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Today's News

  • Looseleaf Laureate: What’s that flying high up in the sky?

    A few years before I firmly planted myself in East Tennessee, I made a three-day trek, most of it along Interstate 40, to live in Arizona.
    It was a grueling trip, not only because of the mileage and move involved, but because of the mix of emotions tied to any cross-country departure.
    Except for the excitement of seeing antelope for the first time and listening to the most boring audio book that must have ever been recorded, I remember few details about that late-winter journey.

  • Tennessee Tech dean's list: Fall 2012

    A number of Tennessee Technological University students from Roane County were named to the dean’s list for fall semester.

    They are:

  • Monroe selected to attend Governor’s School for dance

    Amber Monroe of Rockwood has been selected to attend the Dance Division of the 2013 Tennessee Governor’s School.

    Monroe was chosen from a pool of more than 800 applicants. She has also been awarded a talent scholarship for the Governor’s School.

    Her audition process at Middle Tennessee State University involved a group dance audition and an interview with a panel of judges.

    In order to be chosen for the program, applicants must have outstanding academic performance and a high grade-point average.

  • Church Calendar: March 8-22

    FRIDAY, MARCH 8
    Rockwood First Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Association will have a two-day winter clearance rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the basement of the church at 429 W. Rockwood St. Proceeds will benefit church programs.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

  • Summer school set for teachers

    Higher education and K-12 professionals will converge on Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College campus in June for the Peabody Professional Institutes.

    Five week-long institutes from June 10-28  include:

    Achievement Gap Institute, focusing on understanding and developing tools for closing the achievement gap;

    Beginning Teachers in Independent Schools, offering professional development for new or early career teachers;

  • The Garden Gate: There's an art to church floral arrangements

    Right now, many churches are being adorned with lilies for the coming observance of Easter.

    Arranging flowers for a church is a specialized art. Many things have to be taken into consideration.

    Arrangements must be viewed from a distance or, in some instances, hold their own in front of an intricate carved altar or a background of stained glass.

    The arrangement must not be lost in a large space dominated by shadowy arches and distances.

  • Field Trips: February 2013

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

    Feb. 4-8 — Oliver Springs Middle sixth grade attended Tremont in Townsend.

    Feb. 14-15 — Two Roane County High wrestling students competed at state tournament in Murfreesboro.

    Feb. 22-23 — Five Roane County High and five Rockwood High Science Bowl Team members competed in Science Bowl at Pellissippi State Community College in Maryville.

  • Unitarian Universalists on the move

    After almost six decades at Robertsville Road and Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church has purchased 4.6 acres for a new building.

    The 260-member congregation closed on the property at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike in late February. Plans are for the new building to be completed by Thanksgiving 2014.

    “Of course, relocating the church building has been an enormous undertaking, and an emotional one, for this community,” said the Rev. Jake Morrill, church minister since 2003.

  • New app for Tech students

    Members of the Tennessee Technological University community have a new way to keep up with the university on the go with a mobile app full of news, maps, videos and information about athletics and events at the Cookeville university.

    In addition, students have access to information about their courses, including assignments, grades and announcements.

    “Students are so busy and have so many demands on their time that we wanted to give them easier access to information,” said Rick Cumby, administrative software support group director.

  • THP to conduct March sobriety check in Roane

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint from 11 p.m. to midnight March 15 on Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.