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Today's News

  • Vice principal arrested again

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna Renee Moore was arrested on Saturday.
    Oliver Springs police charged her with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Moore was booked at the Anderson County Jail.
    According to the incident report, officer Shannon Runyan was dispatched to the skating rink on Tri-County Boulevard late Friday on a complaint that a parent who arrived to pick up their child was possibly intoxicated.

  • Inmates help spruce up Rockwood

    Free labor has done a lot toward freshening the look of Rockwood municipal facilities.
    Fresh green paint is on the walls inside Rockwood City Hall, and new windows for city services are also being installed.
    “There are a lot of things going on to make this a better place,” Councilman Bill Thompson said.
    The paint and windows are just some of the many remodeling tasks tackled with the help of inmates from Morgan County Correctional Facility.
    “I’m really proud our building is beginning to shape up,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • REACH concert a charity fundraiser

    After missing its fundraising goal last year, Operation REACH is starting early in 2013.
    “That’s what it’s going to take,” President Jane Ollis said.
    A benefit concert featuring Ten Foot Grave and Site 109 is scheduled at Midway High School on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Butler, the school resource officer for Midway, said the concert is free, but donations for REACH are appreciated. 
    “Everyone is welcome,” he said.

  • Woody issues tax-rate warning

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has expressed concerns that an increase in the county’s property tax rate could hurt its chances to recruit industry.
    The rate is currently $2.18 per $100 valuation.
    The rate could rise this year with the school system facing a budget shortfall.
    At the same time, school and county officials are looking to beef up security at the schools.

  • Spring Into Action with upcoming seminar on issues affecting seniors

    Spring Into Action, a free six-week senior- and community-focused educational event, will kick off April 3 with an American Red Cross presentation on senior disaster preparedness.

    The seminar will begin at noon each Wednesday through May 8 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Those attending are encouraged to bring a bag lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.

  • The Garden Gate: Palms continue to hold great symbolism

    Many are the legends about palm trees.

    One says that Jesus commanded a palm tree to bend down so He could pick dates for his mother, and He promised to bless it. When He entered Jerusalem in triumph, it was a palm branch in His hand as the people cried, “Hosannah.”

    As we come to the observance of Palm Sunday with its jubilant atmosphere of “Hosannah and welcome,” it is interesting to note that the waving of palm branches in processions is a custom of great antiquity and significance.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 20

    25 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Souther 71st

    Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Souther will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary on March 22.

    The couple was married on March 22, 1942, in Chatsworth, Ga. Their family said they have had a great life and still live indepedently at ages 92 and 87.

    Their children and spouses are Joan and Dan Runyon, and Brad and Tanya Souther.

    Grandchildren and spouses are Kevin Keith, Shannon Runyon, Adam and Pam Souther, and Ashley and Jason Harris.

    There are three great-grandchildren: Hunter and Zoe Runyan, and Whitley Harris.

  • Mamie’s 100 and loving life
  • OUR OPINION: Pinkerton sets professionalism bar at Kingston

    The announcement of Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton’s retirement leaves us with mixed feelings.
    He has earned the opportunity to give up the working world and spend his free time as he sees fit.

    For that, we are happy for him and his wife, Wanda.

    On the other hand, it saddens us to think of Kingston city government without him.

    Pinkerton has been with Kingston for 12 years. He has done an excellent job advising and executing the demands of the city council and managing and taking care of city employees.