Community News

  • Baby, it’s COLD outside!

    As Roane County rebounded from its frigid 2-degree low on Tuesday, L.K. “Butch” Barding took a moment at Kingston City Park to snap a photo of an overflowing water fountain that remained frozen.

    The National Weather Service in Morristown said the low broke the record for Jan. 7, but not the overall record in Roane County.

    That record is 24 below zero, recorded in 1985.

  • Return FSA county committee ballots by Jan. 17

    USDA Farm Service Agency county committee elections are now underway.

    Elections began on Dec. 20 with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters.

    The deadline to return the ballots to FSA offices is Jan. 17.

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Call 376-2392, Ext. 2, for details.

    Producers have been instructed to destroy the FSA county committee election ballots (FSA-669s) mailed on Nov.


  • The Garden Gate: You should give a fig about these fruits and spices

    No one in the Middle Ages could have imagined the freezers and refrigerators we take for granted.

    But they created wonderful pastries in their kitchens and stillrooms. But when one thinks about it, a whole world of exotic happenings opens up.

    Dates and figs were carried by caravan across the deserts and brought to Europe in sailing ships. They were in great demand, even though they were expensive.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 1

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County’s first baby of 1989 made his appearance at 8:55 a.m. Jan. 3. Ian Joseph Hiestand weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was born in Baptist Hospital of Roane County (formerly Chamberlain Memorial Hospital), Rockwood. Parents Robert and Lisa Hiestand both worked at Chase Instruments. Grandparents of the New Year baby were Robert and Jane Lawson of Rockwood, and Tom and Marjorie Hiestand of Kingston.

  • Preservation group shows interest in Harriman area

    The interest was quite strong during a recent visit from the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance Group as its members toured downtown Harriman and the Cornstalk Heights area of the city.

    The group, made up of preservationists, real estate developers and Knoxville city officials, walked Roane Street admiring the architecture of the historic buildings.

    Of particularly interested was the Annex Building (corner property at Queen Street) and the Tennessee Hardware building next to the Annex building.

  • Kingston’s top Christmas decorators honored

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Department recently presented awards for top Christmas decorations in the city.

    Winning the residential award was the Henderson home on Calvin Street.

    Sassy Kutz is the recipient of the commercial award.

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas season steeped in longtime tradition

    Christmas is so much a time of traditions, customs, historic associations and reminiscing that it’s interesting to know how some of them began.

    The second bishop of Rome, Telesphorus, declared in the second century A.D. that public church services should be held to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord.

    And in 320 A.D., Pope Julius I, agreeing with other religious leaders, specified that Dec. 25 should be recognized as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Singing Christmas carols was a new idea in the church services of the 13th century.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 25

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s Walnut Hill Elementary placed fifth of 17 entrants in the elementary curriculum and instruction category of the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium competition. Honors were accepted by Walnut Hill Principal Larry Sills and first-grade teacher Linda Roberts; Harriman City Schools Superintendent Gene Thurman, Harriman City Schools Supervisor of Instruction Bill Powers, Harriman Board of Education member Frank Mee and Tennessee Department of Education representative Charlene Hill.

  • Road construction in state halted for holiday travelers

    Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

    No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 6 a.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, through 6 a.m. Jan. 2.

  • Roane State offers wilderness first responder course

    Roane State Community College’s Continuing Healthcare and Safety Education Department is accepting sign-ups for its wilderness first responder course.

    The class, at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, is designed for those who operate extensively in the outdoors, such as outdoors enthusiasts, wilderness guides, environmental educators and missionaries.

    The course will be Jan. 19-26.

    A refresher course for those who have already taken wilderness first responder is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb 2.