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Today's News

  • Federal agency slaps TVA over nuclear quality assurance issues

    The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $70,000 civil penalty against TVA for violations related to the commercial grade dedication program during the construction of Watts Bar nuclear plant Unit 2.
    The Watts Bar plant, where one unit has been in operation since 1996, is near Spring City.
    The NRC requires certain components in a nuclear plant to meet strict nuclear quality assurance standards.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Director of schools issues first-year report

    By GARY AYTES
    Roane County Schools director
    The State Report Card was released this spring, so it is a good time to update our citizens on the status of Roane County Schools.
    The report card shows academic improvement and also shows many areas for growth. 
    Our greatest improvement was in math, where we received an A in value-added scores and a B in achievement. 
    Our goal this year will be to maintain the A and improve our achievement score. 

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Beware of Sen. McCain and stay out of Syria

    Today, we conclude our comments for the present upon the disclosure by Edward Snowden of activities by government concerning telephone records and Internet records.
    As the reader will recall, prompted by the charge of several legislators and others that Mr. Snowden if guilty of treason, we quoted the provision of our Constitution defining the acts that constitute treason, to-wit: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or, in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

  • Rockwood students attend Boys State

    Rockwood High School rising seniors attending the 74th American Legion Boys State are, front row from left, Carson McCullough and Ryan Hamby; and back row, Matthew Stamey, Tyler McGill, Caleb Wampler and Malcolm Springs.

    Jim Ryans from the Rockwood American Legion, back row at far right, congratulates the students on their selection.

    This year's Boys State was May 26-June 1 at Tennessee Technological University.

  • Cherokee Middle Beta Club supports CASA

    Brent Sigmon, center, of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District accepts a $475 check on behalf of the organization from Cherokee Middle School Beta Club members, from left, Katherine Frye, Emma Savage, Gabe Shillings and Charlie Coen.

    The Beta Club chose CASA as one of its service projects for the year.

    CASA trains citizen volunteers who are appointed by a juvenile court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

    For more about CASA, call 717-4186 or email info@casaninth.org.

  • Bob Jones University dean's list: spring 2013

    Sarah Gibbs of Oliver Springs is among the 1,500 Bob Jones University students named to the dean’s list for spring semester.

    Gibbs is a freshman composite social studies education major.

    To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.0 grade-point average.

    Bob Jones University is in Greenville, S.C.
     

  • Church Calendar: June 21-July 8

    FRIDAY, JUNE 21
    • A concert featuring soprano Diane Griffith and pianist Mary Hook will begin at 7 p.m. in Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston. Music ranging from early Italian arias to German lieder to American composers George Gershwin and Cole Porter will be presented. The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St.

    SATURDAY, JUNE 22

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College graduates: spring 2013

    Megan Harrison of Kingston and Janelle Johnson of Ten Mile were among the 201 students who graduated this spring from Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens.

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah, was the commencement speaker.

    Fleischmann represents Roane County in the Fourth Congressional District.
     

  • Kelly, Claudy honored at Tenn. Tech

    Two Tennessee Technological University students from Roane County recently received awards from the Cookeville school’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    Jacob Kelley, a junior from Rockwood, received the Alberta Campana memorial scholarship and the William J.
    Brinker scholarship for study abroad.

    Kelley is studying German at Tennessee Tech and plans to spend the fall semester in Regensburg, Germany.

  • GED graduation June 27 at Princess Theatre

    Roane County Adult Education program will have its annual GED graduation at 6:30 p.m. June 27 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    A reception for graduates and their guests will follow.

    The event is in cooperation with the Roane County Literacy Council, Roane State Community College and other area supporters.

    Roane State President Chris Whaley will lead the commencement, with elected officials and community leaders in attendance to celebrate the success of our graduates.