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Today's News

  • Harriman fire team keeps children safe in vehicles, too

    That perfectly good looking child-restraint seat that has served you for a while may be a hazard waiting to happen.

    Just ask the Harriman Fire Department. And you can, too, because it holds regular child-restraint safety checkpoints. The department works hard to make sure one of the five certified firefighters is on each shift so anyone stopping by can have their seat checked or installed.

  • Tax bills finally hit the mail

    People who own land in Roane County no longer have to wait to find out how much they owe in property taxes.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said the new tax cards are in the mail.

    “Part of it was taken to the post office yesterday (Monday), and the remainder of it was taken this (Tuesday) morning,” Eblen said, “so everyone should be getting them soon.”
    Normally people would have received the cards around the first of October, but this year’s controversial countywide reappraisal caused a lot of delays.

  • Masons make $50,000 contribution to community

    After selling Masonic Lodge No. 367 , members of the Paint Rock Free and Accepted Masons donated all of their assets, totaling approximately $50,000, to area churches, cemeteries, children’s hospitals and Midway High School.

    Due to the low membership of 27 members of the Paint Rock Masonic Lodge, which was chartered in 1868, and the costliness of upkeep, the lodge was sold to Brian Parks, who plans to convert the building into a grocery and grill, secretary Charlie “Gene” Walker said.

  • TWRC to meet

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will convene for the final time of the calendar year when it meets Dec. 1-2 in Gatlinburg. The meeting will be held at the Clarion Inn and Suites.

  • Jackets split with Wartburg

    Makisha Fuller quite possibly had the performance of her life for the Kingston Lady Jackets Monday night as her 25 points propelled her team to the 60-53 win over the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs. 

  • Bobcats drop two games

    After losing much of their rotation from last year's TSSAA Class A State Tournament team, Tony Ingram's Oliver Springs Bobcats were expected to take their lumps early in the season while a new team got familiar with each other.

  • Lady 'Cats pick up holiday split

    The 2010 Oliver Springs Thanksgiving Classic ended with mixed results over the weekend for the Oliver Springs Lady 'Cats as Michelle Christopher's squad split a pair of games with Clinton and Oak Ridge.

  • THP to conduct license check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Dec. 1 on Hwy. 29 (Pine Ridge Road) in Roane County.

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

  • ‘Nutcracker’ audience urged to give to animals

    “There are days you come into work and you cry because you know you have to put animals down,” said Kayla Morton, Roane County Animal Shelter office manager and kennel assistant.

    “You know you have to make the decision of which animal gets to stay another day or which animal doesn’t get to make it ... and that’s the worst part about working here.”

    The Roane County Animal Shelter receives nearly 100 cats and dogs into the shelter each week with minimal space to accommodate them.

  • Kingston police help give holiday dinner to others

    Christmas is still weeks away, but the spirit of giving is already alive and well in Roane County.

    Hundreds of local families got the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner thanks to that spirit, which was on display Tuesday at Kingston City Park.

    The Kingston Police Department teamed up with Hands of Mercy to hand out boxes of food to those in need.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said the recipients were able to choose either a ham or turkey and got all the fixings to feed a family of six to eight.