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Today's News

  • Poetry Out Loud seeks students

    The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University.

    Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

    During January and February, schools are welcome to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, advancing to a state competition on March 15.

  • More than 140 run for students’ health

    More than 140 runners and walkers showed up at Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point for Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program’s fourth annual fundraising 5K race/walk earlier this month.

    Proceeds from the race are used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students in Roane County Schools.

    “Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator and race director.

  • Rockwood community Thanksgiving service set

    Rockwood Ministerial Association’s annual Rockwood community Thanksgiving celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in Rockwood First Baptist Church at 309 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    A combined community choir from several churches, under the direction of Ben McNees, will provide music.

    Rockwood First Baptist Church Pastor Jim McCluskey will be the speaker.

  • Anglican bishop to visit St. Anthony’s on Nov. 19

    For the first time in its history, St. Anthony’s Anglican Church is preparing to welcome a presiding Anglican bishop for a visit.

    The Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, presiding bishop of the Anglican Province of America and bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern U.S., will attend a special Holy Eucharist service at 5 p.m. CST Nov. 19 at the church at 9828 Hwy. 70 East, Crab Orchard.

    The church serves Anglican parishioners in Roane, Cumberland, Rhea, Putnam and Morgan counties.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why hasn’t sheriff answered jail questions?

    Gentle Reader, as you will recall, in last month’s column for Friday, the 25th, we raised the issue of the supposed over-population problem in the new jail.

    In that column we posed certain questions, the answers to which we think it is critical that everyone, (especially the people who are going to have to foot the bill for any “corrective measures” that might be proposed, i.e. the Roane County taxpayers,) should have answered.

    These are the general questions we posed:

  • Ross offers strength from arthritis

    Many people know Rick Ross as Kingston’s busy parks and recreation director.

    They’ve seen him at soccer fields, at Fourth of July events or around the community pool.

    But there’s something many may not know about him.

    Ross has a condition so severe that a doctor once offered to authorize a handicapped designation to make it easier for him to get around.

    Ross suffers from psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune condition.

  • Butler disciplinary hearing put off

    Next week’s Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility disciplinary hearing for Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been postponed.

    Rita Webb, the executive secretary for the board, said a conference call will be held on Monday to set a new hearing date.

    The board, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, has accused Butler of violating rules of professional conduct.

  • Roane State splits with Spartanburg Methodist

     

    To say the smack down was laid on the Spartanburg Methodist Lady Pioneers by the Roane State Raiderettes in the 101-41 drubbing on Tuesday night was an understatement. 

    The Raiderettes actually trailed 8-4 at one point, but managed to outscore the Lady Pioneers 48-23 through the rest of the first half. 

  • Harriman stumbles in season opener

     

    The 2013-14 basketball season got off to a rough start Tuesday evening for the Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils as Monterey invaded Richard Pickell Gymnasium and took home a pair of wins in TSSAA Hall of Fame games.

    Harriman’s girls took the floor first and dropped a 39-35 decision.

  • Bobcats flagged by TSSAA

     

    An altercation on the field as well as off marred Oliver Springs’ season ending loss against Monterey.

    Ramifications from those altercations became a little worse Tuesday as the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) handed down penalties to both schools involved.