Local News

  • Jug Band will help with amphitheater fund-raising

     A benefit concert featuring the Mount LeConte Jug Band is planned to raise money for the Three Rivers Amphitheater project.

    The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 in Kingston Community Center. 

    Rick Ross, Kingston director of Parks and Recreation, has labeled the amphitheater the “crown jewel” of Kingston, with other improvements planned for the waterfront and downtown area.

  • Roane Habitat dedicates 35th house

     Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated its 35th house built in Roane County. 

    Owner Tammy Edwards and her son Josh are now living in a new home that they and dozens of volunteers helped build. 

  • Roane State has new ambulance simulator

     Often, they must do that job in a confined box where they barely have room to stand.

    To help emergency medical technician and paramedic students learn what it’s like to work in the back of an ambulance, Roane State Community College installed a $29,000 ambulance simulator at the college’s Knox County Center for Health Sciences. 

  • Writing entries sought

    The Knoxville Writers Guild is accepting entries through midnight June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

    More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

  • ORNL announces breakthrough in superconductivity

    Scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of superconductivity.

  • Court secrecy ruling chilling

    The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that “high government officials” can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.

  • Rockwood sports complex vandalized

    Bathrooms at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex were vandalized this weekend.

    City Recorder Becky Ruppe said three handles were torn from sinks, and soap dispensers were ripped off the walls. Park and recreation director Jody Mioduski said the sink damage was in the women’s bathroom next to the press box, while the soap dispensers were broken in both men and women’s rooms.

    “It is really sad,” Mioduski said.

    He estimated the damage around $200.

  • Special guest at firing range
  • Real bananas, no monkey business

    Some in Rockwood might think they are in the tropics with the unusual vegetation that has sprouted on Abels Valley Road.

    Ray and Raylene Myers have eight bananas trees growing in their yard.

    The oldest tree has been growing for 12 years, and this is the first year it has produced any fruit.

    “Never thought we’d ever see a banana,” Ray said.  

    Their son Edward gave his mother her first banana plant.

    “My wife just took off with it,” Ray said.

  • Loose change rejected by HUB

    It’s hard for Wendy Jackson to keep her lights on.

    She felt helpless when she went to Harriman Utility Board last week after her most recent outage and brought money she’d begged from family and friends — some of it in change jars.

    It was shortly before closing, and the clerks initially denied her the coins before changing their minds.

    “I had $281,” Jackson said. “They (originally) refused to take my change because it wasn’t rolled.”