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Today's News

  • Drennan charge dropped

    The felony reckless endangerment charge against Amelia E. Drennan, a Roane County Schools teacher, was dismissed on Aug. 2.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Drennan is back with the school system.
    “She is a special ed teacher at Midtown Educational Center,” he said.
    Drennan was at Oliver Springs High last school year. Aytes said it was a “mutual decision” for her to transfer to Midtown for the 2013-14 school year.

  • Good reports for Kingston

    Vaughn and Melton engineers brought good news at a recent Kingston City Council meeeting.
    They reported on a nearly finished greenway and a sewer project set to launch into its second phase at the August council sessions.
    According to reports, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has performed its walk-through inspection of the Ladd Landing Greenway, necessary for the final sign-off on the project.
    In the meantime, Mayor Troy Beets, City Manager David Bolling and Tim Clark of the public works department have also done a final inspection of their own,.

  • Housecat? Uh, no
  • Communication breakdown at news offices

    Roane County News recently underwent a full upgrade to its phone system.
    This week is the first full week under the expanded system. While the new system offers increased flexibility and reliability, it has had its bugs.
    We ask our customers to be patient as we work with our vendor to straighten out these problems.

  • Cleanup employees sue

    A federal lawsuit related to TVA ash spill cleanup was filed against Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
    According to the lawsuit, one of the company’s duties was to provide safety for workers at the Kingston Fossil Plant site.

  • Backpack program needs help

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is struggling to feed all children going hungry in the region, including Roane County.

    Food for Kids, a collaborative effort between Second Harvest Food Bank and East Tennessee schools, is aimed at feeding area children through the weekend, when they do not receive free breakfast or lunch served by the school system.

  • Astronomy group to get a virtual tour of Chicago planetarium

    Oak Ridge’s ORION astronomy club will be given a virtual tour of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium at its next meeting.

    The group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.

  • Grace Church’s 5K raising money for SIDS research

    October is Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Kingston’s Grace Community Church is hosting “The Chase,” a 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk to raise money for infant loss awareness.

    The Oct. 19 race at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston, is  in loving memory of Chase Austin Ruffner. Chase, infant son of church members Isaiah and Brittany Ruffner, lost his life to sudden infant death syndrome.

  • Harriman’s Music and Melons tradition continues this weekend

    This year’s version of Harriman’s Music and Melons summertime tradition will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Harriman Lions Club will provide free watermelons to be served to the audience and Babahatchie Community Band musicians, which will provide the musical part of the program.

    “We have a Latin theme with the music this concert,” said Babahatchie member Alison West-
    rich.

  • LMU honors three Harriman students

    Lincoln Memorial University recently recognized the achievements of three students from Harriman during its 2013 Awards Night presentations.

    Heather Bond is the recipient of the Delta Theta Sigma Annual Scholarship.

    James Bowling  received the LMU Association Endowed Scholarship.

    And Kayla Wadlington  was honored with the Guy L. Taylor Scholarship Fund.

    They were among more than 100 students who received 330 awards worth nearly $440,000.

    Lincoln Memorial University is in Harrogate.