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Today's News

  • Cherokee, OS students win Careers in Energy contest

    Roane County students from Cherokee and Oliver Springs middle schools were the winners of a “Careers in Energy Week” essay contest.

    Cherokee’s Casey Gaines was awarded first place for her essay.

    Winning second place was an essay written by Oliver Springs’ Sarah Davenport.

    Dawson Seiber, also of Oliver Springs, won third place with his essay.

    Students were challenged to write an essay describing how “Energy Workers Make a World of Difference.”

  • Full Metal Jackets ninth in FIRST

    Roane County High School’s Full Metal Jackets robotics team recently had one day of practice and two days of competition in Knoxville Convention Center for the Smoky Mountain Regionals for FIRST Robotics.

    After 11 qualification rounds, the Kingston team — Team 4462 — placed ninth with an 8-3 record.

    The team was chosen for an alliance with teams from Collierville and Jonesboro and advanced to the elimination rounds.

  • Bernard-Greif Scholarship goes to Dara Cates

    Recent Rockwood High School graduate Dara Leigh Cates is the 2014 recipient of the Bernard-Greif Scholarship.

    This is the 41th anniversary of this scholarship being awarded to an outstanding student graduating from Rockwood High School.

    The $1,000 one-year scholarship to Roane State Community College is renewable for a second year if the recipient stays at Roane State to earn an associate’s degree.

    Cates accepted the scholarship from Maurice Greif during Rockwood High School’s awards ceremony last month.

  • King University dean's list: Spring 2014

    Twelve Roane County students are on the dean’s list for spring semester at King University.

    They include:

    Harriman — Sherri Melissa Kinney, Jay Jeanette Phillips, Eva Hester Rather, Rhonda R. Redwine and Rebecca Doreen Waggle.

    Kingston — Mary Christina Carter, Shannon Leann Crawley, Karen Kay Dash and Jonathan E. Roberts.

    Oliver Springs — Amanda Nicole Hill.

    Rockwood — Megan Renee Nichole Deheck and Marguerite Lucille Hines.

  • Middle Tennessee State University graduates: Fall 2013-Spring 2014

    A number of Middle Tennessee State University students from Roane County were awarded their degrees during fall and spring commencement ceremonies.

    Six graduates from Roane County received their degrees during fall commencement. They are:

    Harriman — Tavarres S. Jefferson.

    Kingston — James C. Heaton, Mark A. Patterson, Justin Pressley and Colby A. Roberts.

    Oak Ridge — Leah E. Wehrly.

  • TCAT Honor Society raises money for Roane United Way

    Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman Honor Society members raised $500 during spring term for Roane County United Way.

    Amy Harmon of United Way, seated in center, accepts the donation on behalf of the organization from student representatives.

  • Kingston tries to recover damages from explosion

    Kingston officials are trying to put a cap on the longstanding expansion project at the city wastewater treatment plant.

    They’d like to see it finished without exceeding the $5 million budget they established at the outset.

    Problems set in more than two years ago, when a subcontractor doing some demolition-via-explosives inadvertently damaged an oxidation ditch. The damage extended the length of the project, and raised the specter of cost overruns.

  • Man dies in OS accident

    A fatal car accident on Hwy. 61 in Oliver Springs took the life of a Harriman man Saturday night.

    John E. Manis Jr., 57, was driving a 2000 Subaru Outback westbound on Hwy. 61 when a 1997 Chevrolet S-10, driven by a juvenile, crossed the center line and struck Manis’ car head on, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said.

    The accident happened near the intersection of Cemetery Road.

    Police are not currently releasing the name of the juvenile.

  • Drummond humble, respectful but competitive on the court

    Roane State Raider Roderick (Rod) Drummond was often with the Gallaher family so it was no surprise he was riding with them on Friday night when he and Jadah Gallaher were tragically killed in a train collision.

    “He actually lived with the Gallahers,” said coach Randy Nesbit.

    Nesbit said the group had been lifting weights at the gym and were on their way home when the tragedy happened.

    He said he’s heard from faculty that noted the same maturity and wisdom that Nesbit noted in the young man.

  • Gallaher made everyone smile

    Jadah Gallaher left behind a lot of loved ones who remember her as a charming young woman, a passionate athlete with a warm smile for everyone and one who inspired Christian grace.

    The 18-year-old Roane State Community College Raiderette basketball player, along with Raider basketball player Roderick Patrick Drummond, 22, of Greenville, S.C., were killed and Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass were injured when the car they were traveling in was struck by a train.