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Today's News

  • Kingston ‘agin’ county sales tax hike

    If Roane County Commission is considering a sales tax hike at its Sept. 8 meeting, Kingston City Council members have gone on record with their opposition to it.

    “I’m agin it; I’m agin it; I’m agin it,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets at the council’s Sept. 2 work session.

    His quote, he said, was nicked from the late Knoxville grocer and politician Cas Walker.

    Roane County Commission has no power to raise the county’s sales-tax rate to 2.75 percent.

  • Collett declares write-in Rockwood candidacy

    Ray Collett has a rough row to hoe if he hopes to win a seat on Rockwood City Council in November.

    The former council member decided to be a write-in candidate for the race after the deadline had passed for submitting qualifying petitions to be in on the ballot.

    “I know it is not going to be easy,” said Collett, who said he was convinced to seek election after he’d received several phone calls and emails asking him to run.

    He’s undaunted, though.

  • OS police officers now wearing body cameras

    Oliver Springs Police Department recently purchased body-worn video systems — or body cameras — and the small cameras are now part of each officer’s uniform in the town.

    The FirstVu HDs from Kansas City-based Digital Ally include 1-inch cameras and 2.5-by-4-inch DVRs that can be worn in a variety of locations.

    Body cameras have garnered a great deal of attention because of several high profile officer-involved shootings across the U.S.

  • The Garden Gate: Wreaths are reminders of never-ending circle

    The circle is an ancient symbol for eternity.

    A circle has no beginning — and no end. Wreaths and wedding rings express this symbol.

    Pliny wrote a book, “Natural History” in ancient times. From that, we learn the many market gardens of Athens supplied the city with flowers, vegetables and wreaths.

    The flowers were raised mainly for garland and wreath makers. They formed a distinct trade.

    Wreaths were an important part of every festive occasion in ancient times. They were used to adorn statues and altars.

  • Nominations sought for state arts awards

    The Tennessee Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards.

    The awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts. They recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to cultural life.

    “The awards provide an opportunity to recognize the state’s rich cultural heritage, and reward creative excellence in the arts,” said Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

  • Family fun planned at Bethel fall festival

    Family-oriented fun for all ages is on tap at Bethel Presbyterian Church’s annual fall festival.

    This year’s festival will be on Sept. 20, with breakfast, marketplace, live entertainment, children’s activities, café and fried pies.

    All proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Michael Dunn Center, Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior nutrition program and Second Harvest Food Bank’s backpack program.

    The church is at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • Arrests: Sept. 10-14, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 10 — Barbara Rachel Abston, 19, 244 W. Vanderbilt, Oak Ridge: domestic assault. No bond listed; court date Oct. 27.

    • Stephanie Marie Armstrong, 29, 225, Kelly Lane, Lenoir City: court/hold only. No bond or court date listed.

    • Adam Clint Baker, 32, two counts violation of probation. Total bond $3,000; court date Nov. 3.

  • General Sessions Court: April 28, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 28 — Bobby D. Dagley, failure to appear, probation violation: dismissed.

    • Gill Thomas, driving while license suspended: guilty; amended to driving without license.

    • Jason Masengil, failure to appear: dismissed; cost to defendant. Two counts failure to appear: dismissed. Driving while license suspended: guilty; amended to driving without license.

  • Alexander Inn to receive special honor

    Oak Ridge’s Guest House/Alexander Inn is the recipient of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s 2014 Historic Preservation Award.

    The group will present the award to Rick Dover of Family Pride Corp., owner of the Alexander Inn, during a special ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the building’s entrance.

    “We’re going to faithfully restore this building to its original look, from the soda-fountain bar in the lobby to the beautiful wide porch out front,” Dover said.

  • Library Foundation, Choral Society receive state arts grants

    Kingston Library Foundation and Roane Choral Society are among the 26 East Tennessee recipients of Tennessee’s Arts Build Communities grants.

    The Library Foundation is receiving money for the 2014 Roane County Student Writers Anthology, an annual publication of student works determined through a contest of Roane Writers Group.

    Roane Choral Society’s “A Child Again at Christmas” concert is the beneficiary of the funds.