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Today's News

  • November 2011 dispatches
  • Abigail Grace ‘Abby’ Ariks

    Abigail Grace “Abby” Ariks was born at 9:53 a.m. Nov. 2 in Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Jessica Ariks of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Ron and Rhonda Nickell and the late Angelia Ariks, all of Kingston, and Johnny Ariks of Decatur.

    Great-grandparents are Reva Nickell and Lonnie Johnson of Kingston, Sue Johnson of Harriman, and the late Nancy Edmonds of Pennington Gap, Va.

  • Henry Center kids ask: Orange you a Vol?

    The Henry Center had two Orange and White Days during football season to show support for Coach Derek Dooley and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

  • State looking to honor those who protect heritage

    The Tennessee Historical Commission has extended the nomination deadline to Dec. 31 for its Certificate of Merit Awards.

    The award is designed to honor individuals or groups who worked to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2011.

  • Preservation group looking for most endangered historic places

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance welcomes Roane Countians to submit nominations of the county’s endangered historic places or structures to be included in the 2012 East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage list.

    Nominations are accepted from Roane, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier and Union counties until Jan. 11, 2012.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 7

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County Board of Education members voted to use career ladder money to offset the expense of a driver’s education course. A $50 course fee and money sent from the state specifically for driver’s education should cover the cost of the course, which was scheduled to begin the following month.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: Let’s get back the holiday that got away

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Imagine if they canceled Independence Day.

    What if the federal government declared that the Fourth of July was no longer a holiday?  We would be told to report for work, cancel fireworks displays and picnics and go about our business the same as any other day.

    There would be outrage. Americans would be angered by the suggestion that we shouldn’t celebrate freedom. 

    Not recognize Independence Day?  Why, that would be un-American.

  • Roane State offers extended business hours

    Roane State Community College’s Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will offer extended business hours after the holidays to help students get ready for the start of spring classes.
    The college will be closed Monday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Jan. 2.
    After Roane State reopens on Jan. 3, extended hours will be offered on the following schedule (all times Eastern) at the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses:
    • Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Monday, Jan. 9-Thursday, Jan. 12, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

  • Prom dress event is double good deed

    It may seem early to be thinking about prom, but it has been heavily on the minds of two Roane County High School teens and their friends from surrounding communities.

    They want to do something to both help those who cannot afford a costly dress and give back to society’s hungry as well.

  • Kingston-Rockwood water connect