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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Industry makes ice twice as nice

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Kingston Rotary Club pancake breakfast set

    Kingston Rotary Club will have its annual pancake breakfast and silent auction from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 5 in Kingston Church of Christ family center.

    The menu will consist of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange juice, milk and coffee.

    The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

    Proceeds raised by last year’s pancake breakfast and silent auction were used to help restore an earthquake damaged health clinic in Haiti and to promote scholarship and reward achievement of students in Roane County schools.

  • THP to conduct license checks in February

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two driver license roadside safety checkpoints in February in Roane County.

    The THP will have a checkpoint from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 on Hwy. 58 near the bridge.

    The second checkpoint will be from 9 to 10 p.m. Feb. 18 at Hwy. 70 and Poland Hollow Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who would violate Tennessee driver license laws.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Robert T. Givens

    Army Reserve Sgt. Robert T. Givens served as a support staff member during the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  

    Givens, a healthcare specialist (combat medic) sustainment instructor, is assigned to the 228th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. The reservist has served in the military for 10 years.

    The son of Kyong O. Givens of Rockwood, he was a 1984 graduate of Cumberland County High School, Crossville.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: John E. Gilliland

    The U.S. Air Force recently promoted John E. Gilliland to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

    Gilliland is the staff judge advocate at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. He is currently deployed as the staff judge advocate at Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan.  

    A Roane County native and a 1987 graduate of Roane County High School, he is the son of Julianne Bailey and Robert Brown of Kingston and William Gilliland of Manchester. He is the brother of Kelli G. Klidzejs of Manchester.

  • Asteroids to be discussed in OR

    The Orion astronomy club will host the talk, “Dawn: Exploring the Asteroids Vesta and Ceres,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in Oak Ridge Civic Center.

    Hap McSween, chancellor’s professor and interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will address various aspects of the mission launched in September 2007.

  • Woman dies in Harriman fire

    A 68-year-old Harriman woman was found dead at her 902 Clifty St. home by Harriman firefighters who responded to a fire last Friday around 10 a.m.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the deceased, Elizabeth Brown Bryant, lived in the duplex-style home of the Harriman Housing Authority at the corner of Clifty and Georgia streets.

    Emergency personnel found her near the entrance of her home.

  • Patton wins appeal on criminal charges

    An ouster proceeding in June 2009 got constable Mark Patton kicked out of office.

    It also proved fatal to the state’s criminal case against Patton.

    On Monday, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals threw out a three-count indictment against Patton because he was compelled to testify.   

  • Officeholders set up shop

    New officeholders U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Rep. Julia Hurley are in the process of opening their regional offices.

    While Roane County residents are losing the proximity of DesJarlais’ predecessor,  former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis’ Roane County office, DesJarlais staff said they will be more than able to be a presence in all the district’s communities, using people in the field and using online tools.

    The nearest field office will be in neighboring Crossville, with two others in Columbia and Winchester.

  • Harriman ponders building code changes

    Harriman approved on first reading moving to the 2006 edition of the International Building Code.

    The change, along with to the 2006 editions of the International Residential Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code, among others, will not mean much, according to officials.

    “It is the same code being used by the county and most surrounding jurisdictions as well as that adopted by the state,” said building inspector Maria Nelson in an interview prior to last week’s vote.