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Today's News

  • Kingston apartment fire accidental

    An apartment building at 319 S. Third St. in Kingston caught fire Wednesday morning.
    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said a woman in one of the apartments accidentally set her mattress on fire.
    Gordon said the building had four apartments.  The blaze reached the roof and spread into the other apartments.
    Gordon said no one was injured. A cat was rescued from the blaze.
    “We went in and found it hiding under the bed,” Gordon said.

  • Early Voting under way

    Early voting for the Nov. 2 election began Wednesday.
    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said the turnout was 378 on the first day.   
    With absentee voting, which he said started 45 days ago, 578 people had voted so far.
    “That’s a good turnout to start,” he said.
    The last day to early vote is Oct. 28.
    Early voting locations are Rockwood Community Center, Harriman Community Center, Roane County Courthouse in Kingston and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.

  • Church Calendar

    SATURDAY, OCT. 16
    • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church’s Council of Catholic Women will have its annual fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall at 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman. Lunch will be available. Proceeds will benefit the parish and community programs.

  • Churches gear up for Christmas basket programs

    Kingston area churches have started the annual process  to make sure Roane County families in need have a merrier Christmas.

    Kingston United Methodist Church started taking applications earlier this week for its Christmas basket program.

    Kingston First Baptist Church will start its application process next week for families seeking assistance from the church’s Chrstmas food basket and angel tree programs.

  • Rockwood First Christian to mark 125th anniversary

    Rockwood First Christian will celebrate 125 years of ministry to the community on Oct. 17.  

    The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome by Pastor Kara Foster, special singing and a brief presentation on the church’s history, with pictures from the past and present.

    The worship service begins at 11 a.m. with preaching from the Rev. David Fulks, who grew up in the church and in Rockwood.

    The celebration will continue afterward with a luncheon in the fellowship hall.

  • OS ‘Make a Wish’ campaign part of Children’s Health Week activities

    Children’s Health Week is a yearly event in Tennessee, and Roane County students joined in the Oct. 4-10 celebration with special events at many of the schools.

    Each of the 18 schools has a Healthy School Team responsible for planning and implementing such initiatives and other healthy-focus  campaigns throughout the year for both students and staff.  

  • Funds from 5K to help with health initiatives

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program will have its second annual 5K race/walk  on Nov. 6 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Proceeds from the race will supplement students’ health and wellness initiatives.

  • Rockwood library slates Amnesty Week Oct. 25-31

    October is the month for trick or treating, and this year the Rockwood Public Library is giving its patrons a treat.

    The library will have Amnesty Week Oct. 25-31.

    Patrons with overdue library materials may return those materials and have overdue fees waived, said Margaret Marrs, library director.

    “Please bring in any book, audios, videos, CDs or DVDs that you have misplaced or neglected to return — and no matter how overdue they may be, you will be forgiven,” Marrs said.

  • OS fall cleanup starts on Oct. 25

    The town of Oliver Springs will have its annual fall cleanup Oct. 25-Nov. 5.

    All items to be picked up should be left near the street for easy access.

    The town will not accept tires, paint, batteries or other hazardous/toxic chemicals, refrigerators or appliances that use coolants.

    The schedule for Oct. 25-29 is:

    Monday and Tuesday — Midway Drive, Fox subdivision (including side streets) and Sleepy Hol-
    low.

  • OS sophomore’s ewe a 4-H Grand Champion