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Today's News

  • Everybody loves a parade
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane does up Christmas right

    Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to give thanks for what we have.

    All around Roane County during the past few weeks, I saw great examples of people and organizations giving thanks and helping others.

    With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror it’s now time to look toward the Christmas holidays. A lot of events are planned to celebrate the winter holidays, including the Christmas parades in Kingston, Harriman Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane does up Christmas right

    Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to give thanks for what we have.

    All around Roane County during the past few weeks, I saw great examples of people and organizations giving thanks and helping others.

    With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror it’s now time to look toward the Christmas holidays. A lot of events are planned to celebrate the winter holidays, including the Christmas parades in Kingston, Harriman Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

  • GLIMPSES: Glimpses from a lame-duck era

    By Mark Banker

    Since the November election, mixed signals and contradictory messages from our president-elect have bewildered Americans of almost every political persuasion.

    For a few more weeks, we should all take a deep breath and recall that the lame-duck period between election and inauguration days is a longstanding feature of our uniquely American system of government that has often roused anxieties.

  • Look who’s new to Roane
  • WELCOME to the FAMILY

    Jerry Duncan Ford Lincoln and Sexton Automotive Group have been competitors for decades.

    All that changed last Monday, when Duncan Family Automotive Group purchased the Sexton GM dealership.

    “We’re excited,” Duncan Family Automotive Group owner Marty Duncan said. “Our business has really been growing, both at our Ford store here in Harriman (Jerry Duncan Ford Lincoln) and our store in Knoxville (Duncan Automotive).

  • What’s the SCORE? by Dana Peterka: Alternate currencies a valuable tool in negotiations

    When I conduct the Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business workshop at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, the first thing we address is that people are negotiating all the time.

    In addition to your suppliers and customers, think about your children and other family members, your coworkers and other employees, etc.

    One of the things that workshop participants focus on is the concept of alternate currencies.

    Alternate currencies are those things which cost you little but may have significant value to the buyer.

  • Service & Sacrifice
  • THP busts fugitive, driver on drug charges

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol drug fund got a boost this month, thanks to an out-of-state fugitive Trooper Robert Woody arrested in Roane County.

    Reonoppolis D. Taylor was a passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer that Woody stopped on Interstate 40 on Nov. 5. Digital scales, methamphetamine, rubber bands, a spoon with burn marks and a drug needle were reportedly found in the vehicle. Taylor also had $1,015 in cash in his front pocket.  

  • Puckett sentencing reset for Oct. 2017

    It could be next fall before a Kingston woman finds out how much time she’ll have to spend in federal prison for her role in a pill mill case.

    Stephanie Puckett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone last year.

    She was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 13, but the hearing was reset on Monday to Oct. 10, 2017.

    According to court records, Puckett worked at several pain clinics in and around Knoxville from mid-2012 to March 2015.