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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What we ate, and how we fixed it, way back then

    Gentle reader, in this season of Thanksgiving, marked by indulgence, even over indulgence in eating, we thought it might be a good time to remark upon some of the items which Americans consumed in an earlier day which are virtually, if not completely, unknown to the modern American, and how we fixed our food back then.

  • Midway High takes care of soldier alumni

    Thirteen Midway High School graduates serving in the armed forces will be getting care packages from their alma mater.

    The  special deliveries were a labor of love from students of each first period class at Midway High School.

    “It is just really good to be helping out somebody, especially that we know,” said Daxia Shultz.

    “We do a service project every year, and this is one we thought would be good for all the service members we have here,” said teacher Whitney Moore. She said they have 17 more boxes to do in the spring.

  • Former resident judging bull riding

    Former Roane Countian George Carathers has gone from riding the bulls to judging the bull riding technique of others.

    He was just 19 when the rodeo snagged him.

    “I found a practice pen where cowboys go to practice riding bulls and was hooked after the first one,” Carathers said. He was riding competitively soon after.

  • Natural gas rates up for Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas is looking at a new rate structure for gas customers. That means an increase for its customers when bills come out this week.

    Public accountant Daniel Peterson presented his recommendation to the utility board to adopt a new methodology to address the difference between the price of gas and the actual revenue the utility makes.

  • County may help vets buy new van

    Roane County leaders could provide some help to Disabled American Veterans Post 86’s effort to get a new van. The county’s Non-Profit Committee met Monday and voted to donate $5,000 to the cause.

    “It was all positive,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said, about the discussion that took place before the vote.

  • Ministry combines women, art

    On a typical Sunday at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston a large crowd gathers to worship and the sound of gospel music can be heard.

    But on Mondays, there is a different tune.

    A group of about 12 women meet for the Bethel Arts Ministry, or as they like to call it — BAM — and work on different art pieces each week.

    Along with working on art projects “we also tell what’s going on in our lives and gossip,” Cathy McDowell said.

  • Imprisoned Houston brothers work on appeals while serving their time in Kentucky facilities

    After losing at the trial level, the Houston brothers are seeking relief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, where their federal convictions are being challenged.

    Leon Houston, 55, was convicted in November 2013 for using a telephone communication to threaten to kill Cleveland attorney James Logan.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced him to the maximum five years in March.

    The 6th Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office must file a brief in the case by Dec. 22.

  • Man charged after naked child found wandering

    A Harriman man has been charged with child abuse and neglect involving a youngster age 6 or younger.

    Jack Chesser III, 20, was taken into custody after a Roane County Sheriff Deputy responded to Chesser’s home because of a call to 911 regarding a young child walking outside the residence naked and following around a dog.

    “The complainant stated they had been there for almost 45 minutes and no adults had come outside for the child,” said an incident report from the Roane County Sheriff Office.

  • Mount Pisgah holds off Calvary, 44-41

     

    Mount Pisgah’s defense stepped up when it was needed most Monday evening, as the Patriots held visiting Calvary Baptist scoreless for a span of 6:31 in the fourth quarter of a 44-41 victory over the Crusaders.

  • Raiders fall to No. 4 Chargers, 86-76

     

    Randy Nesbit's Roane State Raiders gave the nation's fourth ranked team a scare Saturday afternoon in Harriman, but in the end Columbia State had just enough firepower to eke out an 86-76 victory in TCCAA play.