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  • Underground Railroad play set at Roane State

    Roane State Community College is commemorating Black History Month with two free theatrical showings of “Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad” at the O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    The first showing will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the second showing will be at 6 p.m.

    Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

    The production is presented by The WordPlayers, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) theatre company formed in 1995 by Christian theatre artists in Knoxville.

  • Tom Fuller Park work draws near

    By Richard Evans

    Bid packets for the construction of a trailhead and greenway at Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood are expected to be sent out in March.

    Construction could begin this summer.

    The project, which will go roughly two miles from Pumphouse Road to U.S. 27, has been in the works since the grant was awarded in 2016, said City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “It’s taken some time but we’ve had to wait on the state,” she said.

  • Stockton named to state board

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

    “I’ll serve with dignity and honor,” Stockton said. “I think it was an honor to even get offered the position.”

    Stockton said he was appointed by former Gov. Bill Haslam before he left office.

    “I’ve already been sworn in and taken the oath of office,” Stockton said.

  • TEACHING WITH CARE

    By Richard Evans

    Teachers from Midtown and Bowers elementary schools received trauma informed training on Friday.

    “A trauma informed school is a school that focuses on students who are in our building that come from homes with trauma situations, which will affect their learning and will affect their behavior at school,” said Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown Elementary.

    She said trauma could include divorce, a death in the family or it could be some type of abuse taking place in the home.

  • Be mine, Valentine
  • STAY OUT?

    The entrance gate to the Swan Pond Sports Complex was closed this week.

    It could remain that way come spring.

    “It’s shut down during the winter anyway,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “What we’re trying to do is make sure we get all the sampling done, it get cleared so we can do spring soccer. That’s what everybody’s concerned about, but the only thing we can do is wait till the sampling is done to do that.”

  • Census vital to Roane

    A task force organized by the Office of the County Executive will work to ensure Roane County is properly represented in the upcoming 2020 Census.

    The goal of the Census Complete Count Committee is to make sure a full accounting of all residents is conducted by the April 2020 deadline.

    Getting an accurate account can’t be achieved without local involvement and support, according to Kimberly Smith, Partnership Specialist with the Department of Commerce.

    Smith said the 2020 Census will be very important to Roane County.

  • Kingston speeders beware

    Speeders on Paint Rock Ferry Road have become a concern for the Kingston Police Department.

    “For about a month back in January we wrote over 30 tickets down through there,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

    “I think it was sometime around 10 o’clock one night there was a car going 80 miles an hour,” Washam said. “Even though Paint Rock Ferry is a heavily traveled road, we don’t need speeds like that.”

  • Elvis impersonator comes to Oliver Springs Historical Society

    Elvis impersonator Greg Johnson is performing a “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Valentine’s concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Abston Garage Museum, the headquarters of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Fryd Chicken is also appearing.

    Tickets are $20 a person for VIP seating, which is the first two rows and $10 for general admission, advanced ticket sales only.

    Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Tickets are available at both Harvey’s Furniture Store and from any member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • Kingston says no to beer

    Kingston City Council on Tuesday declined to move forward with an ordinance that would allow sale of beer at city events.

    The issue was raised at a recent council workshop where it was suggested that the new amphitheater at Southwest Point might be a suitable venue for beer sales.

    A motion by Councilwoman Stephanie Wright that would have authorized the city manager and city attorney to draft amendments to ordinances and policies relating to the sale of beer at certain city events did not get a second.