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Today's News

  • Learn to lead at Girl Scout event

    Present and prospective Girl Scout volunteers are welcome to attend Leaderfest, an inaugural inspirational and informative event on Aug. 11 in Alcoa.

    Leaderfest, organized in part by the Roane County Service Unit, will offer workshops on a variety of topics, such as songs; ceremonies; science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs; discipline issues; crafts; and games for all ages.

    A special session will address troop basics, including the changes to the Girl Scout program over the past few years.

  • GUEST OPINION: Quote approval in news is shoddy journalism

    “One gets an image of reporters as
    trained pets, willing to sit up on command in hopes of being tossed a morsel of ‘news’ — morsels that in the end are much like today’s dog food: processed. shaped, and as bland as possible so as to be acceptable as widely as possible.”

  • Aytes in it for right reasons

    Gary Aytes’ ascension to Roane County director of schools is rooted growing up as a student in rural East Tennessee.

    “Neither of my parents were educated, but they were very determined that I be educated,” Aytes said during his interview with the Roane County Board of Education earlier this year.

    Aytes said he went to a two-room school in Morgan County that had a teaching principal and another teacher.

  • AAA Devils finish ninth in state

    The Harriman AAA All-Stars weren’t able to bring home a state championship, but the Blue Devils did pick up a win and finished ninth overall at the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament that was played in Jackson.

  • Rockwood to host 2012 Roane County Jamboree

    The 2012 Roane County Football Jamboree will take place Friday, Aug. 10 at Rockwood High School.

  • Kingston football gets bigger weight room

    Championship football teams are often built in the weight room and first year Kingston head coach Blair Harrison is hoping a move to a bigger weight room at the Kingston field house will pay dividends starting this season.

  • Working to bring jobs to Roane County

     

    Construction of a $40 million 40,000 square foot Volkswagen plant in East Roane County continues on schedule. The facility is expected to employ at least 45 people. The plant will be a distribution center for auto parts for the Passat, which is made at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.
     

  • Kelly heading DOE’s office in Oak Ridge

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science late last week named Larry Kelly the new manager of the Oak Ridge Office.

    Kelly most recently was acting manager in Oak Ridge and has been acting deputy manager and assistant manager for Environment, Safety and Health.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Yum Yum appropriately named for its good food

    Yum Yum Chinese Restaurant at 1039 Roane St. (Hwy. 27) in Harriman has been on my prospect list of “Out to Lunch” places to visit for some time.

    I moved the trip to the tope of the list when I saw in the Roane County News that Yum Yum was selected as the 2012 Readers Choice for Best Chinese Food.

    Knowing that Earl Duff Subaru was just across Roane Street from Yum Yum, I asked Tim Duff as we left Kingston First Baptist Church one Sunday morning when he and his dad, Earl, could meet me at Yum Yum for lunch.

  • Mullins voting history leans Democrat

    Roane County Republican Party Chairwoman Flo Charles kept her comments at a minimum when asked about the voting record of county road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins.
    According to Election Commission records, Mullins has voted in Democratic primaries eight times since 1998, but he’s now running as a Republican. 
    “Mr. Brian Mullins’ word of being a Republican now, I would say some things about that, but I won’t,” Charles said.