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Today's News

  • Rockwood to look in on elderly

    The Rockwood community was devastated by the hypothermia death of resident Ray Knight during a recent cold snap.

    Officials are keen to try out a new way to help prevent such tragedies in the future.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright and Fire Chief Mike Wertz have come up with a program they call R U Safe, which allows needy elderly to be referred to the city for wellness checks during extreme weather.

    They hope to build a database of all those who might need looking in on.

  • Ren Fair clears city hurdles

    The last government obstacle to a Renaissance Festival in Harriman was handled when the city passed final reading of an ordinance to rezone the property.

    “C2 (commercial) would be a better fit for the Renaissance Festival,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    Nobody opposed the rezoning from open space during a public hearing Tuesday.

    Barrie and Lars Paulson originally wanted to open this summer, but after the late start, decided to move their opening to the fall.

  • Consignment sale also helps food pantry

    Tulle and twinkling sequins covered the walls at the Kingston Community Center last weekend as a charity prom dress sale went on.

    The “Say Yes to the Dress” consignment sale was put on by Roane County High School senior Amber Luttrell.

    Girls from all over the county donated dresses to be sold during the community event.

    These girls are doing more than just getting a little money back; they are also helping Roane County.

  • Watts Bar nuclear work on schedule

    Work on Watts Bar Nuclear Plant’s Unit 2 reactor remains on schedule and on budget, according to TVA.

    The project team has shifted its focus from large-scale construction to completion and testing of individual plant systems.

    TVA this week released its sixth quarterly update on the progress of the Watts Bar 2 project, covering the August-October 2013 period.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Curmudgeonly comments on current events

    This week’s contribution is an admixture of miscellaneous comments, mainly on recent events.

    First there is the contretemps in which Gov. Chris Christie finds himself, and his reaction to it.

  • Hatcher finds second family while serving up country fixin’s

    Ethel Hatcher started working at Cracker Barrel to help her daughter through school.

    She has stayed on more than three decades after she found a second family among the many employees she’s met along the way.

    Hatcher is 80 years old and has been working as a hostess at the country-cooking mainstay in Harriman since 1982.

    The mother of two sons — and then two daughters 14 years later — Hatcher currently works one or two days a week.

  • Hearing postponed for Grill & Pub hopeful

    Roma Christopher didn’t appear before the Roane County Beer Board on Tuesday as scheduled.

    County Attorney Tom McFarland said Christopher’s lawyer contacted him and asked that her beer permit hearing be postponed.

    “We agreed to put it off until the next meeting,” McFarland said. “I want to make sure that everyone understands that when the time comes, there’s no question that they were able to put on their case the way they put it on.”

  • Tax-Aide to offer free tax help in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 4-April 8 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Salvation Bell heading to Roane for courthouse rally

    Since his election as executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2010, Randy C. Davis has crisscrossed the state hundreds of times.

    And 2014 will be no different — except he will be traveling to all 95 Tennessee counties during the next 12 months to lead prayer rallies in or on the steps of each courthouse.

    One of the first of these rallies will be at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • New cross-generational ministry kicks off at Bethel Presbyterian

    Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, welcomes Will Purushotham as the new full-time director of Christian Formation.

    “As the congregation sought to provide Christian education opportunities for all ages, we realized that becoming persons of faith is not just about education in separated age groups but about formation in cross-generational ministry experiences,” said Bethel Pastor Wendy Neff.