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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Pre-war Christmas shopping and other observances

    Gentle reader, here we are at the ides of December, and the world is awash in unrest, turmoil, white trash and Trump, but the Old Curmudgeon refuses to be depressed or downcast.

    It may be because he is deep into his second childhood, but he cannot help but be overcome, even overwhelmed with the spirit of Christmas.

  • November rains put Kingston’s drainage to test

    The Kingston City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to provide funding for drainage and road repairs following an historic rain event last month.

    The five inches of rain that fell Nov. 7 was one of the heaviest such events on record in East Tennessee, said Kingston City Manager Dave Bolling.

    A culvert and drainage system running under West Race Street between Patton Ferry and Oran Zirkle roads began to wash out following heavy rain, endangering the roadway and prompting immediate action.

  • Committees to stay put, for now

    The Roane County Commission’s committees aren’t going anywhere just yet.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis withdrew a resolution that called for abolishing them at the Dec. 11 meeting.

    Ellis said he was moved to do so after hearing Committee on Committees Chairman Stan Moore vow to take a look at the number of committees, and possibly get rid of some.

    “We’ll go back and look at some of these that haven’t met, or feel like don’t have much teeth in it and try to remove some of those,” Moore said.

  • Blaze damages Roane St. apartment

    Harriman fire officials reported a Roane Street apartment was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.

    “We got the page at 3:24 a.m. to 715 S. Roane St.,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “The business was Lawnbusters, and the fire was in the basement in an apartment kitchen area.”

    Daniels said the apartment suffered heavy damage in the kitchen area and had heavy smoke damage.

    A man who lived at the apartment planned to move in with a friend, the fire chief said.

  • Roane State closing for the holidays

    Roane State Community College campuses will be closed Saturday, Dec. 16, through Monday, Jan. 1, for the holidays.

    The college will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, and spring classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

    Registration and other self-service options are available through the Roane State website, www.roanestate.edu.

    Roane State’s main campus is in Roane County, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu or call 1-866-GO2-RSCC (1-866-462-7722).

  • Breakfast With Santa
  • Oh, baby!

    Lynette Swords was due to give birth on Dec. 28.

    Her baby had other plans, however.

    Not only did he not wait until after Christmas, he also didn’t wait until his mom got to the hospital when he was born five weeks early.

    “He was impatient,” she joked.

    Quentin Lee Reese Sneed was born on Nov. 21 at the 360 exit off Interstate 40 in Roane County while his Rockwood mother was on the way to the hospital.


    Michael Dunn and his bride Karen have shared quite a life of adventure together in their 25 years of marriage.

    The devoted couple, who live near Michael’s parents, were married Dec. 11, 1992, after six years of dating.

    “We like being married to each other,” said Karen Dunn.

    For their family, it’s a match made in heaven for two lonely sweethearts to find such companionship.

  • Man accused of taking teenage grandson with him to beat aquaintance

    A Rockwood man is accused of bringing his 14-year-old grandson along to commit an alleged assault on Nov. 28.

    Terry Lynn Steelman, 56, is charged with aggravated assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the incident, which was investigated by Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell.