Today's News

  • RCHS helping with food drive

    Students at Roane County High School are helping out the Kingston Police Department in its Thanksgiving Food Drive for The Hands of Mercy.

    The drive begins Oct. 1, which coincides with homecoming week at RCHS.

    Each class will compete against the others in an attempt to gather the most items needed to fill as many food baskets as possible by the Nov. 16 deadline. The goal is to feed 750 needy families.

  • OR museum offering homeschool programs

    Families can register their students for the Homeschool Friday Programs for grades K-6 through December at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Programs for homeschool students in grades K-2 are one-hour classes from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; grades K-6 take two-hour classes from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

    Program fees for grades K-2 are $7 for the public and $5 for museum members; 3-6 grades pay $12, with museum members paying $9.

  • RCHS financial aid meeting set

    A financial aid meeting for Roane County High School seniors and parents will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the school auditorium in Kingston.

    Sam Mullins from Tennessee Student Assistance Corp., the state’s designated student assistance program, will be available to answer questions during this informational session for students planning to enroll in college or trade/technical school.

  • School field trips: Approved September 2012

    Upcoming out-of-state and overnight field trips approved by the Roane County Board of Education in September:

    Oct. 13-14 — Roane County High Science Club to Kings Island in Cincinnati.

    Nov. 30-Dec. 2 — Oliver Springs High boys and girls basketball teams to compete in tournament at William Blount and Seymour High.

    May 13-17, 2013
    — Harriman Middle eighth grade to tour Washington, D.C.

  • Midway students of month honored

    Midway Elementary School principal Tim Thompson, far left in back row, and teacher Ashley Sparks, far right in front row, recently honored the school’s August students of the month.

    They include, by grade order, Josie Nichols, Kaden Wright, Emorie Jones, Zachary Graham, Chesney Cash, Parker Jones, Harry Jackson, Rylan Guettner, Bradley Dishman, John Kevorkian, Sierra Cowell, Anna Fink, Zane Edwards, Shayla Wood, Ty Mason, Brandon Williams, Natrice Childress, Cailynn Shelley, Daelyn Thompson, Dalton Carroll, Gracey Hixon, Elijah Payne and Natalie Booth.

  • Run for Your Health benefits school program

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program’s fourth annual Run for Your Health will be on Nov. 3.

    Run for Your Health is a 5K race/walk, with proceeds from the race used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students enrolled in Roane County Schools. Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success.

    The race/walk beginning and ending at Fort Southwest Point has been sanctioned by USA Track & Field.

  • Church Calendar: Sept. 30-Oct. 7

    SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
    • The adult Bible class of Roane Church of Christ, Kingston, will study “God’s Glory” at 9:30 a.m. The worship service sermon, “The Bible Doctrine of Authority,” will be delivered at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 1204 S. Kentucky St.

    MONDAY, OCT. 1
    • Edgewood Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a two-day youth revival with Evangelist Greg Locke. Services begin at 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 2. The church is at 750 Gallaher Road.

  • St. Andrew’s to bless animals for 3rd year

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman will join other churches across the country and around the world on Oct. 6 in the custom of the Blessing of the Animals.

    This is the third annual celebration for St. Andrew’s and will be open to the public. A line of pets — everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses — will begin forming at 2 p.m. at the church at 180 Circle Drive.

  • Hard-Fighting Soldier: Harriman’s Barksdale receives special honor

    Those who know Carrie Barksdale would never argue that she’s part of Jesus Christ’s army of Christians who live to spread His gospel.

    Now it’s official: the Harriman woman was cited earlier this month with the Hard-Fighting Soldier Award during this month’s 2012 Tennessee State Lectureship banquet in Gatlinburg.

    “The pay may not be much,” she told the audience when she was given the honor, “but the retirement is out of this world.”

  • The Garden Gate: Nothing like nutritious apples on a crisp fall day

    Cosimo De Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, gave a lavish banquet at his castle in 1670.

    At this party, 56 varieties of apples were served in various ways. Today, there are more than 6,500 varieties of apples, thanks to crossbreeding by botanists and horticulturists.

    Ever since the days of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, apples have played their part in legend, science, art and history. They are as important today as they were in ancient Rome.