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Today's News

  • Hotel/motel tax gets a nod

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A decision to implement a 5 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax in the city of Kingston is moving forward.

    Kingston City Council voted 4-1 in favor of implementing the tax, with Councilman Brant Williams opposing.

    “This will adversely affect businesses,” Williams said.

    The tax increase would mean that guests who stay in one of the city’s four hotels would be paying a total of 19.5 percent in taxes.

    This includes the state tax, the county tax and the new city tax.

  • Week One not good to Kingston

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Maybe week two will be better than week one for the Kingston Yellow Jackets.

    Last week, the Jackets opened their season with four straight losses. The first two losses came against district foe Loudon, loss No. 3 was at county rival Rockwood then the Jacket lost their opening round contest of the 2008 Roane County Tournament against McMinn Central by a 12-2 margin.

    Kingston did play well early on against the Chargers and actually held a lead after two innings of play.

  • Harriman rallies past Coalfield

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    When the Harriman Blue Devils traveled to Coalfield last May, Andy Adcox’s squad ended the Yellow Jackets season with a 13-6 victory in the opening round of the Region 2-A Tournament.

  • Runaway car hits man

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A Roane County man was run over after he tried to stop a car carrying three children from rolling down a hill.

    The incident happened on Wednesday around 7 p.m. on Watson Lane, according to Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigator Greg Scalf.

    Scalf said three children ranging in ages from 7 to 8 were in a car when it was knocked out of gear and started rolling down a hill.

    Steven Mead reportedly tried to stop the car from rolling and was run over.

  • Grant 'effectively doubles' department

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston Fire Department got the go-ahead to hire six much-needed additional firefighters by the city council Tuesday.

    The fire department will be able to afford the six, thanks to a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emer-gency Response grant for $592,635 from the Department of Homeland Security.

    “We’re pretty much doubling our department,” Lt. Eddie Lintz said.

  • Midway girls cruise past Oakdale

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    Even with a complete change in the coaching staff, the Midway Lady Green Waves appeared to pick up where they left off last season. The Lady waves ripped Oakdale 13-0 Monday afternoon in the opening game of the 2008 softball season.

  • Lady Jackets knock off Rockwood

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    When Kingston ace lefty Reiley Isham graduated last season, a big hole was left in Kingston’s line-up but it appears as if freshman Jessica Korb is more than capable of filling the void.

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: Covenant to take over Roane Medical Center

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A full house of Roane Medical Center employees breathed a sigh of relief and applauded following Tuesday's unanimous Harriman City Council vote to go forward with a lease purchase agreement with Covenant Health System.

    "We have ensured the longtime quality of healthcare for the citizens of Harriman and also citizens of Roane County," Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Harriman knocks off Cumberland, 6-3

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With all nine starters back from last year’s sectional team, the Harriman Blue Devils are looking for big things in 2008.

    Harriman opened the season with a big win Monday as Andy Adcox’s squad knocked off Class AAA opponent Cumberland County, 6-3.

  • Rockwood wins season opener

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    With eight starters returning from last year’s team that finished third in the state in Class A, the Rockwood Tigers are hoping for even more in 2008. The Tigers took the first step toward that goal Monday with a season-opening, 8-5 victory over Class AAA foe Rhea County.