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Today's News

  • GLIMPSES: Divided, but will we soon decline?

    By Mark Banker

    I begin with belated best wishes for 2017.

    A nasty virus plagued my January, but my captive status offered one dubious benefit. Television and the internet provided a front-row view for the transition from the Obama to Trump eras.

    One week into the latter, Americans can agree on one thing: Our nation’s prolonged divide has widened. Our new president’s admirers are pleased that his actions are consistent with his campaign promises.

  • Food City Shelby Report’s 2016 top retailer

    Abingdon, Va.-based Food City — with stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs — was selected as The Shelby Report of the Southeast’s Retailer of the Year.

    Food City was recognized as a company that exemplifies leadership in merchandising, marketing, innovation and community service.

    The company, founded by Jack Smith in 1955, started out with one store in Grundy, Va.

  • Customer service to be focus of Academy

    SCORE will present a three-session Customer Service Academy at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    The three sessions, free for up to two employees registered by Chamber members, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7 and 14. A $50 fee will be charged to others wishing to attend.

    The Academy is designed to help employees in several ways:

    • Understand how job performance impacts quality of life

    • Develop skills that enhance customer satisfaction scores

  • Kingston notches two wins over Sequoyah

    After a District 4AA loss to CAK last Tuesday, the Kingston basketball teams rebounded by sweeping a pair of non-district, road  games with Sequoyah Thursday night.
    The Lady Jackets beat Sequoyah 71-67 and the Yellow Jackets won 70-57.
    Kingston 71, Sequoyah 67: Riley Guillemet, Hannah Bailey and Abby Wilson tallied 22, 20 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Jackets.
    Madi Haymes led Sequoyah with 29 points, while  Emily Hawkins added 16.

  • Kingston notches two wins over Sequoyah

    After a District 4AA loss to CAK last Tuesday, the Kingston basketball teams rebounded by sweeping a pair of non-district, road  games with Sequoyah Thursday night.
    The Lady Jackets beat Sequoyah 71-67 and the Yellow Jackets won 70-57.
    Kingston 71, Sequoyah 67: Riley Guillemet, Hannah Bailey and Abby Wilson tallied 22, 20 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Jackets.
    Madi Haymes led Sequoyah with 29 points, while  Emily Hawkins added 16.

  • Customer service to be focus of Academy

    SCORE will present a three-session Customer Service Academy at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    The three sessions, free for up to two employees registered by Chamber members, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7 and 14. A $50 fee will be charged to others wishing to attend.

  • Rockwood woman’s term commuted

    Prayers were answered for the family of a woman serving time in federal prison.

    Kristi Miller was sentenced to 20 years for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy. She wasn’t scheduled to be released until Nov. 19, 2027. Her sentence will end earlier now.

    On Jan. 19, his last full day in office, President Barack Obama granted Miller’s request for clemency.  

    “She’s ecstatic,” Miller’s father, Rockie Elswick said.  

  • OUT OF THIS WORLD

    For years, Roane State Community College associate professor Ted Stryk has peered into powerful telescopes to explore the mysteries of outer space.

    It’s his hobby and his passion.

    On Jan. 19, the associate professor of philosophy and English was honored for his role in a NASA investigation of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons.

  • Rockwood water hike gets first approval

    Rockwood’s water rates are one step closer to increasing.

    The City Council voted unanimously on first reading last week to approve a 2.5 percent increase, a change that had been approved by the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas department last July.

    The rate increase will apply to customers both inside and outside the city.

    Sewer rates will not be increasing.

  • Harriman eyes golf course director

    Harriman’s Parks and Recreation Department continues to evolve under the latest proposal that may create a new assistant director position.

    “I am proposing bringing the golf course under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department and hiring an assistant director to fill some of the voids,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman said it will make a big difference.