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  • Rockwood passes moratorium on new pain clinics

    Borrowing largely from what Kingston already passed, Rockwood joined the effort to circumvent any pain management facilities locating in their community until new state regulations take effect in 2012.

    The council considered two resolutions, a shorter one and a more detailed version.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans made the motion for the longer resolution because it spelled out more what was covered under the resolution.

    “I think that would be best,” Evans said.

  • Boy Scouts return for tree sale in Kingston
  • Kingston Christmas Parade postponed due to rain

    Monday's Kingston Christmas Parade has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

    It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

  • Roane officials consider Ohio animal release

    The Ohio sheriff who oversaw the killing of dozens of wild animals that were let loose from a farm was criticized by some people for the decision. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t one of them.

    “I think that the law enforcement handled it the proper way because your main concern is the safety of the public and to detain or eliminate that threat as soon as possible without any harm to the public,” Stockton said.


    A group of residents of a Harriman Garden building are back in their apartments  and got a surprising bounty of good eats to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis got inspired to seek donations to provide the meals after the residents of the 925 Sewanee St. complex were temporarily displaced when a fire last weekend forced them to the Harriman Community Center or the homes of family and friends.

    “This is what Roane County is known for,” Ellis said.

  • Driver’s ed joyful, wild ride for Roane’s Ridenour

    Special to Roane County News
    David Ridenour remembers the harrowing moments from a lifetime of teaching teenagers to drive.

    “Yes, I have often been scared out of my wits,” he says in a book he wrote to help new drivers, and their parents, understand the most important safety rules in driving.

  • Feeding hearts and stomachs this holiday season

    Lee Sexton teamed up with Victorian Square to prepare and deliver about 100 food boxes to families, along with the residents of Harriman Gardens.

    Lee Sexton is the one who initiated and provided the funds for the food drive. He contacted Victorian Square to see if there was any way to help, and they ended up donated their kitchen to prepare the food and box it up.

    Sexton previously helped with his uncle’s food drive in Scott County and felt the need to bring it to Roane County now that he was living here.

  • Giving back
  • The mystery of mistletoe

    Scandanavians associated mistletoe with Frigga, their goddess of love, and it may be from this that we derive the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.

    Those who kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in the following year.

    • The practice of kissing under the mistletoe was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon”:

  • RSCC holds holiday concert

    Get in the festive spirit by joining the Roane State Community College choral and instrumental ensembles in a holiday celebration.

    The college’s annual holiday concert will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the O’Brien Theater.

    The Concert Choir will offer “A Song Is Born,” a cantata for Christmas by Douglas Nolan.
    The Celebration Singers, Jazz Band and Bluegrass Band will perform holiday favorites, including some pop collaboration.