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  • NAACP Roane County hosts Freedom Fund Banquet

    Roane County NAACP held it’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday evening at Roane State Community College, and a good time seemed to be had by the more than 100 in attendance.

    “I think everything went real well,” said Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge. “This is the only fundraiser we have and I counted 105 folks here tonight. The money we raise tonight takes care of our business from paying our utility bills to funding our scholarship program.”

  • Keep ID thieves at bay, support Dunn Center at shredding event

    Tired of it taking forever to shred your documents using a small shredder and cutting fingers when trying to unjam it?

    Have a small business or a relative’s estate you are in charge of?

    Michael Dunn Center’s Work Programs can destroy sensitive records safely, securely and confidentially.

    The Michael Dunn Center’s shredding truck will be in Kingston on Feb. 9 to shred documents for the public.

    The shredding event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower-level parking lot at The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St.

  • Gas prices at lowest since ’09

    As oil slips to the lowest level in more than a decade, gas prices continue logging multi-year lows.

    The price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $1.89, the lowest national average since Feb. 27, 2009.

    Gas prices in Tennessee are also at seven-year lows, with Monday’s state average at $1.68 per gallon.

    “Oil keeps sinking lower, making the cost to produce gasoline cheaper by the day,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman, AAA.

  • No school in Roane County on Wednesday

    A potential 1-2 inches of snow in Wednesday's forecast prompted officials to close Roane County Schools on Wednesday.

    The call was made late Tuesday afternoon.

  • On the Ballot


    The following have picked up petitions to qualify for candidacy in the Aug. 4 election; names in bold indicate those who have filed their petitions with the Election Commission and are official candidates as of Friday evening:


  • Kingston’s boat slips going on Hwy. 58


    After several months of discussion and consultation with TVA, Kingston City Council voted Tuesday night to place its 18 “new” boat slips on Hwy. 58 across from the Kingston Public Library.

  • Roane receives more than $10,500 for probations


    Community Probation Services gave Roane County officials a $10,561.25 check last week. 

    The money represents 5 percent of the company’s gross revenue in Roane County in 2015.

  • Oh Shoot!


    Mid-January is a busy time of year for Randy Nesbit, but the longtime Roane State Community College head coach took time out of his schedule to help area youth basketball players by hosting a free two-hour hoops clinic last Monday night.

  • Police recover recliners


    Rockwood Police Department recovered a handful of La-Z-Boy recliners that were part of a stash of furniture taken when a tractor trailer was stolen from the Dayton factory. 

    “We received information there was potential some may be here,” said Police Chief Danny Wright.

  • Nall retires after 22 years