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Today's News

  • Rendezvous in Paint Rock

    More than 2,000 Boy Scouts swarmed across acres of farmland in Paint Rock last weekend.
    “This is a Great Smoky Mountain Council Rendezvous,” said Paul Sharp, a diector with the Great Smoky Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America.
    “We haven’t done this event in six years,” he said.
    The event was held across several farms and troops from 21 counties in East Tennessee participated.
    In the chill, pink-faced boys, their breath lingering in the chilled air, roamed from their campsites to activity after activity.

  • Former candidate scraps with deputy

    It took pepper spray, tasering and a sheriff’s deputy’s tackle to subdue a former candidate for Roane County’s top political office after he was stopped for allegedly speeding.
    Miles Ledbetter Jr., who finished third in the 2010 campaign for county executive, was arrested on Sunday on charges of assault and resisting arrest. Ledbetter, 33, was also cited for speeding.

  • The GOP gaining ground?

    Republicans didn’t always have the upper hand in Tennessee.
    “Back in the old days, when I first got involved in politics, you had to beg someone to run as a Republican,” House Speaker Beth Harwell, R- Nashville, said. “Now that’s not the case.”
    Now Tennessee features a Republican majority in the state House and Senate along with a Republican governor.
    As Election Day approaches, the party appears poised to increase its dominance over state politics.

  • Reception for Chris Whaley at Roane State

    The public is invited to meet new Roane State Community College President Chris Whaley during a reception on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the college’s Roane County campus.
    The reception will be from 3:30-5 p.m. in the student lounge, which is located in the Dunbar Building.
    Whaley is Roane State’s fifth president. He succeeds Gary Goff, who retired after seven years as the college’s leader.

  • Roane Schools will improve on scorecard

    The Tennessee Department of Education plans to release the annual report card on schools Thursday.
    Roane County Schools will show progress, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes, who said he’s already reviewed the report. 
    “We have made improvements,” Aytes said.
    He didn’t go into details at last week’s Board of Education meeting. He said the report card is embargoed until the state releases it.

  • Autism effort involves man on wheels

    Brian Patrick is going long distance to raise awareness of autism and also to raise money for autismspeaks.org.
    The 42-year-old in-line skater made a pit stop Friday in Roane County while on a cross-country crusade from Long Island, N.Y., to Laguna Beach, Calif.
    Patrick, who has two teenagers with varying degrees of autism, began his journey on Sept. 20 at Montauk Point, Long Island, in his native New York City.
    He hopes to reach the West Coast by Christmas.

  • Harriman police appreciate Roane State

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, center left, presents Roane State Community College President Gary Goff, center right, a plaque of appreciation for the use of Roane State facilities for the Harriman Police Department’s annual K-9 seminar.

    Also on hand for the presentation are, from left, Harriman Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey, Roane State Interim Police Chief Mike McCullough and Roane State support staff member Diane Cox.

  • Dunn Foundation honors Sexton

    The Michael Dunn Foundation board of directors recently honored C.G. Sexton for his leadership and service to the Foundation for more than 30 years.  

    The board presented a star to Sexton at one of the residences owned by the Foundation and named after Sexton.

    The C.G. Sexton Home is used by Michael Dunn Center to provide support and a home to people with disabilities.

    During his term, Sexton led an effort to raise funds through an annual reverse raffle.

    He also was respon-sible for leading the

  • Christmas Ideas Fair starts Thursday

    Today is Halloween, but members of the Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs are thinking about Christmas — the Christmas Ideas Fair, that is.

    This year’s two-day extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in Kingston Community Center.

    Breakfast and lunch will be available each day, and dinner will be available on Thursday.

    New to this year’s Ideas Fair are Gifts in a Jar and a Christmas General Store.

  • Walk, 5K to aid schools

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program’s fourth annual 5K race/walk will be on Nov. 3 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Medals will be awarded in all age groups, with male and female categories in each division. Entry fee is $25 for adults; student entry fee is $10. The walking division will begin at 8:30 a.m., with runners to start at 9; registration tables will open at 7:30. Registration forms are available at roaneschools.com or from Patti Wells at 882-3700, Ext. 1910, or pawells@roaneschools.com.