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Today's News

  • Search community for schools director, audience requests

    Turnout at the public hearing for the director of Roane County Schools search was a small group, but one sentiment stood out.

    That was to interview all those from Roane County who applied.

    “I was a little disappointed when I read in the newspaper that we took a vote and decided that we weren’t going to  interview all the people in Roane County that are teachers or principals or whatever they are that wanted to interview for this job,” said Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier.

  • Kingston travel team opens season
  • Lady Devils open season with big win

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils opened the 2012 softball season with a big victory on Monday as Travis Langley's squad downed visiting Oliver Springs at Flour Mill Flats, 4-3.

  • Lady Jackets pound Sequoyah in opener, 16-0

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets came within one game of making the TSSAA Class AA State Tournament last season, and if Monday is any indication, Ronnie Ladd’s squad will be making a run at Murfreesboro again this season as Kingston crushed Sequoyah in the season opener for both teams, 16-0.

  • Kingston land taxes may go up for city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council members believe they may have their building — and their bargain — for a new city hall.

    If they elect to push forward now, the next step may be considering whether to raise taxes to pay for it all.

    Council moved on March 6 to place a motion on its March 13 agenda to purchase the Kingston Medical Plaza as the site of its new city hall.

  • Veterans lobby for VA hospital in old Harriman facility

    A veterans hospital in Harriman would be a tremendous benefit for area veterans who now travel about two and a half hours for treatments they cannot get at local VA clinics.

    That is why veteran Tommy True would like to see Roane Medical Center’s current location be turned into a veterans hospital once the facilities’ operations are moved to the new Midtown facility under construction by Covenant Health.

  • Film students get ET community lessons while honing their skills

    Roane State Community College students spending their days creating and editing programming for a new show on local cable access Channel 15 in Harriman aren’t merely learning the ins and outs of making video.

    Instead, in their Topics in Camera Production and TV Studio Production I classes, students are learning more about the community in which they live as they select topics for three episodes to be called “Scenic Backroads.”

  • Kingston may act on one-hour parking around courthouse

    By Mike Gibson
    Parking around the Roane County Courthouse may be limited to one hour by Kingston City Council on Tuesday.

    Last week, the council placed an ordinance on the March 13 agenda to change all parking around the courthouse to one-hour parking.

    The ordinance is in answer to complaints from business owners, courthouse visitors and law enforcement alike over current parking rules.

    Presently, parking in the area is a hodgepodge ranging from 15-minute spots to non-regulated.

  • Woman flees to avoid arrest

    Geneva Ann Sargent was arrested March 1 at her 102 Harrison Lane home in Ten Mile after evading arrest on active warrants.

    Sargent, 26, “took off running into the woods behind the trailer” with 45-year-old Kelvin Ray Sargent after seeing Officer Brandon Smith, according to a report from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “I pursued both suspects on foot through the woods and caught both of them on Woodlawn Drive,” the report said.

  • Arrests: Feb. 24-March 1, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 24 — Ronnie Lee Davidson, 30, 305 Walnut Grove Road, Kingston: theft. Bond $2,000; court date Feb. 27.

    • Timothy Adam Dopel, 25, 214 Pine Ridge Road, Clinton: attachment. Bond $1,500; court date April 11.

    • Terry Lee Dotson, 62, 472 Poplar Springs Road, Kingston: domestic assault. Bond $5,000; court date April 16.