• University of the Cumberlands dean's list: fall 2014

    Kellie Ball of Harriman is among the students named to the University of the Cumberlands dean’s list for fall semester.

    To be eligible, students must have achieved a grade of “A” in convocation while maintaining a minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 3.50.

    University of the Cumberlands is in Williamsburg, Ky.

  • Harriman Boys, Girls State participants honored

    Harriman American Legion Post 53 recently honored Harriman High School seniors who attended Boys and Girls State last year.

    “We have been doing this 75 years,” said Cliff Cole, adjutant.

    Boys State participants were Dallas Swicegood and Jacob Nelson. They spent a week at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.

    Attending Girls State from Harriman High School were Tara Bohman and Carly Brown. They went to Lipscomb University, Nashville.

  • ‘Downton Abbey’ style tea to boost Foundation

    Fans of the popular PBS “Downton Abbey” series can immerse themselves in a bit of Downton Abbey during Roane State Community College Foundation’s Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea.

    The high tea will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in Whitestone Country Inn in Kingston.

    Tickets are $50 for individuals and $75 for couples.

    The event will include entertainment inspired by “Downton Abbey,” a fashion show, a silent auction, traditional tea and plenty of refreshments.

    Proceeds will be used for student scholarships.

  • Roane State extends hours

    Roane State Community College will offer extended business hours to help students get ready for the start of spring classes.

    Extended hours for the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will be:

    • Monday, Jan. 12-Thursday, Jan. 15 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    • Tuesday, Jan. 20-Thursday, Jan. 22 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    On Fridays, the Roane County and Oak Ridge campus will maintain usual business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Midtown’s Panthers place in Lego League Challenge

    The Roane County Board of Education recognized members of the Midtown Elementary School Panthers at its December meeting.

    The Panthers placed second in the core values presentation in the Lego League challenge.

    Lego League is a program designed to help students develop a better understanding and appreciation of science and technology.

  • RSCC student wins at GIS conference

    Roane State Community College student Joe Pyle enjoys working with his hands.

    As a student in the college’s geographic information systems program, his raw material of choice is data, and his craftsmanship has received statewide recognition.

    Pyle’s map predicting cell phone coverage along the Cumberland Trail won in the Best Analysis category at the East Tennessee Geographic Information Council Forum.

    Pyle’s map depicts the Cumberland Trail from Frozen Head State Park to LaFollette.

  • What goes into a snow-day decision?

    It is that time of year when school systems are faced with the possibility of having to close because of inclement weather or illness.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said closing for snow or ice is always a tough decision, and living in East Tennessee where the weather is often unpredictable makes it even more difficult.

    The school system depends a great deal on National Weather Service forecasts when making these calls.

  • Four Roane high schools part of ‘Scholars’ Bowl’

    Students from four Roane County public high schools are among those who will put their knowledge to the test in the 31st season of East Tennessee PBS’ “Scholars’ Bowl” program.

    Teams from Harriman, Oliver Springs, Roane County and Rockwood high schools are among the 50 from 49 East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky schools who competed in the bracket-style trivia competition filmed over the course of several days in the fall of 2014.

    “Scholars’ Bowl” begins airing on Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. each weekday.

  • Midway educators, staff help out inmates’ children

    On hand for Midway Elementary School’s inaugural “Toys 4 Inmates’ Children” toy drive are, from left, Principal Tim Thompson, Midway student resource officer Rick Butler and Sgt. Tina Adkisson of Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Midway school counselor Hylene Pankey, Lt. Rick Baker of Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Brenda Melton, Midway pre-K assistant.

    The toys were collected and donated by Midway’s faculty and staff and were handed over to the sheriff’s office for distribution.

  • 2 TCAT programs new for workforce

    The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved two new workforce programs at Harriman Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

    Diesel-powered equipment technician and welding at the Harriman site are among those approved in the TCAT system statewide during a quarterly meeting earlier this month in Nashville.

    A statewide production technician workforce program was also approved.