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Today's News

  • 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.

    Dennis R. Houston, traffic control device Dec. 10, 2009. Traffic ticket paid March 26.

    Jimmie C. Mabe, speeding Oct. 26, 2009. Dismissed March 26, traffic school.

    Jimmie C. Mabe, financial responsibility Oct. 26, 2009. Dismissed March 26, cost to state.

    Robert Q. McCullough, financial responsibility Jan. 11. Dismissed March 26, cost to state. Ruling: proof of insurance.

  • Kingston United Methodist plans service for those suffering from loss

    Christmas can be a painful time for some.

    It may be the first Christmas without loved family members who have recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

    Kingston United Methodist Church hopes to reach out to such individuals with a special Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness.

    The service will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the church sanctuary at 212 W. Church St., Kingston.  

  • Students sought to design logo for Kingston library

    Kingston Public Library will award a $100 grand prize to the winning entry in a logo design contest.

    The contest, which seeks a new logo for the library, is open to elementary, middle and high school students attending Kingston, Midtown and Midway schools.

    Submissions need to be taken to the library by Jan. 5.

    Contact Steve Jacks, director of library services, or Diana Cash, assistant director, at 376-9905 or directorkpl@comcast.net.

  • Winter storm forecast; officials advise preparation

    November’s Indian Summer is a distant memory.

    Winter is here.

    With a spell of sub-freezing temperatures under our belts and a winter storm system rolling into East Tennessee this weekend, the general consensus is to prepare — whether it be your car, your home or yourself.  

  • Local link to Congress closes

    Outgoing U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis was known for his accessibility to the public, particularly to the veterans in his district.

    The local offices, including the one in Rockwood, where many a veteran has successfully sought help gaining benefits or the medals they deserved, will be closing this week as Davis’ term draws to a close, according to his spokesman, Tom Hayden.

    Beth Hickman, Rockwood’s field representative for Davis, was recently hired at the Roane Alliance to serve as the CEO’s executive assistant.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Remembrances of some cold, cold winters

    Despite the date on the calendar, the darkness of winter has enveloped us and unusually cool December temperatures have us wondering:

    Will this be another winter of ’93? And for those of us who go back a little longer, we may wonder if this is another winter of ’77 or ’78.

    The winter of 1993 was my first full winter in Chicago. It felt less like a season than a lesson in suffering. Lake Michigan froze over so badly that shipping had to cease and the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking vessels could not make a dent in it.

  • Lawyer foreclosing on Houston property

    A foreclosure sale has been scheduled next month on property the Houston family put up to secure the legal services of Cleveland attorney James Logan.

    In 2006, brothers Rocky and Leon Houston were accused of murdering a Roane County sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along friend.

    Logan defended Leon during two trials, one that ended with a hung jury and the other in full acquittal. Logan is the beneficiary on a deed of trust on four tracts of Houston land.

  • Local man has part in special Heartland production

    Christmas is the season to nestle close to family sharing the warmth of love and merriment.

    A special production of The Heartland Series airing Wednesday, Dec. 15, with the help of a Harriman native, shares a story of a young soldier who thinks he gets to do just that.

     The soldier is visiting his family on furlough during the holidays in December 1941 — only to have to return to duty early because Pearl Harbor is bombed.

  • Christmas Murder Mystery
  • EnergySolutions had tax lien

    A state tax lien was filed against EnergySolutions earlier this year.
    “Anytime the state of Tennessee files a tax lien, it is because of a delinquent taxpayer,” Sara Jo Houghland, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Revenue, said.
    EngerySolutions is a nuclear services company headquartered in Salt Lake City.
    The company wants to import radioactive waste from Germany to its Bear Creek facility in Roane County.