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Today's News

  • Rains celebrates 90th birthday

    Johnnie “MaMaw” Rains celebrated her 90th birthday on Feb. 15 with a party given by her children, Jerry, Susan and Mike, in Victory Baptist Church, Kingston.

    She celebrated with relatives and friends and thanks those who attended to make it a special day.

    Rains has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Three Rockwood girls tapped for Miss Junior Pre-Teen contest

    Rockwood’s Kayli McNeal, Brittney Miles and Taylor Slaven are among those selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Junior Pre-Teen Knoxville/Chattanooga competition on March 16.

    McNeal and Slaven are students at Ridge View Elementary School. Miles is a freshman at Rockwood High School.

    McNeal is the daughter of Aundria McNeal and Kenny McNeal. Her grandparents are Bobby and Karen Grant, and Kenny McNeal and Lorene Fritts.

    She have five brothers, A.J. McNeal, Grant McNeal, Noah McNeal, Trevin True and Cody True.

  • New handbook discusses senior resources

    The Tennessee Bar Association has released “The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors,” a new resource designed to help Tennesseans better understand federal and state benefits, new health care laws and a wide range of other issues of importance to older citizens.

  • Class for caregivers scheduled

    A free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will begin March 5 in Mid-East Community Action Agency at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    The course will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday through April 9.

    It will be facilitated by Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leaders Kyra Clements and Amber Jacks.

    Class size is strictly limited, and preregistration is required by contacting Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 26

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Cablevision hoped to give Roane County subscribers their money’s worth. While the company had to raise rates by $4 per month to offset increasing operational costs, it planned to offer eight new cable channels to subscribers. Manager Roger Rule said the channels, based on customers’ requests, included TNT, The Nostalgia Channel, CNN Headline News, Arts and Entertainment, The Weather Channel, Home Shopping Network, VH-1 and MTV. A new premium channel, The Disney Channel, was also available for an extra $6.95 per month.

  • School prayer push more about power than it is blessings

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    Never say die.

    That must be the motto of politicians, religious leaders and school leaders who keep pushing for state-sponsored prayers in public schools more than 50 years after the Supreme Court struck down the practice as a violation of the Establishment clause of the First Amendment.

  • Kingston expanding solar presence

    The city of Kingston and Energy Source Partners LLC signed a contract this week which begins the process for the second phase of solar energy production in Kingston.

    In this agreement Energy Source Partners agrees to lease city property located on James Ferry Road in Kingston on property formerly used by the Kingston Water Department.

    They plan to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an electricity grid-connected photovoltaic solar power system with a generating capacity rated at approximately 200 kWdc.

  • Rockwood sets sights on enclosing community pool

    Rockwood’s plans to use TVA funds to enclose the city’s community pool isn’t a forgotten goal — even though the funds have been reallocated to other projects.

    Mayor James Watts said Rockwood officials, as well as swim team leader Cassandra Dothard, have been working with others, including Roane State officials, to seek out grants and other funds for the project.

    Barbara Smith had her own demographic in mind when she spoke up in support.

  • Upgrades planned for Gertrude Porter Park

    Kingston’s newest city park is an old one.

    But it will be as good as new, once planned renovations are finished.

    Roane County officials moved to deed Gertrude Porter Park to the city of Kingston at a February meeting.

    The park, off Hwy. 58 near the confluence of the Tennessee and Clinch rivers, currently has a number of athletic and related amenities, including a baseball field and playground.

    But it could use some work.

  • Motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 70 wreck first 2014 fatality

    A Knox County man was killed in a Feb. 21 wreck in Roane County.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Rick W. Berry was riding a Honda VF1 motorcycle on Hwy. 70 near Gallaher Road around 4:40 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert.

    Berry, 62, was wearing a helmet.

    No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

    Emergency records painted a desperate scene.

    The E-911 report said Berry was found unconscious with blood coming out of his mouth.