• More than $4,000 in awards offered in writing contest

    Cash prizes and awards of more than $4,000 will be presented to winning student writers during the annual Roane Writers Group contest.

    “The 2014-15 Roane County student writing contest has produced nearly 400 entries,” said Roane Writers Group President B.J. Gillum.

    “Volunteers are judging the entries, and selection of award winners will soon be completed,” he added.”

    The awards ceremony will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 28 in the O’Brien Theater on the main campus of Roane State Community College, Roane County.

  • 100 days smarter at Bowers Elementary

    Laura Carter’s first-graders at Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, don their specially made crowns to celebrate the 100th Day of School.

    The students, clockwise from bottom right, Hailey Holbrook (partially hidden), McKenzie Smith, Tony Ibarra, Jonathan Gregory, Owen Turner, Cameron Anderson and Emma Bailey are among the classmates who created 100th Day home projects that were displayed in the hallway.

    Each student also made a 100th Day snack, and language arts and math activities were planned around the number 100.

  • Go out for chili, help robotics team

    Roane Countians can give Roane County High School’s Full Metal Jackets Robotics team a boost on March 27 by taking out the family to dinner.

    The fundraising silent auction and chili/soup supper for the club will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the family life center of Kingston Church of Christ.

    Tickets are $5 at the door. The cost includes soup or chili, dessert and drink.

    Proceeds from the dinner will go toward the team’s expenses to participate in the Smoky Mountain Regional FIRST Robotics competition on April 4.

  • Positive Peer Pressure: Oliver Springs Middle School P3 Club

    A group at Oliver Springs Middle School is working hard to build confidence in their fellow students.

    The Positive Peer Pressure Club — P3 Club for short — is an extension of the Roane County Antidrug Coalition.

    Its goal is “to eradicate bullying and to make positivity contagious,” said Jennifer Huckaby, the school counselor who serves as the club’s adviser.

    Huckaby works closely with Kris Hontz of the Antidrug Coalition and the students on projects to brighten the days of others.

  • Apply by March 6 for VEC scholarship

    Roane County students whose parents are served by Volunteer Energy Cooperative are eligible for the Lillard-Shadow Scholarship.

    March 6 is the application deadline.

    Applications are available on the VEC website at www.vec.org, at an Volunteer Energy office or by calling 423-334-7051.

    The scholarship provides funding of up to $2,000 — $500 per semester.

  • Rockwood students represent Roane State at Tenn. forum

    Three Roane State Community College students from Rockwood were among the college’s nine participants in the fall Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature at the State Capitol in Nashville.

    “This is the biggest Roane State delegation in several years,” said John Brown, assistant professor of political science.

    The TISL is a forum for student leaders to exchange ideas, express opinions and learn how government works.

  • MTSU plans tours for transfer students

    Prospective transfer students wanting to check out all that Middle Tennessee State University has to offer are being offered special tours three times in the coming months.

    The Office of Admissions-led tours will be offered on the Murfreesboro campus starting at 9:30 a.m. CST March 13 and April 10.

    Tours will begin in the Student Services and Admissions Center on the east side of campus.

    To find visitor parking adjacent to the center and all campus buildings, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15 for a printable map.

  • Energy education camps available to area teachers

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Office of Energy Programs has online applications available for the 2015 K-12 Energy Education Camps.

    The four-day educational sessions will provide K-12 educators with information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom.

    “Energy conservation efforts reduce costs and emissions, enhancing the quality of life for Tennesseans,” said Molly Cripps, TDEC’s director of energy programs.

  • Softball team angels for Renaissance Terrace

    Roane State Community College softball team members, with some of the gifts they donated to residents of Renaissance Terrace, include are Kelly Cooper, Courtney Winston, Keeley Winston, Eboni Dowlen, Maleah Hipsher, Sarah Freels, D.J. Cherry, Samantha Bowling, Kacy Russell, Tiffany Cathey, Kayla Cline, Najmeh Brown, Jena Roberts, Ashton Bowles and Amber Mainord.

    Not pictured are head coach Sue Niemi and assistant coach Jessie Hackworth.

    Team members adopted the residents from the college’s community services committee’s annual angel tree.

  • OSMS participating in Science Bowl

    Oliver Springs Middle School is among the 12 schools participating this weekend in the fifth annual U.S. Department of Energy’s East Tennessee Middle School Science Bowl.

    The event will start at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 on Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.

    Sixteen teams will participate in a fast-paced academic competition offering students the opportunity to match their wits in math and science.