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  • JFK’s visit to Roane

     

    SUBMITTED PHOTO/Roane Newspapers
    In 1959, U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, facing the camera on the right, came to Roane County to tour TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. The plant, completed in 1955, was a marvel as the largest coal-fired plant in the world and much of its energy powered projects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Shown with Kennedy are, from left, former Roane County News editor Paul Page and U.S. Sen. Albert Gore Sr. Kennedy was later elected president, then assassinated 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963.

  • Family and Community Education Christmas Ideas Fair
  • New fire truck for Kingston?

    Kingston didn’t succeed the first time it applied for a grant for a brand new fire truck.

    True to the old adage, though, city officials aren’t afraid to try again.

    City Manager David Bolling told Kingston City Council members at the Nov. 12 council meeting that the city will put in for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (ATF), a grant administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help firefighters and other first responders obtain equipment, training, and other resources.

    The deadline for applying is early December.

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Court secrecy ruling chilling

    By ERIK SCHELZIG
    The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that “high government officials” can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.

  • Underage beer case bound over to grand jury

    The case against Jennifer Lynn Sawin, cited in January for allegedly selling beer to an underage informant at the Grill & Pub, was bound over to Roane County Criminal Court from sessions court earlier this month.

    The incident prompted the Roane County Beer Board to revoke the bar’s beer permit for a year.

    Sawin’s case was first scheduled to be taken up in general sessions court on Feb. 11, but it has been postponed repeatedly. The case was finally bound over on Nov. 4.  

  • Federal jury says 'guilty' in Leon Houston trial

    After hearing Leon Houston’s seething, expletive- and threat-riddled 15-minute phone call, a mostly female jury in Houston’s latest trial shifted uncomfortably in their seats.

    Perhaps that’s why, the next day, it took them less than two hours to find Houston guilty.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings told jurors Monday the case was over threats made by Houston to kill his former attorney James F. Logan.

  • Oliver Springs woman singing at Ryman

    Oliver Spring’s Janelle Arthur will be performing twice in coming weeks at the venerable Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

    The “American Idol” top five finalist will first perform the same night as Mel Tillis and Restless Heart on Nov. 29.

    She’ll perform at the same show as former “American Idol” season 4 winner Carrie Underwood on Dec. 13.

  • We're not that rich, county official says

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s uncovered more evidence that questions the school system’s ranking as the 14th wealthiest in the state.

    According to his research, 63 percent of Roane County students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
    That’s more than Anderson County (59 percent), Loudon County (59 percent), Alcoa City (54 percent), Oak Ridge City (45 precent) and Maryville City (35 percent).

  • Retired NYPD officer dies in Rockwood

    Richard Philip Hadorn, a Rockwood resident and retired New York City policeman, died on Thursday.

    He was 67.

    According to E-911 dispatch records, Hadorn was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Thursday near Rockwood on Winton Chapel Road.

    The wreck happened around 3 p.m.

    Dispatch records said the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the wreck, but the agency did not provide details on what happened by press time.

    Hadorn’s obituary can be found on Page 6.