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Today's News

  • Accused killer found in Miss.

    Mississippi authorities have in custody a man facing murder charges in Roane County for the death of a young woman last October.

    Shawn Smoot was indicted this month by a Roane County grand jury in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Morris and failed to appear for his arraignment on Monday, June 25.

    Morris’ remains were found in October at Blair Road and Old Blair Road.

    Police knew he was in Mississippi and located him about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and Pearl River County sheriff’s deputies.

  • Harvest pays for mission travel

    South Harriman Baptist Church youth are feeding their flock while raising money for a mission trip to Iowa. Youth minister Matt Edwards got the idea of putting in a garden near the church as a fundraiser for the youth group’s mission trip to Iowa in July.

    Church members take the produce off a table at the church and leave a donation.

  • Candidate’s qualifications questioned

    Questions have arisen concerning Dennis Ferguson’s qualifications to run for Roane County road superintendent.    

    “I’ve never known Dennis to build a road,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “Have you?”

    The issue has also been raised by one of Ferguson’s opponents in the Aug. 2 election.

    “There’s some big questions about it,” candidate Brian Mullins said.  

  • Looseleaf laureate: Heat wave? We all need to chill

    Oppressive heat is upon us.

    I spent several years in the deserts of Arizona, so I know a thing or two about extreme heat.

    Out there, we left oven mitts hanging next to certain outside doors because the afternoon summer sun could make door knobs dangerously hot.

    Summer there was like winter here: it was the time you stayed in, took it easy and tried very hard not to over exert yourself.

    With summer temperatures consistently above 100 degrees out there, we learned to take it in stride, even though we longed for cooler days.

  • Vacation Bible School 2012

    Bradbury United Methodist
    “Operation Overboard” is the vacation Bible school theme at Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston. Classes for all ages are from 6 to 8 p.m. July 8-12 in the church at 3506 Buttermilk Road West, Kingston; dinner will be served daily. Call the church office at 376-2990 for details.

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    Church of Christ

  • Church Calendar: June 30-July 1

    SATURDAY, JUNE 30
    • A fundraising concert will be from 4 to 9:30 p.m. in South Harriman Baptist Church at 626 Ruritan Road. Proceeds from the concert will benefit a London mission trip for Three Rivers Community Baptist Church, Kingston. Christian Rock, gospel and contemporary music will be played by Encounter Eternal, Affliction Asylum, Sean Blockley, Rather to be Chosen and Greg Patterson.

  • Howard appointed to St. Andrew’s

    Harry Howard has been appointed by the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee to assume the pastoral responsibilities at St. Andrew’s Church, Harriman.

    Serving in various positions for the Diocese since 2005, Howard has taught courses in systematic theology, moral theology and ascetic theology to deacon postulants who were preparing for the priesthood.

    He was also involved in the lay ministry licensure program, teaching Old and New Testament courses to lay persons seeking credentials to serve the Church in various positions.

  • Clower receives Maryville accolades

    Miranda Clower, a Maryville College junior from Kingston, was presented the Outstanding Spanish Minor Award during the college’s annual Academic Awards Ceremony on the campus of the liberal arts college.

    The Outstanding Spanish Minor Award is presented annually to the student who is minoring in Spanish and shows the best academic performance judged by classroom performance, overall scholarship, study abroad experience and grade-point average.

    Clower, who is majoring in religion at the college, is a 2009 Roane County High School graduate.

  • Rotary goes international at Roane State

    International students attending Roane State Community College visit the Museum of Appalachia with Adolph King, Roane State international education director, and members of the Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

    The three Rotary Clubs sponsored this trip as a service project as part of their continuing efforts to build international goodwill and understanding.

    The students toured the exhibits, heard a presentation and had lunch.

  • Radford University dean's list: spring 2011

    Sarah Caroline Oliver of Kingston has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Radford University.

    Oliver is a junior dance major.

    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.

    Radford University is in Radford, Va.