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Today's News

  • Brycelyn Steven Hennager

    Brycelyn Steven Hennager celebrated his third birthday on Sept. 11.

    He celebrated with a self-chosen fire-truck-themed party in Destin, Fla. His family said they felt this was a fitting tribute to those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.

    He is the son of Steven and Krystal Hennager of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are David and Carolyn Thomas of Rockwood and Ronnie and Tina Hennager of the Westel community near Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents are Gene and Marthalee

  • Samantha Taylor and Savannah Taylor

    Twin sisters Samantha and Savannah Taylor celebrated their fourth birthday on Aug. 17 in Michigan.

    They are the daughters of Kyle and Tamala Taylor of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Duane and Karen Sherman of Michigan, and Nancy Taylor of Rockwood and the late Bob Taylor.

    The twins have a sister, Natasha; and a brother, Nickolas.

  • Arrests

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

    Sept. 21 – Timothy Darrell Francis, 32, 215 Orchard Road, Kingston: DUI, violation implied consent law, leaving scene of accident, fail to give proof of insurance, failure to appear and driving on revoked/suspended license. Total bond $8,750; court date Dec. 12.

    • Bradley David Manis, 41, 417 Clifty St., Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Oct. 24.

  • The newspaper myth dispelled, once and for all

    By WILLIAM E.N. HAWKINS
    National newspaper week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.

    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain healthy.

    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.

    While overall revenues are down, so are expenses and most newspapers remain profitable. 

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Doesn’t every office have a demonic clown?

    The people who work in the newspaper business are a lot like everybody else.

    Some are a little quirkier, though. Take Sam Dunn, one of our pressmen.

    Sam, a Harriman resident, is tall, bearded and strong — I guess you’d call him a man’s man.

    Yet a couple of weeks ago, when he found a hummingbird tangled up in cobwebs in the pressroom, Sam showed the gentle side so many of us have come to know.

    He carefully removed the exhausted bird from its accidental trap.

  • Kingston workers get ‘evac’ insurance

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After a moment’s uncertainty, Kingston City Council decided to allow the whirlybirds of Air Evac Lifeteam whisk city employees to safety — in the event of catastrophe.

  • Corn maze distills learning

    Rolling green hills and the smell of cut grass make for the perfect playground.

    That’s just what people can find at Windrock Valley Farms corn maze on Old Harriman Highway near Oliver Springs.

    The maze opened for the first time to the general public Saturday under a brilliant blue sky. Business kicked off to a brisk start.

    “There is probably 30 or so so far, and we’ve only been open an hour,” said Amy Haney, who owns the farm with her husband, Wade.

  • High school pride
  • Midway Middle stuns Bobcats, 36-22

    In the biblical story of David and Goliath, David defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone. 

  • Karate Promotions