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Today's News

  • Grace Christian to take part in ‘I Stand Sunday’

    Grace Community Church, Kingston, will stand with churches in Houston on Nov. 2 to protect religious liberty.

    “We will be hosting a viewing of the live simulcast of the ‘I Stand Sunday’ event,” said Ralton Emory of the church.

    “This 90-minute simulcast is open to all, and we invite all who stand for religious liberty to join us that evening.”

    The simulcast will start at 7 p.m. in Grace Christian Church at 438 W. Race St.

  • Kingston’s Keylon honored for tennis court contribution

    Paul Phillips, left, executive director of the Roane State Foundation, and Roane State President Chris Whaley, right present a plaque to longtime tennis coach Stanley E. Keylon of Kingston to honor his donation last fall for resurfacing of the Roane State tennis courts.

    The tennis courts were nearly unplayable, but through Keylon’s generosity, the courts were resurfaced and are now in excellent condition.

    A copy of the plaque will be displayed at the tennis courts.

  • Tenn. Promise deadline Saturday

    Roane County’s high school seniors are reminded that Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

  • Still time to enter Run for Your Health

    The sixth annual Run for Your Health is Nov. 1, but there’s still time to enter to be part of the fun.

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program conducts Run for Your Health, a 5K race/walk with proceeds from the race used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students enrolled in Roane County Schools.

    Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success.

  • NASA providing new scholarships at RSCC

    A $45,000 grant will enable Roane State Community College to provide scholarships to women and underrepresented minorities interested in pursing science, technology, engineering and math programs.

    “The lack of women and underrepresented groups in STEM fields is a national issue,” said Markus Pomper, dean of Roane State’s Mathematics and Sciences Division. “With the grant, we hope to encourage students to consider STEM majors available at Roane State, including computer science, mechatronics and pre-engineering.”

  • ETSU open house slated

    East Tennessee State University will have an open house on Nov. 1 for high school students, transfer students and their families.

    Guests will be able to check in starting at 8:45 a.m. in the second floor Atrium Food Court of the D.P. Culp University Center.

    From 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., visitors can experience displays and conversations with faculty members and representatives from housing, financial aid, admissions and academic departments.

  • Still time to get free flu shots

    Students in the Roane County school system will begin receiving free flu vaccinations and FluMist next week.

    The free immunization is offered to all students in pre-K through eighth grade.

    Parents should have received a packet earlier this month with full details.

    Parents and guardians are reminded to return a questionnaire and insurance information sheet to the school nurse as soon as possible.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘The Market will fluctuate,’ said J.P. Morgan

    As today marks the end of October, our mind turns towards one of the most outstanding events of that month.

    No, we do not refer to our birthday on the sixth, which brought us into pre-octogenarian status; nor do we refer to All Hallows’ Eve, with its supernatural associations; nor to any other single day, or event, but rather we refer to the beginning and progression toward the end of the annual life cycle of our deciduous trees, that give the season its popular name of “fall.”

  • Haslam here for park upgrade, stumping

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the featured guest during a groundbreaking ceremony at Gertrude Porter Park in Kingston on Wednesday. A $250,000 state grant will help the park undergo a major facelift.

    “The program is going to add a ballfield, two soccer fields, a playground, a greenway and also restroom facilities,” Haslam said.

    Haslam said the program that led to the grant was set up by the legislature several years ago.

  • Haslam’s Handee Burger stop

    Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election hasn’t gone unnoticed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    “So far turnout across the state is really, really low,” he said.

    Early voting ended on Thursday. The Secretary of State’s Office says 103,787 fewer people voted during the first 12 days of early voting compared to 2010.

    “You get better government when more people take part in the process,” Haslam said.