Today's News

  • Programs for homeschoolers now under way

    The American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, is now registering homeschooled students in grades K-6 for its 2013 Homeschool Friday Programs.

    The programs are offered through May 24.

    Topics for the interactive programs are the same for each of the specific groups. Class time and fees vary, however.

    K-2 classes meet for an hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $7 for the general public and $5 for museum members.

  • RCHS’s Mutter DAR Good Citizen

    Rachel Mutter, center, of Roane County High School is presented with the DAR Good Citizens Award from Avery Trace DAR Good Citizens Chairwoman Rosemary Alexander, left, and Jane McPherson, Cherokee District DAR vice chairwoman of the Good Citizens Award.

    Mutter received a $50 check, a certificate, the DAR Good Citizens pin and a wallet card.

    Other DAR Good Citizens Award winners are Laci Sells of Harriman High School, Taylor Hargis of Rockwood High School and Elizabeth Poczobut of Midway High School

  • Fifth-graders eligible for poster contest

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is calling all fifth-graders from across the state to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice 2013 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest.

    Students can enter at the state level for a chance to be selected as the national winner and awarded a free trip to Washington D.C.

    Fifth graders in Tennessee can enter the poster contest by submitting them to TBI, who will then pick a state winner to enter into the national contest.

  • Bowers Elementary perfect attendance: First semester, 2012-13

    Anna Hampton

    Mason Roberts

    Cameron Stricklan

    Second Grade
    David Conner

    Dakota Cross

    Riley Hampton

    Javier Ibarra

    Talan Moore

    Haley Pelfrey

    Third Grade
    Dominic Chesser

    Logan Chesser

    Javen Crass

    Landon Parrish

    Abigail Roberts

    Piper Suddeth

  • Fisher new Habitat president, Kingston home ‘under roof’

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently installed several new leaders and added two new board members.

    These latest additions are part of Habitat’s effort to continue to strengthen its board of directors and build more homes for families in need in the county.

    Todd Fisher, who has been interim president for the last several months, was officially installed as president.

    Fisher has extensive managerial experience in forming and leading high-performance teams in corporate, nonprofit and start-up organizations.

  • Fruits, nuts to be part of workshop focus this year

    “Edible Landscaping: From Fruit to Nuts” is the topic of the Master Gardeners of Roane County’s eighth winter workshop.

    The daylong workshop will be on Feb. 2.

    The Master Gardeners have teamed up with David Lockwood, Tennessee Extension Specialist for fruit and nuts; Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer; and Bradbury United Methodist Church to provide classroom training on a variety of fruit and nut crops and active, hands-on experience in an orchard.

  • Classes help with chronic disease management

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department and  Roane County Health Department are partnering to offer a chronic disease self-management program beginning Feb. 27.

    Classes will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through April 3 in the health department at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    The workshop is for anyone who is dealing with a chronic health concern, including but not limited to heart disease, cancer, depression, asthma, COPD, chronic pain, or diabetes.

  • GUEST OPINION: Religion vs. government battles ahead

    First Amendment Center
    Let’s start the New Year with a conundrum as old as the Republic: When religious convictions clash with secular laws, how far should government go to accommodate religious claims of conscience?

    From Colonial conflicts over the refusal of Quakers to take up arms to the more recent refusal of Jehovah’s Witnesses to salute the flag, American history is replete with robust arguments over the limits of “free exercise of religion” as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: More on Second Amendment background

    From reports we have heard, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is soon going to appear before one or more congressional committees to testify about the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other U.S. employees were killed, or murdered.

  • Harriman sidewalk signs must go

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis thinks Harriman should make some changes to its codes enforcement.

    Ellis, whose family owns a small business called Ellis Surplus and Salvage, recently was miffed to find out he has been violating city codes by having a small sign on the downtown sidewalk.

    Other businesses, such as the bakery, also have had such signs, but officials said they also have been notified they must go.