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Today's News

  • Facebook posts cost Ellis seat

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis used Facebook to rally support against the property tax rate increases that were passed earlier this year. 
    That didn’t sit well with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who didn’t recommend Ellis for another term on the budget committee.
    “Randy served, and he served well,” Woody said. “Randy did, however, try to rally a group for the public hearing on the blogs and Facebook, and I didn’t appreciate that.”

  • Earthquake danger still a question

    Is there an earthquake threat in East Tennessee?
    Robert D. Hatcher Jr. a University of Tennessee professor in tectonics and structural geology, said there is — but the level of the threat requires more research.
    “We don’t know what the level of hazard is. We think that at least magnitude 6.5 earthquakes have occurred in East Tennessee, not necessarily under Douglas Lake, or what is now Douglas Lake. It could have occurred anywhere. We just happened to find evidence out there,” Hatcher said at a recent conference in Oak Ridge.

  • Police Explorers program coming to Kingston

    The Kingston Police Department has launched a youth program that may help shape future officers.
    The new Police Explorers post will be chartered with the Boy Scouts of America.
    Matthew Sackett, the adviser for Explorer Post 376, is a former explorer himself.
    He has spent about a year and a half working in the reserves and getting the co-ed program, dedicated to young people aged 14-20, started in Kingston.
    The job wasn’t as easy as it may have appeared.  Sackett wrote bylaws and codes of conduct and gathered medical forms and waivers.

  • Gala to benefit old Roane Courthouse

    Interested in Roane County history? The place to be on Saturday, Oct. 1, is the newly restored courtroom of the historic Roane County Courthouse. 
    This year the Roane County Heritage Commission Gala in honor of the historic courthouse will celebrate the completion of the most recent phase of restoration work.

  • Free hot dog luncheon kicks off ’11 Roane United Way campaign

    Roane County United Way will kick off its 2011-12 campaign on Sept. 20 with a free hot dog lunch at Kingston City Park.

    A goal of $400,000 has been set for the 2011-12 “Make a Difference — Live United” campaign.

    The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.

    The program will start at about noon with featured speaker Alex A. “Bo” Shafer.

  • Lions to benefit from 5k run, walk

    Kingston Lions Club’s annual Moonlight for Sight 5k run and walk along the Kingston riverfront is planned for the evening of Oct. 1.

    The event at Fort Southwest Point is the organization’s second fundraiser of the year.

    Walkers will start at 8:30 p.m., with runners following at 9.

    A certified race timer will be on hand, and prizes will be awarded in all age categories,

    Participants will receive a T-shirt. Refreshments and door prizes will follow the event.

  • Class teaches how to grow groceries

    “Grow Your Own Groceries From Seed to Shelf” is the topic of the next free community workshop offered by the University of Tennessee Master Gardeners of Roane County.

    The Sept. 24 workshop will be led by  Roane County Extension Agent Grant Palmer,  Anderson County Extension Agent Heather Guinn and area Master Gardeners.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 14

    25 Years Ago
    Camel Manufacturing, a Kingston sewing company, announced plans to permanently close its facility. The government contract for tents was not renewed, forcing the layoff of 60 employees.

    10 Years Ago

  • Let cassia spice up your day

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    We cannot really know what was the first spice known and used by humans, but most authorities on the subject agree that it most probably was cassia or, as it is now known, Chinese cinnamon bark.

    Ancient records have proven it was used before 2700 B.C. It is still one of the most important and most widely used of spices today.

  • Barnes-Fink

    David and Melinda Barnes of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Krista Barnes, to Tim Fink.

    He is the son of Jerry and Wilma Black of Rockwood and Jeff Fink of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 in Lee Village Baptist Church in Harriman. A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.