances by both bands in a settign welcoming to the community.

    There is no admission charge.

  • State spells out future for libraries

    Local libraries — and the county and municipal governments that fund them — may see some changes in the way they do business with the coming of the new year and new directives from the state.

    That was the message Kingston Library Board member and City Councilman John Byrkit delivered to council recently.

    Byrkit said the state gave local library officials a preview of new standards through the office of state librarian and archivist Chuck Sherrill.

  • Tai chi offers exercise for body, mind

    Concentration, stress relief and balance improvement are some of the benefits enjoyed by a group that regularly meets in Kingston.

    Twice a week, the Taoist Tai Chi Society offers beginner and continuing classes at Bethel Presbyterian Church. Many in the group of 20 have been together almost 10 years.

    The class is the only one of its kind in Roane County.

    “They love it, or they wouldn’t come back,” said instructor Terry Elliott of Kingston. “This is a social activity, but it is also good for our health.”