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Today's News

  • Kingston fall ’13 decoration winners

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department recently announced winners of its 2013 fall/Halloween decorating contest.

  • Take time Saturday to look at the stars

    The public is welcome to attend an evening of astronomy lectures and lunar viewing at Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory on Nov. 16.

    The gate will open at 7:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include a general astronomy presentation at 8 p.m., followed by lectures on what can be seen on the moon.

    “We’ll also hear about solar ‘killer’ events, getting ready for a full discussion on Jan. 18,” said David Fields, Tamke-Allan director.

  • Meet The Bridge Hall-of-Famers

    The Bridge at Rockwood recently honored residents, staff and community members inducted into the facility’s ninth annual Hall of Fame earlier this month.

    Inductees include:

    • Vera “Billie” Meadows for her personal achievements and entrepreneurship.

    • Wayne Earl Swicegood for distinguished military service and volunteerism.

    • Staff member Kaye Howard for volunteerism.

    • Community member Gail Lyke for public service and volunteerism.

  • Energy grants offered

    Tennessee is planning a third offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other similar entities across the state.

    The state plans to make $1.9 million available for the grants.

    “Increasing Tennessee’s energy efficiency will help us be even better stewards of both taxpayer dollars and our environment,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

  • CONTACT to mark 40 years of listening

    For 40 years, volunteers with CONTACT Care Line have provided a listening ear to East Tennesseans in crisis, and the Oak Ridge-based nonprofit is welcoming the public to an evening of Bluegrass music to celebrate its milestone anniversary.

  • Roane State, Tech expand teaching focus

    Tennessee Technological University and Roane State Community College have expanded their 2+2 programs for teacher certification to include an option for those who want to teach in PreK-3 programs.

    In Tennessee Tech’s College of Education’s 2+2 program, students complete an associate’s degree in two years at Roane State.

    A second two years of study lead to a bachelor’s degree, with students attending classes taught by Tennessee Tech professors at Roane State.

  • 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.