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Today's News

  • Heritage tourism expert to speak at session to study future of OR museum

    Lee Curtis, a recognized expert on heritage tourism, will be the guest speaker during a community meeting to gather input on the future of American Museum of Science and Energy operations.

    The city of Oak Ridge and the museum Foundation invited Curtis, director of program development and legislative liaison for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, to be the featured speaker in the fourth community public meeting.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

  • Young-Leslie

    Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Young of Smithville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Alyssa Anne Young, to Daniel Lee Leslie.

    He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Leslie of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, Smithville.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Violet Pack and the late John W. Pack, and James Young and the late Marie Young, all of Smithville.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in New York City!

    The Roane County News took a bite out of the Big Apple when it accompanied Mackenzie Leach on a fall break trip to New York City.

    The pair pause for a photo in Central Park on their big site-seeing tour.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!

  • Kingston’s Dye tops in watermelon-carving contest

    Kingston’s Nanthawan Dye was recently awarded second place in the 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest.

    Dye’s entry, which took honors in the “Most Elegant” category, was among the elegantly etched and creatively carved watermelons from across the globe submitted for the contest, sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

    “We were wowed by the nearly 100 contest submissions this year — the most we’ve ever received,” said Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board director of PR and social media.

  • Fall Happenings 2014

    Festivals
    • The second annual Senior Street Fair, a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority and Mid-East Community Action Agency, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 on West Rockwood Street, Rockwood, in front of Martin Manor Apartments. Music, an Elvis impersonator, a chili and cornbread competition for seniors, vendors, marshmallow roast, cake walks and other activities are planned. A warming center will be inside Martin Manor for those needing to get in from the cold.

  • GUEST OPINION: Students fight censorship of history by schools

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Dozens of Colorado high school students decided recently to demand a complete education about American history — and they had to walk out of class to make their point.

    According to reports in The Denver Post and the Los Angeles Times, students at nine high schools in Denver suburbs have left classes at times “to protest what they see as the school board’s attempt to censor advanced history curriculum.”

  • Farm in family 100 years

     

    That phrase has special meaning to trio of Roane County siblings who are holding on to the family acreage in Poplar Springs Valley between Kingston and Oak Ridge.  

    “We are just proud it is still in the family,” said Karen Hurst. “We are going to try and be good stewards. We want to keep it in the family and want to take good care of it.” 

    It’s where her father, Hoyt Robinette, spent his much of his life. 

  • Another $100,000 in TVA funds

    Questions remain about the approximately $100,000 in interest earned on TVA’s $43 million.

    “As far as I’m concerned right now, that $100,000 is nobody’s,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Mason serves on the Roane County Economic Development Foundation along with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and Rockwood Mayor James Watts. TVA executives Bob Deacy, John Bradley, Justin Maierhofer and Leslie Nale also serve on the foundation.

  • Early voting sluggish this round

    Roane County’s early voting turnout for the Nov. 4 election isn’t following the trend of the August election.

    “It’s been a little slow,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “We’re not having the same number of voters we had.”

    Early voting started on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the early and absentee total for Roane County through Monday was 1,783.

    “I think it’s lack of interest,” Holiway said.

  • THEN THE HEAVENS SHONE