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Today's News

  • Roane State has new programs

    Roane State Community College will offer two new programs beginning in fall 2014: An associate of applied science in medical informatics and an associate of applied science in financial services.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the programs at its June meeting.

    The two-year medical informatics program combines information technology and health care. As health care providers increasingly use complex computerized records, they need qualified employees with computer skills and expertise in digital health care record-keeping.

  • Addressing fears helps recovery at RMC

    Special to the News

    Frank Kolski was scared.

    Very scared.

    After his heart attack in May 2013, the mere thought of exercising was frightening to the 66-year-old Kingston man.

    So when Dr. Nicholaos Xenopoulos, the cardiothoracic surgeon who placed two heart stents in his blocked arteries, ordered 36 one-hour sessions of cardiac rehabilitation at Roane Medical Center, Kolski was worried.

  • Collect lightning bugs for science, cash

    Calling all lightning bug collectors: Scientists are calling for help.

    And the price is going up. This year, the price for fireflies has jumped to the all-time high of 50 cents per gram or $14.20 per ounce for a fresh supply of insects. This is approximately $2 per 100 average size bugs. (Approximately, because the insects are purchased by weight, not by count.)

  • OSPD, THP team up to bring down traffic fatalities

    Oliver Springs Police Department recently partnered with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities on Tennessee Roadways.

    THP started its “Drive to Zero” campaign in April. The goal of the campaign is to reduce traffic fatalities by 15 percent in 2014.

    The campaign addresses hazardous moving violations, distracted drivers, seat belt usage and driving under the influence.

  • GI Associates working with Veterans Affairs

    Gastrointestinal Associates is now working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer gastroenterology procedures – including colonoscopy screenings – to East Tennessee veterans.

    This new relationship means that when the Mountain Home VA Medical Center has developed a backlog of endoscopic procedures, Gastrointestinal Associates will provide endoscopic services to ensure that veterans are served in a safe, effective and timely manner.

  • Enrichment growing into Midtown

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union began serving members in Roane County in January 1978.

    In 2012, Enrichment made a new commitment to providing exceptional service to its membership and designed a Service Guarantee.

    The credit union’s goal is to help members save money on their financial services and assist them in using products that will make their lives easier.

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Extraordinary Service Guarantee states:

  • Look Before You Lock — it may save a child’s life

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months.

    In doing so, DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.

    DHS is also encouraging parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” car doors upon exit so that children are not left in the sweltering heat of a locked vehicle.

  • Happy 4th of July

    Kingston celebrated the nation’s 238th birthday in its usual way — loud, boisterously, festively and ending with its annual Smokin’ the Water fireworks extravaganza. It took two days for the town to pack in all its celebrating, including boat races on Watts Bar Lake, a parade, musical performances and contests along the waterfront. See Wednesday’s issue of the Roane County News and online at roanecounty.com for a more in-depth look at the holiday festivities.

  • County gets credit-rating boost

    Standard & Poor’s has slightly upgraded Roane County’s bond rating from AA- to AA.

    “We view the county’s management conditions as strong, with good financial practices,” the ratings service said.

    The bond ratings are sort of a credit rating for governments. An AA rating means the county has a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to the agency.

  • July 8 voter registration deadline

    Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for the Aug. 7 election. Contested races include sheriff, county executive, circuit court clerk and 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said people can register at the election commission office until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The office is on the first floor of the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We’ve had sort of an increase here at the end of people trying to get registered,” Holiway said.