Today's News

  • Several from Roane serve as Senate pages

    Christina Nicole Charles and Nora Charles, both of Kingston, recently served as pages in the Tennessee State Senate.  

    Both are homeschooled students.  

    They were sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, who represents Roane County in the Tennessee State Senate.

    Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.

    They report to the chief clerk of the Senate and House of Representatives.

  • Vacation Bible School 2013

    Clymersville Baptist
    Clymersville Baptist Church, Rockwood, will have its vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 2-5 in the church at 662 Clymersville Road. “Colossal Coaster World” is the theme; classes will be available for nursery through adult.

    Childs Memorial Baptist
    Vacation Bible school at Childs Memorial Baptist Church, Harriman, will be from 6 to 8:45 p.m. June 10-14 at the church at 402 Childs Road. Supper will be served daily. Call 354-6544 for details or transportation.

  • Robotics big UCOR grant winners

    Robotics are where the money is in Roane County — at least as far as this year’s URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC Mini-Grant Program.

    Cindy Holmes’ Robotics team at Roane County High School and Katie Ruth’s Hands-on Robotics were among the 25 grant recipients from the company, known in the community as UCOR.

  • Church Calendar: May 25-June 2

    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a tai chi class at 9 a.m. in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. Call 376-6340 for more information.

    SUNDAY, MAY 26
    • New Hope Baptist Church, Rockwood, will have a communitywide homecoming during its morning worship service. Sara Webster will provide special singing; lunch will be served afterward. The church is at 1010 New Hope Road.

  • Alliance works to ensure Education Matters! in future

    The Roane Alliance last week kicked off a fund drive to keep its Education Matters! initiative continuing in the future.

    Funding for the initiative  – a Best Practice program, according to the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce – is being cut as of June 30, when the Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley ceases providing grant money to its county partners.

  • Account set up to help man who lost home in fire

    An account has been established at Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Midtown to accept donations for Ray "Sterling" Wyrick.

    Wyrick, who friends say suffers from a lot of ongoing health problems, lost his Mans Hollow Road home and belongings in a house fire on April 27.

    Call Diana Matheson at 435-9697 or 210-3137 for details.

  • Rockwood alumni set yearly reunion

    The 10th annual reunion for all Rockwood High School alumni will be June 3-9 at the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property on Eagle Furnace Road.

    Activities, including an ice cream social, pot luck dinner, game night and dancing will be featured during the week.  

    The main attraction will be a catered lunch on Saturday. Reservations are required.

    The lunch will be preceded by class photos and followed by an auction.  

    The Rev. Kenneth Clayton will conduct a church service Sunday morning.

  • Midtown annexation IS possible

    The state senate bill that created an annexation moratorium does not necessarily protect all of Midtown’s Hwy. 70 corridor from Harriman’s reach after all.
    Instead, the bill’s moratorium against any city extending its corporate limits by annexation ordinance from April 1, 2013, to May 1, 2014, only extends to property used primarily for residential or agricultural purposes.
    It says nothing about commercial properties.
    Also, the citizen voting requirement for annexation is a no-go.

  • Jim Henry officially DCS director

    Forget the interim part: After a short stint filling in, Kingston’s Jim Henry is now the commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services.
    Gov. Bill Haslam announced the full appointment Tuesday to the beleagured department.
    Henry, the first commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, had also been serving as interim director of DCS since February’s resignation of former DCS commissioner Kate O’Day.

  • Rocky’s case gets rockier

    Rocky Houston suffered another setback in his criminal case last week. U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. issued a report and recommendation, advising District Court Judge Danny Reeves to deny Houston’s motion to suppress pole camera footage.