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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: With this show, would you give 5¢ to see a circus?

    Gentle reader, those of you who know our old friend William A. Newcomb know that he is a veritable wellspring of pithy sayings and stinging commentaries. One such that we have heard him utter, which we think particularly apropos at this time, is one which he has made when observing a particularly peculiar or outrageous happening, which is: “Why, I wouldn’t pay a nickel to see a circus!” with the implication that the happening is beyond anything one would see under the Big Top.

  • Rockwood police K-9 suited with body armor

    Rockwood Police Department’s K-9 Shadow has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

    K-9 Shadow’s vest is sponsored by VIK9s through the Amazon Smile donor percentage purchases program and embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s Inc.”

    Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c3 charity in East Taunton, Mass.

  • Out to Lunch: Go wild for the fare at Wild Plum Tea Room

    It’s that time of the year when we get to enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the leaves in our area, and particularly in the Smoky Mountains.

    My wife Carol, and I, decided to invite some long-time friends to join us for this “Out To Lunch” adventure in Gatlinburg.

    Going with us on this adventure were Jimmy and Luci Bell; plus Cliff and Sue Nunley. We’ve known them for over 35 years, and readers may remember they have been included in previous “Out To Lunch” articles.

  • Grinding crash claims life of Kingston man

    A Kingston man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash Friday night on Gallaher Road.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Austin Jergen Owens was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed in a 2012 Chrysler 300. He left the right side of the road and struck an embankment.

    “The vehicle then went airborne and struck a tree,” the report said.

    Another driver called 911 around 9:40 p.m. to report the crash.

  • County sheds light on rules

    The unincorporated areas of Roane County are facing some lighting restrictions.

    Roane County Commission unanimously adopted outdoor lighting regulations during the regular monthly meeting on Monday.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said one of the purposes of the resolution is to prevent residents and businesses from shining their lights onto other people’s property.

    “Basically, it’s saying if you’re a business or a resident, your lights can’t escape your property boundaries,” Woody said.

  • Roane salutes VETERANS
  • WATER WORKS

    Roane County has plenty of ways to enjoy the water with its beautiful lakes, rivers and community pools.

    The members of nonprofit Roane Aquatics want to expand those water opportunities with an enclosed pool that would benefit everyone.

    “It is for everyone. I want to be able to swim laps. My kids want to swim and my Mom wants water aerobics,” said Cassandra Dothard.

  • Convicted child rapist wants new trial

    A convicted rapist is seeking judicial relief in Roane County Criminal Court.

    A jury found John Paul Little guilty on four counts of child rape last December.

    “It was pretty bad what he did,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    In March of this year, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Little to 120 years in state prison.

    Little has a hearing scheduled in criminal court on Nov. 20, where he could ask Wicks to set aside his sentence or request a new trial.

  • Meet those who protect and serve in Harriman

    The community has the chance to meet the members of the Harriman Police Department at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16.

    The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Police Chief Derek Pacifico at 6:30 p.m.

    In addition to meeting staff, the community can see the newest patrol cars and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harriman Police Department.

    Light snacks and beverages will be provided by local donations from the community.

  • GUEST column: Apply for ACA coverage today

    The deadline is approaching — don’t delay!

    Open enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance (some call it Obamacare) began Nov. 1 and ends Dec 15.

    Fewer than 40 days remain for enrollment since the federal site, healthcare.gov, closes on Sundays — and we’ll all be busy on Thanksgiving. Many don’t know.

    If you or someone you know needs affordable health insurance for 2018, then the Affordable Care Act in Roane County has plans offered by BlueCross BlueShield.