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Today's News

  • Wrestling, gospel music back for Labor Day fest

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    This year’s Hooray for Harriman will have all the ingredients that have people returning to Roane Street each year for Labor Day fun.

    Those ingredients include wrestling, and Tennessee Mountain Wrestling will be back at the Labor Day Festival on Monday, Sept. 1.

    Organizer Randy Ellis said the lineup for the wrestling, which begins at 4 p.m. includes K-Town Daddy Terry Landell; WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Bob Orton, father of current WWE wrestler Randy Orton; and former WCW champion Jimmy Golden.

  • Looking for a weekend hike? Try Rugby

    National Park Service rangers from Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are offering weekend hikes in Rugby through the end of September.

    The Meeting of the Waters hike each Saturday is a moderately difficult 2.3-mile loop.

    The trail begins by descending into the Clear Fork River gorge to the historic Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole.

    It continues along the Clear Fork River to the Meeting of the Waters where the Clear Fork is joined by White Oak Creek.

  • Kingston rezoning passes

    If there were any lingering doubts as to why a full house turned out for the Aug. 12 Kingston City Council meeting, they were dispelled when most of the attendees left, en masse, midway through the agenda.

    That was after council members passed the second reading of an ordinance rezoning a 47-acre parcel off North Kentucky Street, clearing a path for a proposed new Kingston Pointe development featuring a car dealership, big-box store and other retail outlets.

  • Kingston, Loudon tie in soccer

     

    The Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team let a win slip away in the closing minutes against Loudon, giving up a late goal to wind up with a 2-2 tie on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon in Kingston. 

  • Lady Devils fall in opener, 3-1

     

    The 2014 season got off to a disappointing start for the Harriman Lady Blue Devils Tuesday evening as Tellico Plains left Roane County with a 3-1 victory.

    There wasn't a lot of scoring opportunities in the first half, but the Lady Bears did manage to take a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 11th minute of play.

  • Football action heats up Friday night

     

    It's been 273 days since a high school football team from Roane County has played a game that matters, but that all changes Friday night as Harriman, Midway Oliver Springs and Rockwood play their opening game of the 2014 season.

  • THP sets sobriety checks in Roane

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct a couple of sobriety checkpoints on Roane County roads in August.

    A sobriety roadside checkpoint is planned for the week of Aug. 24 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge.

    The second sobriety roadside checkpoint will be on the week of Aug. 31 on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the THP.

  • Heritage Commission gala slated Sept. 13

    The annual Roane County Heritage Commission Gala on the Lawn will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    This year’s Heritage Commission honoree will be Eugene Pickel.

    Proceeds from the annual event go toward refurbishing the historic Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

    Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for details.

  • Donation a Leffew tradition

    Siblings Brock and Kiera Leffew of Kingston started a birthday tradition last year, when they asked family and friends to make donations to The Dream Connection in lieu of buying them gifts.

    The tradition continued this year, with party-goers at the siblings’ pool party at Kingston Community Center giving more than $600 — triple last year’s donation — to the charity.

    The Dream Connection is an East Tennessee-based children’s charity that fulfills dreams of children who are faced with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses.

  • ‘Pliny’ author to speak at library

    Kingston native Myra Humphrey will present her children’s book, “Pliny the Mouse,” during Kingston Public Library’s next Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Seeking shelter from the cold, Pliny embarks on a fictitious grand adventure that’s based on a true account of an incident at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Characters in the “Pliny” story share similarities with church organist Nancy Skidmore and Pastor Sonny Works.