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Today's News

  • Three county teams in action this week

    Week two of the high school football season is here and once again Roane County fans get a bonus night of football, as one game will again be played on Thursday this week.

    This week's Thursday game will be at Harriman's Wallace Black Field, as the Blue Devils host Wartburg in a non-region contest.

    Two more games will be played on Friday, and both are within Roane County's borders.

    One is a non-region contest with Kingston hosting Cumberland County. The second is a Region 2-2A game with

  • Three county teams in action this week

    Week two of the high school football season is here and once again Roane County fans get a bonus night of football, as one game will again be played on Thursday this week.

    This week's Thursday game will be at Harriman's Wallace Black Field, as the Blue Devils host Wartburg in a non-region contest.

    Two more games will be played on Friday, and both are within Roane County's borders.

    One is a non-region contest with Kingston hosting Cumberland County. The second is a Region 2-2A game with

  • Reception marks Park Service’s centennial anniversary

    In celebration of the National Park Service turning 100 years old, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is planning a combined birthday party and an Art in the Park reception.

    The reception begins at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., downtown Wartburg.

    The National Park Service has been celebrating its impending centennial for more than a year, but Aug. 25 marks the actual day when the National Park Service can claim 100 years of protecting our nation’s most treasured places.

  • AAA: gas prices down, insurance rates up

    According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey, 37 percent of Tennesseans have not reviewed their auto insurance policy with an agent in the past year.

    “Many drivers, even those who have not had a recent crash or have points on their license, have seen their auto insurance rates rise this year,” said Gene Calkins, AAA’s vice president of insurance.

  • GLIMPSES: Thoughts on presidential succession

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    UNPRECEDENTED! Nothing more clearly reflects the American mind in 2016 than our unprecedented use of this adjective and its countless synonyms – exceptional, unparalleled, unique, and so on.

  • ATHLETES STORM THE FORT

    Hundreds of triathletes from across the state and the Southeast gathered under cloudy skies at 58 Landing on the banks of the Clinch River in Kingston Saturday to tackle the Storm The Fort Iron Man triathlon.

    In its fifth year, the combined swimming, biking and running endurance event saw a great turnout, according to Rick Ross, Kingston Parks and Recreation Director.

    About 245 athletes and 10 relay teams had preregistered registered by Thursday night.

    About 300 athletes were participating by the start of the event early Saturday morning, Ross said.

  • Liz Holiway tapped as state GOP elector

    Harriman resident Liz Holiway has been appointed a 2016 presidential elector by the Tennessee Republican party’s State Executive committee.

    Ten individuals were tapped from across the state to meet Dec. 19 and cast their electoral ballots in the House Chamber of the Tennessee Capitol.

    “These people have been instrumental in the success of the Republican Party and we are proud to name them as electors to represent our state,” said Ryan Haynes, Tennessee Republican Party chairman.

  • PEDALING FOR TREES

    Melanie Sherrod admits she knows nothing about trees.

    “But I believe in trees,” the Kingston woman says with conviction.

    The proof is in what will be Sherrod’s fifth STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong event for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) set for Oct. 10-15.

    The 608-mile long trip starts and ends in Charlotte, N.C., Sherrod said, noting that the cyclical trail will go through Sanford, N.C. — hometown of her late husband, Mark — where a tree will be planted in his memory.

  • Deputies say uncle let teens drink

    An uncle was arrested earlier this month after three intoxicated teens, along with empty and partially filled beer cans, were allegedly found at his home.

    Terry L. Brannon, 47, is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, although the teens are all 18 years old.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Hammons responded to 514 Emory Heights Road around 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 13 to investigate a report about unwanted people at the residence.

  • Ferguson leader in campaign fundraising

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson outraised his opponents by a wide margin in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 4 election.

    According to his latest campaign financial disclosure statement, he received $5,350 in contributions from July 1 to July 25.

    His biggest contributors during the period were Steve Kirkham and Robyn Menne. Each gave $1,000.

    Ferguson defeated Tim Clark and Brian Mullins in the election.