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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Curmudgeonly comments on current events

    This week’s contribution is an admixture of miscellaneous comments, mainly on recent events.

    First there is the contretemps in which Gov. Chris Christie finds himself, and his reaction to it.

  • Hatcher finds second family while serving up country fixin’s

    Ethel Hatcher started working at Cracker Barrel to help her daughter through school.

    She has stayed on more than three decades after she found a second family among the many employees she’s met along the way.

    Hatcher is 80 years old and has been working as a hostess at the country-cooking mainstay in Harriman since 1982.

    The mother of two sons — and then two daughters 14 years later — Hatcher currently works one or two days a week.

  • Hearing postponed for Grill & Pub hopeful

    Roma Christopher didn’t appear before the Roane County Beer Board on Tuesday as scheduled.

    County Attorney Tom McFarland said Christopher’s lawyer contacted him and asked that her beer permit hearing be postponed.

    “We agreed to put it off until the next meeting,” McFarland said. “I want to make sure that everyone understands that when the time comes, there’s no question that they were able to put on their case the way they put it on.”

  • Tax-Aide to offer free tax help in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 4-April 8 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Salvation Bell heading to Roane for courthouse rally

    Since his election as executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2010, Randy C. Davis has crisscrossed the state hundreds of times.

    And 2014 will be no different — except he will be traveling to all 95 Tennessee counties during the next 12 months to lead prayer rallies in or on the steps of each courthouse.

    One of the first of these rallies will be at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • New cross-generational ministry kicks off at Bethel Presbyterian

    Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, welcomes Will Purushotham as the new full-time director of Christian Formation.

    “As the congregation sought to provide Christian education opportunities for all ages, we realized that becoming persons of faith is not just about education in separated age groups but about formation in cross-generational ministry experiences,” said Bethel Pastor Wendy Neff.

  • Harriman VFW cites winners of school contests

    Harriman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598 recently completed its three programs in connection with area schools.

    Entry forms for Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy and The Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teachers Award.

    Patriots Pen is a patriotic essay-writing contest for students in grades 6-8.

    This year’s winners are Elijah P. Charles of Oliver Springs Middle School, first place; Rebecca F. Michaud of Midway Middle School, second place; and Christina Frunza of Rockwood Middle School, third place.

  • RSCC applauds scholars on dean’s, president’s lists

    Roane State Community College recently honored Roane County students who earned placement on its president’s and dean’s lists for spring semester.

    Students must attain a 4.0 grade-point average while attempting 12 or more semester hours of college-level courses to be named to the president’s list.

    Roane County students achieving placement on the president’s list include:

  • Ridge View fifth grade dominates in math challenge

    Ridge View Elementary School fifth-graders in Cathy Kimball’s math class are excelling in their subject as they participate in Mr. Nussbaum’s Great American Multiplication Challenge.

    Class members have completed in excess of 216,468 multiplication facts as part of the challenge.

    The students can complete their multiplication facts at home, or in the classroom before school.

    Students going to school early to work on their Math Challenge Facts is commonplace in Kimball’s class.

  • Cherokee Middle’s Nutcracker alumni

    Cherokee Middle School students and staff who performed in Arts in Motion’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” over the holiday season include, in no particular order, Aubrey Anderson, Halle Strahan, Caleb Wright, Katherine Burton, Jenna Stewart. Erika Rogers, Mandy King, Kayla Anderson, Lexi Bishop, Principal Elizabeth Rose and Michele MacKeown.

    Not pictured is Katherine Frye.