• Second fiction writing workshop offered by award-winning Roane State professor

    Award-winning writer and Roane State Community College assistant professor Elizabeth Genovise will offer a second workshop, Fiction Writing 102, to help budding authors further develop their skills.

    Genovise will teach Fiction Writing 102 in November at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. Sessions will be held on Fridays — Nov. 2, Nov. 9, and Nov. 16, from 1-3 p.m. Eastern.

    The cost is $89 for all three sessions. The workshop is open to anyone.

  • Back-to-School Bash set Sunday

    The Bria-Shanell Committee’s back to school bash will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    The event features free school supplies, games and live entertainment.

    “This will be our 15th year at the bash,” said Floyd Lawson.

    This year Lawson said they will once again be giving away the Superwoman Award to a female middle school student at the bash. She will receive a cash award and other prizes.

    “It is a good thing that you do, sir. Thank you very much,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • Alumni group helps Harriman schools, students

    Harriman schools get a helping hand from those who formerly passed through their doors.

    The purpose of the Harriman City Schools Alumni Association is “to advance, promote, and better the general welfare of the schools of the Harriman City School District and to administer the distribution of the three funds set up to assist students with school-related financial issues.”

    The funds include:

    • Miss Lucy Fund in honor of Miss Lucy Pierce Botkin, former teacher and librarian

  • Retired Teachers to meet

    Roane County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in Kingston Community Center for lunch.

    The Rev. Bill Fowler will speak about Roane County and the Civil War.

    Guests must make reservations for lunch by Jan. 30 by calling Wendy Howard at 548-5702.

  • Get FAFSA assistance at Roane State event

    Roane State Community College will have a FAFSA event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

    The event will be on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Financial aid staff will be available to help complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    The FAFSA form is the first step to apply for grants, loans and state lottery scholarships.

    Those who attend are asked to bring their 2016 income-tax return and W-2 forms.

  • Middle college scholarships set

    State Sen. Ken Yager announced last week that Senate Bill 720 has been signed into law. The law creates a Middle College Scholarship Program to offset costs for high school students looking to get a head start on their college degrees.

  • Come SailAway: Kingston academy aims to tailor learning

    While some educational experts continue to ponder the wisdom of “mega schools” one Roane County educator is betting that smaller can still be better.

    For 20 years, SailAway Learning and Academy in Kingston has championed a “micro school” concept that provides an individualized learning experience for its students.

  • Author Mascaro to kick off series

    Knoxville area author Marilyn Mascaro will be the featured speaker at the new Arts and Lectures series at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Mascaro, an educator, writer, traveler and East Tennessee native, will discuss her latest book, “Surviving History: The Life of B.Y. Harris in East Tennessee.”

    It’s described as “creative non-fiction” and is about a relative who fought in the Civil War.

    The event will be in the Oak Ridge City Room (A111) at 3:30 p.m. March 1.

  • 'I Hate Shakespeare!': Roane State Playmakers give modern intro to The Bard

    The play name is misleading, but it is enticing.

    “I Hate Shakespeare!” by Steph DeFerie, debuts today (Friday, April 15) at Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre.

    Performed by the RSCC Playmakers, the play is described as “a funny and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare,” and includes modern-day updates such as cellphone conversations, slang-driven translations and even zombies.

  • Kingston student winner at state level

    Kingston Elementary School fifth-grader Conard Belitz and his parents, John and Emily Belitz, are accompanied by Jack Allen, Tennessee Elks Drug Awareness Program chairman, and Mike Randolph, Oak Ridge Elks Lodge exalted ruler, as Conard is presented with honors from the Elks Drug Awareness Program and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    Conard is the state winner of the Elks Drug Awareness poster contest.

    He received a plaque and $50 Visa gift card for his “Just Don’t Do It” poster entry.