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Today's News

  • Impressions

    Observations from a slightly frozen fellow who says or does what guys most often do … the wrong thing.
    While vigorously ringing my Salvation Army “ding-a-ling” bell outside Kingston Food City the past couple of weeks, I picked up on a trend.
    I spied a steady stream of guys toting out red roses.
    Most carried out a single bud.
    Others juggled at least a dozen.
    “Hmmm … must be in the doghouse.”

  • County audit comes with tips for change

    There was no findings on the state’s latest audit of Roane County.
    However, the state’s Division of County Audit did make a suggestion.
    “Roane County does not have an audit committee,” the state wrote. “Sound business practices dictate that establishing an audit committee would significantly improve management oversight and accountability. The absence of an audit committee has been a management decision by the county commission.”

  • Library has grand plans

     

  • Give blood, go to a flick for free

    Medic Regional Blood Center is  sweetening the pot for donors heading into the New Year’s holiday in hopes of increasing the area’s blood supply.  

    Donors who stop by Kingston United Methodist Church from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 29 to give blood will receive a free ticket good for a number of Knoxville-area movie theaters.  

    Medic will be set up for this special blood drive inside the church’s fellowship hall.  

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Tyvon L. Frazier, financial responsibility Jan. 13. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

    Amanda A. Wells, violation of driver license Jan. 15. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

    Amanda A. Wells, violation of registration Jan. 15. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

    Amanda A. Wells, financial responsibility Jan. 15. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 22

    25 Years Ago
    Brownie Troop 260 of Emory Heights School, led by Georgia Oran, participated in a Pledge of Peace ceremony. Each of the 11 troop members told how they might bring peace to the world and then signed a Pledge of Peace, which was to be carried into space with Christa McAuliffe, the teacher astronaut on the Challenger space shuttle, in January 1986.

    10 Years Ago

  • It's official: Rockwood water to cost more

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a 15-percent water rate increase during a Monday morning meeting.

    Effective Feb. 1, it will generate an additional $22,500 a month in water and $19,500 per month in sewer funds.

    Sewer rates are still 150 percent of the water bill — so that side of things will increase, too.

    Officials say the hike amounts to a minimum bill increasing from $21.33 to $24.53.

  • It's official: Rockwood water to cost more

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a 15-percent water rate increase during a Monday morning meeting.

    Effective Feb. 1, it will generate an additional $22,500 a month in water and $19,500 per month in sewer funds.

    Sewer rates are still 150 percent of the water bill — so that side of things will increase, too.

    Officials say the hike amounts to a minimum bill increasing from $21.33 to $24.53.

  • State shuts down TVA gypsum pond

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation was not taking chances when the agency ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The order was issued Dec. 17, just two days after a leak was discovered in the pond.

    “Our primary concern is that the structure is safe,” TDEC communications director Tisha Calabrese-Benton said. “That is the department’s focus as we move forward in investigating this leak, and that is the standard the department will insist on.”

  • Strummers strike a note with Walmart shoppers

    While scrambling for that last-minute Christmas present and navigating the steadily growing crowds at Walmart Supercenter in Rockwood, shoppers may have encountered two guitar-bearing high schoolers.

    For the past two months, Derek “Boomer” Gurney and Gabe Wasdin, both juniors at Roane County High School, have ambled up and down Walmart’s aisles, playing their guitars and chatting up customers.

    “A lot of people actually think we work for Walmart; that we’re hired entertainers, which we’re not” Gurney said.