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  • A Roane State welcome back to college
  • Rockwood football coach was ‘legend around here’

    The Rockwood community lost one of its greatest coaches with the passing of C.W. Pemberton Jr., who died Tuesday at 85.
    Pemberton taught and coached football for a total of 38 years.
    Along the way, Pemberton had stops in Vienna, Mo.; Gordonsville, Tenn.; the Homesteads in Crossville, South Harriman and Rockwood.
    It was at Rockwood where Pemberton left his mark — coaching the Tigers to the 1976 TSSAA Class A State Championship.

  • Corrections & Clarifications

    In Wednesday’s letters to the editor, the age of Jane Jackson’s son was listed as 29. He was actually 19.
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    The Peggy Littleton who was arrested by Kingston police on Sept. 8 was 49 years old and had a home address of 200 Duff Road, Lenoir City.
    She is not to be confused with a Roane County resident by the same name.
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    An Aug. 29 story A Rockwood princess faces rare genetic disorder listed the incorrect email for Cindy Gregg. It is cindy_gregg2001@yahoo.com.

  • Last of influential Browder brothers dead at 97

    Longtime businessman Rhea Browder, who with his brothers, Joe and Ed Browder, formed Harriman Oil Co. in the late 1930s amid the Great Depression, died Monday at 97.
    So pivotal was the role the family played in Harriman politics and business that a section is dedicated to them in the popular Walter Pulliam book, “Harriman: The Town That Temperance Built.”
    The historian and editor said this week he got to know the Browders well during his 30 years as a newspaper man in Harriman.

  • Hurley speaks

    Whether it’s the pride she takes in being a former Hooters waitress or the videotape of her encounter with state trooper Teresa Brown, state Rep. Julia Hurley has been making headlines across the state and even country this year.
    The Lenoir City Republican recently agreed to a request for a sit-down Q&A interview with Roane County News reporter Damon Lawrence.

  • ‘Free money’ for library had too many strings, officials say

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    In a time when many are searching under seat cushions for extra quarters, the city of Kingston looks to be turning down a big wad of bills.

    Officials want to reject a $150,000 grant from the Federal Rural Development Administration for improvements to the Kingston Public Library.

    At a Sept. 6 work session, Kingston City Council moved to draft a motion to withdraw its request for the grant, which was filed two years ago. The grant was unexpectedly received this past June.

  • Kingston triathlon deemed success

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Its biking and running legs notwithstanding, Kingston’s first-ever Storm the Fort Triathlon went swimmingly, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross.

    “The main thing we wanted to do is to get people to visit our town, increase tourism and hotel and motel visitation, get people in the restaurants,” Ross said. “And since we focused it around Fort Southwest Point, we wanted to bring more attention the parks and to the Fort in general.

  • Clearing the way

     

    An employee with Galloway Construction in Sunbright adds brush to the shredder while clearing away an area on Patton Lane for an electric company last week. The employee did not want to give his name.

  • Clearing up the brush
  • Facebook posts cost Ellis seat

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis used Facebook to rally support against the property tax rate increases that were passed earlier this year. 
    That didn’t sit well with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who didn’t recommend Ellis for another term on the budget committee.
    “Randy served, and he served well,” Woody said. “Randy did, however, try to rally a group for the public hearing on the blogs and Facebook, and I didn’t appreciate that.”