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Today's News

  • Kingston rejects alcohol sales for special events

    Following several months of discussion, Kingston City Council will not be considering special event alcohol permits anytime soon.

    The body had mulled possibly voting on an as-yet undrafted ordinance which could potentially allow special event alcohol permits to be considered by Council on a case-by-case basis.

  • Harriman police say man forced to withdraw money

    Harriman Police Department are investigating a possible abduction after being called to the Check Into Cash at 1826 Roane State Hwy. around 3:27 p.m. Wednesday.

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico said the 911 call came out that two men were in the Check Into Cash and one looked endangered.

    Victim Arvil Daugherty indicated he wanted the police to be called. The 911 caller said there was also people in a car outside who were possibly armed.

    Officials said Daugherty was being taken around to get money.

  • Barbecue latest Kingston event for Ethan Guinn

    The Kingston community continues to rally around Ethan Guinn, the Roane County High School senior diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in late January. Sunday afternoon was another show of support as a barbecue fundraiser was held at Kingston City Park to help the Guinn Family with expenses.

    “It’s important for me to help them out,” said Kenny Barding, organizer of Sunday’s event. “The Guinn family is a friend of mine. My daughter, Bailey, and Ethan are best friends.

  • Former lieutenant governor in town
  • Hear about garden toad habitat at free session

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series on March 11.

    The session begins at noon in the UT Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    This session will be “Garden Toad Habitat” with Certified Master Gardener Marlin Helms.

    This is an ongoing series on the second Saturday of each month.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

  • OFF the CUFF: Practicing patience for April’s arrival

    If patience is indeed a virtue, I’m not terribly virtuous.

    I want what I want when I want it. It’s why I order light ice in my coffee at drive-thrus. I don’t want to wait for it to cool; I want to drink it now.

    The latest obstacle in my path to instant gratification comes in the form of Mother Nature and a giraffe gravid with calf.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The sick usually aren’t to blame for being sick!

    As long-time readers know, the old curmudgeon is well and truly fixed in the status of octogenarianism, and as such he has had ample opportunity to observe the various vagaries of human nature, much of which he has come to understand and appreciate, but there is one aspect which not only puzzles him, but angers him, and that is the attitude so many of our fellows have toward sickness, those afflicted with illness or disability.

  • Kingston man accused of setting home on fire

    Jonathan D. Grizzell, a 39-year-old Kingston man, is accused of setting his house on fire and trying to file a false insurance claim.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month on charges of arson and attempted insurance fraud.

    He declined to comment on the charges when contacted late last week.

    “You need to speak with my attorney,” he said.

    The Kingston Fire Department responded to a fire at Grizzell’s 1511 Kathy Circle residence on Oct. 5, 2016.

  • Harriman cracking down on messiness

    Harriman officials have been cracking down on unkempt properties around the city.

    Mayor Wayne Best said voters asked him for help with cleaning up properties during his campaign last year.

    He’s been taking the requests seriously, driving around and looking at properties that have been identified as in need of clean up.

    “It is already looking better. We just need to get the word out that we have took it long enough, and we aren’t taking it any more. We’re taking you to court,” said Best.

  • DOE bus tours underway for ’17 season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tours are underway through Nov. 27.

    The tour offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The reservation-wide tour is a popular destination for tourists visiting the area.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted more than 40,000 visitors from all 50 states.