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  • Troop 101 celebrating 75th year

    Generations of young men have gone through the ranks of Kingston’s Boy Scouts Troop 101.

    In fact, fathers, sons and now grandsons have participated, first as scouts and later as scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters in the troop’s 75-year history.

    “This is a great troop because it stays active,” said Ted Dailey.

    He and his wife, Laura, are perfect examples of the generational connections the troop has,

  • Kimble Chase pulls for a cause

    Rockwood’s Kimble Chase collected about 1,400 pounds of food for local food banks.

    The effort was part of Kimble Chase’s participation in parent company Gerresheimer’s Week.

    In addition to the local food collection, the company will be making a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.

    “We wanted something all inclusive that everyone could participate in,” said Heather Hagensee, human resource manager at Kimble Chase.

  • GUEST OPINION: Outsiders and insiders needed in Congress

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Center on Congress

    Insiders in Congress put in long, tedious hours on the minutiae of developing legislation. Outsiders mostly use Congress as a platform to build a following beyond their own constituency. Both types are needed to make the system work.

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

  • New drug laws start July 1

    By State Sen. KEN YAGER

    Prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is a serious health epidemic, but our state legislature has continued to make progress in our efforts to curb it. As of July 1, three new laws will be enacted to tackle the problem, including one bill that I sponsored which tightens the requirements for medical directors and owners of pain management clinics.

  • Jim Henry named governor's chief of staff

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Jim Henry of Kingston as his new chief of staff.

    Henry currently serves as commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services and replaces Mark Cate who announced his departure last month.

  • Roane, Oak Ridge pay similar salaries to teachers starting out

    Teacher pay was a topic during this year’s budget process.

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry brought it up during a meeting between the budget committee and school officials.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said 82 percent of the school budget goes toward salaries.

    Berry then referenced Tennessee Education Association numbers that show the starting salary for a teacher in Roane County is $35,825.

    He compared that to Oak Ridge City Schools, where the starting salary for a teacher is $36,407, according to the TEA.

  • Pine Ridge Road crossing to close for repairs on June 30

    Travelers who cross the Pine Ridge Road railroad crossing aren’t happy with the condition of the bumpy tracks after the railroad made repairs at the location.

    There is now a sign up saying the crossing will be closed June 30 for repairs.

    “The last inspection performed at this location was June 18, 2015, and the information we have received from the NS Railroad Maintenance of Way Department is that the crossing will be completely reworked/replaced by July 15,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • 'Now, We're People': Roane feels effects of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling with one couple eager to wed, another’s divorce caught in limbo

    A Roane County couple plan to apply for a marriage license at the Roane County Courthouse on Monday in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that makes same-sex marriage legal across the nation.

    Stephen Collins and Nathan Hartsuff have been partners for 18 years after being introduced by Collins’ straight brother.

    “Today is pretty big,” Collins said.

    “It took awhile for me to stop crying. It just means so much,” he added.

  • County blames trucking firm for damage to Woody Lane during dirt transport

    A Knoxville trucking company could have to fork over some money if a lawsuit filed by Roane County proves successful.

    In 2014, TVA hired Claiborne Hauling to transport dirt from a South of the River farm to the Kingston Fossil Plant for a landfill expansion project.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson accused the trucking company of damaging Woody Lane during the process.

  • Man gets 30 years for killing stepfather

    A Roane County man who stabbed his stepfather to death earlier this year will serve 100 percent of a 30-year sentence.

    Steven Edward Jones, 46, agreed to a plea agreement Friday to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Fred Silvey at the home Jones shared with Silvey and Jones’ mother, Carolyn Silvey.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he is “well pleased with this result, especially in the manner that all sides came together to bring a swift and just result in this tragic crime.”