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Today's News

  • Library, United Way to promote literacy with puppet shows, stories

    Kingston Public Library will host Roane County United Way’s Day of Action on June 21 to promote literacy in imaginative, fun ways.

    The free event from 9 a.m. to noon in the library at 1004 Bradford Way, will include puppet shows, storytime and prizes.

    Activities start with a 4-H bug program at 9. Puppet shows at 9:30 and 10:30 will focus on sun and stranger safety, and the United Way’s storytime at 10 will be “Love You Forever.”

  • Holocaust survivor to speak at library

    Kingston Public Library and Roane Writers Group will present “A Hidden Child” on June 20 as part of the Thursdays at the Library program.

    Sonja DuBois, who was born in the Netherlands and became an orphan at 22 months, will share her experiences during and after the Holocaust.

    The free program will begin at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    A reception will follow.Call 376-9005 for details.

  • Ham radio operators to meet for Field Day

    Roane County amateur radio operators will give a public demonstration of emergency communications during annual Field Day exercises June 22-23  at Fort Southwest Point , Kingston.

    Despite the Internet, cellphones, email and modern communications, whole regions of the world find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber-optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

    In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio.

  • The Garden Gate: Breathe easier by ramping up your daily intake of garlic

    Garlic is a member of the Alium family, which includes onions, leeks, shallots and chives.

    It is related to the flowering Amaryllis — the name of which is derived from the ancient Latin word for garlic.

    As a genus, garlic includes several hundred species, some of them native to most of North America. It is also native to central Asia and was introduced to the rest of the world by early immigrants.

  • Tighter security at Secret City Fest

    Visitors to the Secret City Festival will experience tighter security measures and maybe a few delays when entering the concerts this year, all in the name of safety.

    No backpacks or coolers will be allowed into the concert site, and all bags will be subject to search.  Visitors should expect delays if carrying in anything that needs to be searched.

    Organizers suggest festival attendees only bring their concert tickets, money for food, an ID to buy or consume beer and a chair for the concerts.

  • ACAC enjoys Greeneville

    By CHIP FISCHER
    Special to the News

  • Dixie Youth tourneys start Friday

    Friday night will be a big night for area youth league baseball players as the start of Dixie Youth postseason play begins in two age groups.
    A total of two Dixie Youth west sub-district tournaments will begin with teams from Roane County playing in  Rockwood and Spring City.
    A Tournament
    The Dixie Youth A sub-district tournament for ages 5-6 will take place in Rockwood.
    A total of seven teams will battle it out in Rockwood with a total of three games being played on Friday.

  • Hoops galore at Roane State camp
  • Marriage licenses: Dec. 5-31, 2012

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Dec. 5-31:
    • Gerald Wayne Boatwright to Chasity Lynn Hill Herrell

    • Richard Anthony Simpkins Jr., to Amy Marie Thorburn Spiker

    • Joshua Paul Gibbs to Katrina Luanne Moser

    • David Roger Jordan to Melissa Lynn Hensley

    • Mark Franklin Gibson to Crystle Renee Clark Rodriguez

    • Travis Justin Moore to Christina Nichole Cox Moore

  • Births: April 30-May 22, 2013

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    April 30 — Jackie and Bryan Scarborough, Rockwood. A boy, Riley Maddox, 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents: Christopher Scarborough and Emmy Scarborough; Glen and Emmalyn Diaz.

    May 1 — Cora and John Michael Walker, Kingston. A boy, Aiden Riley, 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Sibling: Maelee Jolene. Grandparents: Jane Walker; Allen Walker; Eddie Ray Jordan II.