Today's News

  • County approves 2-percent raises

    The Roane County Commission approved the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on Monday.
    The budget keeps property tax rates the same and includes a 2 percent raise for county employees.
    “We wish it was more, but we’re glad for the employees,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “The commission also added $10 more per pay period to their 401(k) if they want to match it, which is a long-term benefit for the employees.”
    Woody said there’s also no money being borrowed to fund the budget.

  • A little bathroom humor
  • Looseleaf Laureate: Bond of two brothers is example of civility

    Remember that looming hot spell I warned you about a couple of weeks ago? It fell smack in the middle of my vacation.
    I was near Richmond, Va., when a freak storm knocked the power out to millions of people on the Atlantic seaboard.
    Exterior temperatures rose over 105 degrees during the two days we were without electricity, but we made do.
    My boyfriend, Derek, and I were visiting his brother, Tom, a Zen-like guy who always seems to roll with the punches.

  • State lawmakers honor RSCC president

    Roane State Community College President Gary Goff was honored recently by the Tennessee General Assembly with state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, presenting him with a congratulatory resolution.

    Yager was joined at the presentation in the Senate chambers in Nashville by state Sens. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, and Charlotte Burks, D-Monterey.

  • Kudos to those who reinforce positive behavior

    The Roane County Board of Education recently recognized representatives of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support schools.

    The program teaches students what’s expected of them and rewards them for following the rules and for doing what’s expected.

  • Who’s retiring?

    Roane County Schools administrators, faculty and staff retiring at the end of the 2011-12 school year were honored with a recent reception.

    Those honored included:

    Bowers Elementary — Wendy Flora, Deborah Hayes and Carolyn White.

    Cherokee Middle — Sharon Carney.

    Harriman High — Jill Colgin and James Cordell.

    Kingston Elementary
    — Rosie Sexton and Elaine Vandiver.

  • TVA plant supports Tennessee Scholars

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant has been a supporter of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Teachers Supply Closet for years.

    Plant manager Leslie Nale recently expanded that support by donating $1,000 to the Chamber’s Tennessee Scholars program.

  • Meet Midway Elementary’s Junior Beta Club

    Midway Elementary School principal Keevin Woody, far left in back row, recently presented certificates to the school’s Junior Beta Club members.

    They include Elly Goldschmitt, Paige Bacon, Caitlyn Ross, Ashton Lemons, Paul Coley, Rebecca Lemasters, Cassie Johnson, Olivia Bond, Sam Lowe, Carli Price, Emily Townsend, Emily McFee and Emma Hill.

    Not pictured are Karissa Pilkey and Alex Shirran.

  • Make-a-Book winners applauded

    Roane County Schools’ 2011-12 Make-a-Book winners recently recognized by the Roane County Board of Education and retiring Director of Schools Toni McGriff, far left, are from second left, first-place winner and Midtown Elementary School student Mia Jones, second-place winner and Midway Elementary School student Paige Bacon, and third-place winner and Kingston Elementary School student Olliana Long.

    Not pictured is Bowers Elementary School student Brianna Edmonds, who won first-place in the non-fiction category.