Local News

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Roane State has book sale in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will host the 12th annual “Love Your Library” used book sale Feb. 14-15 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Available items will include paperbacks, textbooks, cookbooks, computer software books, children’s books and more.
    Items will be on sale in the atrium in front of the library.
    Proceeds support the campus’s Coffey Library.
    Checks should be written to the Roane State Foundation.
    To donate items for the book sale, bring them to the Coffey Library.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Butting heads — and finding common ground

    For years — many years — I have ducked my head in humiliation when it comes to the University of Tennessee-University of Kentucky rivalry.
    As a Kentucky native who was born in Lexington while my dad attended engineering school at UK, it has been easy to root for the Wildcats. Even so, I sometimes find the fan obsession there a bit much.
    Basketball generally was Kentucky’s sport, while football was the one we grudgingly conceded to Tennessee.
    Then came the Bruce Pearl years, and Tennessee was beating us at roundball, too.

  • Police burn counterfeit purses

    The Kingston Police Department destroyed goods confiscated three years ago while investigating Stacey Aulbach’s Sack Shack.

    Sack Shack, which has since been shut down, was located in downtown Kingston and sold counterfeit goods bearing designer-brand logos.

    According to a news release, investigator Sam Bolden said he received a call from Keith Haney, president of an investigative and asset recovery firm, Haney and Associates, telling him that a client in New York believed the Sack Shack sold counterfeit items.

  • Rockwood Housing: Opponents decry low-income apartments

    Rockwood may have another income-based apartment complex near Deer Run Apartments.
    That, according to city officials, is not sitting well with many people.
    “I’ve not had a positive comment from anyone I talked to,” Councilman Bill Thompson said.
    He and others were upset that that they didn’t hear about the rezoning request until it was put on the council agenda.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans is against the proposed Heritage Hills apartments.

  • Gallaher gains more jail time on probation charge

    Eric Glenn Gallaher reached a resolution on his violation of probation charges last month.
    Gallaher, 31, is charged with reckless homicide in the death of 46-year-old David Harvey.
    He waived a preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court on Jan. 23, which means the case is headed to the grand jury later this month.
    Gallaher also submitted to violation of probation and agreed to serve eight months in jail. 

  • TVA urges caution on Swan Pond

    The contractor building a perimeter wall around the dredge cell and ash pond at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant as part of the 2008 ash spill cleanup will be moving large equipment beginning this week along Swan Pond Road.
    Heavy equipment will be operating just inside TVA property, between the intersection of Swan Pond Circle Road and the plant’s north entrance. The equipment will remain there through August, when this segment of the perimeter wall is expected to be complete.

  • Teachers get good scores

    Roane County Schools has seen positive results on the new teacher evaluation system so far.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff gave a report on the data at the January Board of Education meeting. 
    “This is just mid-year,” McGriff cautioned. “These are not final scores. This is just where we are right now.”

  • Scam: No $1 million for life with this deal

    It seems like a well-known adage: Beware anyone who wants you to send money in order to make or receive money.
    But such scams persist, changing slightly but always with the same notion of sending a small amount of money to cover fees or taxes in order to receive your prize.
    Most recently, a Harriman woman contacted the Harriman Police Department crime hotline last weekend to let them know of a scam involving a claim to be from Publishers Clearing House.

  • Chamber seeks to expand high school career day

    When Roane County Schools Director Toni Mc-Griff said, “This has been the best Career Day!” at last year’s career fair for high school students, her words were taken as a challenge to make the 2012 High School Career Day even better.
    The Education and Workforce Committee of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce has taken up the challenge and is looking for additional businesses to participate in this year’s Career Day on March 30.