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Today's News

  • Controversial development up for first reading vote

    Having passed the city planning commission, discussion of a proposed rezoning to enable a major development off North Kentucky Street came before Kingston City Council at its work session last week.

    And just like at the aforementioned planning meeting, a group of concerned citizens from the affected neighborhoods expressed skepticism about the proposal.

    The development, proposed by property owners Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan, would include a Ford dealership, and possibly a big-box store, plus some other retail, on a 47-acre parcel.

  • EPA offers list of summer tips

    Planning fun summer activities, such as beach trips, hiking, and gardening? Follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tips — good for your health, your wallet, and your environment.

    Air Quality

  • McFarland turns to PR firm in race

    Tom McFarland has retained the services of a Chattanooga public relations firm to assist him in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    When the Roane County News attempted to contact McFarland last week, Robin Smith of SmithWaterhouse responded on his behalf.  

    “Mr. McFarland has requested that any inquiries on behalf of the Roane County News be directed to me,” Smith said by email.

  • Backpacks help feed hungry kids

    Many Roane County school children go home each weekend during the school year with a backpack full of foods.

    That’s thanks to a Second Harvest of East Tennessee program and the donations of local organizations and people, like Kingston dentist James Walmsley.

    “For me, with having three kids of our own, the thought of having to see my kid be hungry, or if they ask for something and not having it, that just breaks my heart,” said Shannon Walmsley, the office manager and wife of the dentist.

  • Happy 4th of July

    Kingston celebrated the nation’s 238th birthday in its usual way — loud, boisterously, festively and ending with its annual Smokin’ the Water fireworks extravaganza. It took two days for the town to pack in all its celebrating, including boat races on Watts Bar Lake, a parade, musical performances and contests along the waterfront. See Wednesday’s issue of the Roane County News and online at roanecounty.com for a more in-depth look at the holiday festivities.

  • Friendships forged in the big fight for freedom

    They were boys when they met — boys who had to grow quickly into men, encountering danger in the sweltering, swampy jungles of Vietnam.

    They were a recon team who slipped quietly through the murky landscape, spying on the enemy, fighting when it came to it, and taking prisoners in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

    “You made decisions most 19-, 20-, 22-year old boys don’t have to make,” said Bill Milburn, who was platoon sergeant.

    Milburn said at 22, he was the oldest guy there while he served.

  • Fine won’t keep Miles out of clerk race

    An unpaid state fine won’t keep circuit court clerk candidate Marty Miles off the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he spoke with Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Executive Director Drew Rawlins about the issue last week.

    “His name will stay on the ballot because it is a local office he’s running for,” Holiway said.

    Miles said he also contacted the state about the issue and got confirmation that it’s OK for him to remain on the ballot.

  • Give blood Friday in Harriman

    Summer months are difficult for several businesses — and the same is true for Medic Regional Blood Center, the community blood provider.

    The organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply hospitals, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations,” she said. “However, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is needed.”

  • Roane Choral receives ABC grant

    The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded an Arts Build Communities grant to the Roane Choral Society.

    The $3,300 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the Tennessee General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing-arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. R-Kingston.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • UT honors Harriman’s Evan Ford

    Evan Cameron Ford of Harriman receives the Tom Siler Scholarship from The College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

    Ford was awarded the scholarship during the 2014 Honors Convocation by UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media Director and Professor Peter Gross.