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Today's News

  • ACAC competes in Louisville

     

    By CHIP FISCHER

    Special to the News

    The Atomic City Aquatic Club took wing in its first long course meet of the season in Louisville, K.  

  • Area coaches hoping for hotter weather

     

    The weather in July has been unseasonably cool. Some days have felt more like October than the middle of summer.

    While most people have enjoyed the cooler, less humid weather, area high school football coaches are worried this will actually hurt their teams as they prepare for season opening games, most coming on Friday, Aug. 22.

  • Circuit clerk candidates slug it out

    Circuit court clerk candidate Sarah Stewart didn’t get a chance to respond at a forum in which opponent Marty Miles took a shot at her.

    “Ms. Stewart, I’d be crazy not to say it, she’s probably walked in that office about two or three times in her life,” Miles said during his closing comments at Tuesday’s candidate forum in Oak Ridge.

    Stewart gave her closing before Miles and didn’t have a chance to answer the allegation.

    She did address it afterward, saying she was at the office several times a week.

  • Rocky Houston in Atlanta pen, could be moved

    Rocky Houston is now in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a resident of U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced Houston to nine years last month for his conviction on a firearms charge.

    USP Atlanta is a medium-security federal penitentiary with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp and detention center.

    More than 2,500 inmates were housed there – 2,032 at the penitentiary and detention center and 531 at the camp.

  • No frills? Not at this soccer camp
  • Looseleaf Laureate: Kingston woman quietly shares garden’s bounty

    If you travel on Third Street near the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, chances are you know Pat Ward.

    You just may not know you know her.

    Ward lives in a modest house that might escape your notice; it’s her garden that draws your attention.

    Sunflowers and and corn rise tall.

    Billowing black-eyed Susans nod at squash and beans. Elegant resurrection lilies stand in a group on the side of the house, while, in front, zinnias in primary colors sway gregariously at passing cars.

  • Dental check-up can make you all smiles for school

    While the term “back-to-school” brings to mind busy schedules and the purchase of new backpacks, lunchboxes, clothing and a laundry list of supplies, a dental check-up is an integral part of a child’s overall health and wellbeing.

    Untreated dental disease can interfere with learning, speech and eating, leading to poor nutrition and problems in the classroom.

    One-third of children ages 6-8 have untreated cavities in permanent teeth. Tooth decay, which can result in cavities, pain and infection, has become the most common childhood disease.

  • Hair today, gone tomorrow

    The students at Dyllis Springs Elementary worked hard to help support the Ronald McDonald House in Knoxville.

    All students were asked to bring in aluminum beverage tabs and can tabs to support the recycling program that helps bring funds to the charity. The class that brought the most tabs would get to throw water balloons at the assistant principal.

    All the students supported this wonderful cause and brought in almost 165 pounds of tabs — enough that, if laid end to end, would stretch more than 3 miles.

  • New to Midway Beta Club

    The newest members of the Midway Elementary School Beta Club were recently inducted. They are, in no particular order, Gillian Fuhrmeister, Shealeigh Moses, Cailynn Shelley, Ashton Stephens, Kadie Whitehead, Sophia Patterson and Jonathan Hester.

  • Students honored at Tenn. Tech

    Roane County students Mara Beth Keeling of Kingston and Jacob Kelley of Rockwood are the recipients of recent honors from Tennessee Technological University.

    Keeling was honored for her studies in Spanish.

    She was initiated into Tennessee Tech’s Eta Psi chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, the national foreign language honor society, due to her interest in foreign language studies.

    Twelve students were selected for this honor.