Today's News

  • OUT to LUNCH: Gibson Girls a great place to celebrate a 92nd birthday

    This recent “Out to Lunch” adventure was a celebration of the 92nd birthday of Marjorie Hicks, formerly of Rockwood and now living at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston.

    Her appearance and personality makes it hard to believe she is not in her 70s.

    She moved to Rockwood when she was 7 years old. Her father, Dave Smith, moved his family from Florida to be a pharmacist at George’s Drug Store, which he later owned.

    Her late husband, Rockwood native Dr. Robert Hicks, was a well-known Rockwood physician for many years.

  • Annual Chamber awards banquet slated April 19

    The annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce banquet, now in its 67th year and considered by many the spring social event for Roane County business and community leaders, will begin at 6 p.m. April 19 in Whitestone Country Inn.

    The banquet includes presentation of the prestigious Business of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Paul Goldberg Young Professional Award and Roane Chamber Woman of the Year Award.

    The festivities begin with a wine reception and silent auction, followed by a four-course meal.

  • TVA Employees Credit Union going up


    Creative Structures Inc. workers lay brick at the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union in Midtown. The facility near Pinnacle Pointe shopping center at Interstate 40 and Hwy. 70 has come along quickly after the ground breaking last fall.


    Rocky Houston couldn’t make up his mind on Friday.

    A hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville to address several motions he filed with the court.

    He initially told U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. he wanted to argue only one, but by the end of the hearing he ended up arguing all of them.

    Houston’s wavering, along with his continued tangents about alleged conspiracies, resulted in a long-winded hearing that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours.   

  • Kingston manager retiring

    Kingston will lose a stalwart come April 26, when city hall staple Jim Pinkerton logs his last hours as city manager.

    Pinkerton turned in his resignation on March 13, the day after the monthly Kingston City Council meeting.

    The announcement, which went out to the mayor and city council members in the form of an official letter, was reportedly a surprise to everyone, and some council members visited his office that day to implore him to reconsider.

    But Pinkerton said he is firm in his decision.

  • Harriman new part of national grant network

    Harriman put aside city money last year in hopes the city might become part of a national grant network that helps non-profit organizations and other grant seekers search for funding resources and other assistance.

    “The city of Harriman has been awarded the Foundation Library which is incredible news,” gushed Sarah McCoin to Harriman City Council last week.

    She said it will essentially serve the Ninth Judicial District and Cumberland County.

  • Calfee: Too busy to be in the spotlight

    Kent Calfee hasn’t made any national headlines during his first few months as a state representative.
    He said that’s been by design and good luck.

    “I’ve just kind of kept my head down and been trying to learn the system,” he said.

    Calfee, a former Democrat, defeated Julia Hurley in last year’s Republican Primary.

    In the General Election, he went on to beat Democrat Jack McNew and Independent Allen Cole in House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

  • Harriman aims to fix saggy floors in Temperance Bldg.

    Harriman’s most historic building is closer to getting desperately needed structural repairs.

    The Temperance Building’s basement and foundation are in poor shape, and work to repair those and a leaking roof have been bid out.

    “The floor is sagging,” said Mike Demyanovich, who serves on a committee committed to restoring the building.

  • Building codes on agenda for Harriman work session

    Harriman City Council will discuss the 2012 International Building Codes with building inspector Maria Nelson during a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    Council members will be voting on ordinances to adopt the 2012 International Building Codes next month.

  • Wearin’ and eatin’ o’ the green


    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, right, dons a green tie and serves up sweet fare to guests such as Kingston Mayor Troy Beets during Woody’s annual St. Patrick’s Day reception Friday. The county executive had the annual event a couple of days early — St. Patrick’s Day was on Sunday.