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  • Did you know

    ... that Oliver Springs falls into three counties?
    Parts of the town lie in Roane, Anderson and Morgan counties.
    You might think that’s unique in the state of Tennessee.
    You’d be thinking wrong.
    According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, three other municipalities fall into three counties.
    They are Johnson City (Carter, Sullivan and Johnson counties) in northeast Tennessee; Milledgeville (Chester, Hardin and McNairy counties) in southwest Tennessee; and McKenzie (Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties) in northwest Tennessee.

  • Truck and tractor show at Roane State Expo Center

    Truck and tractor enthusiasts can get an eyeful at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this weekend at the Roane State Community College Exposition Center.

    At noon Saturday, a truck cruise-in will start at Roane State and travel toward Rocky Top General Store in Harriman, and then down Hwy. 29 and Pine Ridge Road to Hwy. 70 before heading back to the college.

  • The hunt is on
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  • Soup's On! And it's all for the kids

    Volunteer Susie Dutton fills a bowl of Tuscany chicken soup for Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District’s inaugural Roane County “Soup’s On” event Thursday in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Homemade Tuscany chicken, Hunter’s chili and sausage potato soups were offered with bread and cookies.

    The event raised $2,806 to help provide services to severely abused children at the CAC.

    Board members, volunteers, county members and the faith-based community all donated time, money and resources for the event.

  • DA rips property assessor on job

    Instead of accusing him of having a personal relationship with Teresa Kirkham, District Attorney General Russell Johnson told Property Assessor David Morgan to worry about learning how to do his own job.

    “My best advice to you as a fellow public official is to concentrate on learning to do your job better,” Johnson told Morgan in a letter in late 2012.

  • Volkswagen opens its doors in Roane County

    Volkswagen’s $40 million, 400,000-square-foot warehouse-
    distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park had its first official day of initial shipment of inbound material last week. The center will distribute auto parts for the Passat, which is made at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. It will also distribute other Volkswagen and Audi vehicle parts.

  • Fight for life makes living it even better

    Devastating fear, tears and fighting determination.

    Alma Johnson knew all those emotions the day she learned she had breast cancer in 2009.

    “I went to the doctor knowing something was wrong. I had a sharp pain — and then I felt it. I am a fanatic about breast exams,” Alma said.

    It took her a few days to take action that winter.

    “You have to process it two or three days before you finally say, listen something is going on,” she said.

  • Tense moment for The Great Contender

    Oliver Springs sweetheart Janelle Arthur survived another week of competition on “American Idol.”

    Tensions were high for the popular country crooner, in the midst of her third time competing on the FOX talent-show-type series.

    She and contestant Burnell Taylor received the fewest viewer votes, but relief swept over the 23-year-old blonde entertainer and her East Tennessee fan base when host Ryan Seacrest announced Arthur was safe for another week with Taylor’s elimination from competition.

  • Operator teaches ups, downs of crane biz

    The hefty yellow cranes looming at the end of Franklin Street in Kingston aren’t just eyecatchers.
    They are a sign of opportunity.
    Sylvan Enterprises started doing business in Kingston last fall. John Augustine, who owns the business with his wife, Ann, offers crane operator training, crane inspections, and rigging/signal-person training.
    “I thought there would be interest in the county,” Augustine said.
    The venture started in 2006 in Oak Ridge. Business  took off from there.