Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Harriman property owners asked to clean it up

    Overgrown yards, dilapidated and burned homes are all reasons various properties are part of a list of attention-needing properties in Harriman.

    Three of those on the list — a School Street home, one at 318 Byrd Drive and another at 113 Redwood Drive —  are all planned to be demolished.

    It cannot come soon enough for neighbor Juanita Lewis, who lives next to the School Street home, which has slowly decayed. A fire caused further damage a few years ago.

  • DOE moves to terminate WSI contract

    The U.S. Department of Energy has formally requested that WSI Oak Ridge’s protective force contract at Y-12 be terminated.

    “This decision comes after the top leadership of WSI at Y-12 were removed and are no longer welcome at DOE sites, and the officers associated with the incident were fired, demoted or suspended without pay,” the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a prepared statement. “Additionally, three federal officials with security oversight responsibilities were reassigned.”