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Today's News

  • Hurley speaks

    Whether it’s the pride she takes in being a former Hooters waitress or the videotape of her encounter with state trooper Teresa Brown, state Rep. Julia Hurley has been making headlines across the state and even country this year.
    The Lenoir City Republican recently agreed to a request for a sit-down Q&A interview with Roane County News reporter Damon Lawrence.

  • A Roane State welcome back to college

    Kingston resident Cheny Groberg seeks information from Molly Stover and Patrick Pate outside of the Roane State Community College library during the school’s welcome back event on the first day of classes.

    The first-year student will be taking general studies courses that will be easily transferrable.

  • School board earns award of distinction

    Roane County Board of Education is being honored by the Tennessee School Boards Association for its efforts to effectively govern public schools for more than 7,200 students.

    TSBA was to present its prestigious Board of Distinction Award, which recognizes outstanding performance by the entire school board, at a public board meeting to highlight the accomplishments of Roane County’s elected education leaders.

    The award was scheduled to be presented by Pat Chester, Southeast District Director, at the school board meeting in September.

  • Could online technology program be a perfect fit?

    The U.S. Department of Labor and the 2010-11 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook project employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.

  • Churches partner for youth rallies

    More than 15 churches in Roane and Anderson counties are having monthly youth rallies with an average attendance of more than 250 youths.

    The nondenominational youth rallies began in June and include music from praise and worship bands, addresses by pastors and youth pastors and, according to Travis Harmon, youth pastor at Harriman’s Big Emory Baptist Church, “some of the most intense group building games our area has seen.”

  • Spotlight on Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Aug. 26 — Scotty Tyler Bryant, 20, 1117 Roane St. Apt. 1, Harriman: violation drinking-age law. Bond $675; court date Sept. 26.

  • Putting 9/11 fear aside in favor of freedom

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in March 1933 — speaking in his first inaugural address to a desperate and fearful nation wracked by the Great Depression.

    Those same words, which perhaps would be sent today as a tweet from PrezFDR.gov, translate well to today’s war on terror as we mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Reminiscences of the old Emory Gap Post Office

    Gentle reader, as the onset of Autumn approaches, several annual events begin to show up on our calendars.

    One that many folks especially look forward to is the Roane County Heritage Commission’s social event at the old Court House. If you are not one of those who attend regularly, you really should consider doing so.

  • ‘Free money’ for library had too many strings, officials say

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    In a time when many are searching under seat cushions for extra quarters, the city of Kingston looks to be turning down a big wad of bills.

    Officials want to reject a $150,000 grant from the Federal Rural Development Administration for improvements to the Kingston Public Library.

    At a Sept. 6 work session, Kingston City Council moved to draft a motion to withdraw its request for the grant, which was filed two years ago. The grant was unexpectedly received this past June.