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Today's News

  • Money for STEM opportunities in schools

    Isotek Science Committee of Oak Ridge recently awarded Roane County Schools $1,250 in grant funds to support STEM activities in all elementary and middle schools.

  • Roane State cites county’s honor students

    A number of area students earned placement on Roane State’s president’s list and dean’s list for fall semester.

    To be eligible for the president’s list, a student must attain a 4.0 grade-point average while attempting 12 or more semester hours of college-level courses.

    Those earning president’s list honors are:

  • Many from Roane on Tenn. Tech dean’s list

    A number of Tennessee Technological University students from Roane County earned placement on the dean’s list for fall semester.

    They include:

  • ‘Philadelphia Eleven’ priest to speak during Episcopal symposium

    The Episcopal Churchwomen of the Diocese of East Tennessee will present a symposium on the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church.

    “Telling the Stories” will be on Feb. 21 in Knoxville’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 800 Northshore Drive.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. The program starts with coffee and pastries at 9:30.

  • Rockwood program gets slap

    State officials found Rockwood Revitalization did not complete its downtown visitors center within the time frame required for a state grant, but its president signed documents stating the group had.

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office release a report about that and the organization’s finances.

    The Roane County News previously reported Rockwood Revitalization was under the state comptroller’s radar after being contacted by a concerned citizen about the lagging completion of the visitors’ center and public restrooms.

  • Stealing from Mom?

    Holly M. Wilkins, a 31-year-old Kingston woman, was accused of stealing from her mother on Wednesday.

    Police were alerted about the alleged crime by an observant bank teller.

    Wilkins drove her mother, Rema Metcalf, to the First Tennessee Bank on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Metcalf, according to the report, wanted to make a deposit at the drive-through window.

  • Could budget issues impact school’s start in fall?

    If the Roane County Board of Education sticks with its convictions, there’s no telling when the 2015-16 school year might start.

    “This year, I don’t think we need to start school until we have a budget set,” Sam Cox said at Wednesday’s budget work session.

    The current school year started on Aug. 6, but the Roane County Commission didn’t approve the county’s budget until Sept. 8. The budget didn’t include $1.017 million of additional revenue that the board had requested.

  • Roane County robotics team breaking gender barriers

    Roane County High School’s robotics team is kicking into high gear, busier than ever before in its third year of competiton.

    This year, the team is building two robots instead of one.

    “The game is very competitive this year and very hectic, so we aren’t sure which will work best,” said team captain Cothran Theiss, a junior. “We are going to see which one performs better once we have it built.”

    It’s a totally different game this season, according to Theiss.

    Each competition has been different.

  • Students treated to magic show
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Educational mismanagement — top to bottom

    Well, Gentle Reader, this week let us discuss education and the sad fact that sometimes the very folks we have placed in charge of the education of our young are themselves sadly lacking in the basic skills of clear thinking, sound reasoning, and basic factual knowledge.

    This unhappy happenstance occurs at all levels, sad to say, running from the ivied halls of academe to the basic neighborhood institutions of kindergarten upwards.