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Today's News

  • Area coaches join forces for football camp

    Normally when Rockwood head coach John Webb, Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett, and Cherokee head coach Brian Pankey get together on the football field there usually isn’t a lot of sharing of ideas as their number one goal is to pick up a victory on the gridiron.

  • Plenty to do at Roane County Park

    Looking for something outside to do, but you don’t have a lot of money? Look no further than Roane County Park in Midtown as the park has a lot of outdoor activities to keep you busy and most are free.

  • Kingston declared victor in annexation battle with Harriman

    The Tennesee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston's 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal, overturning an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    "I am beyond happy," Beets said.

    “It's something that those of us who have been on the council for a while have been involved with,” he added.

  • Floods highlight need for coverage

    Recent flooding in Tennessee underscored a painful truth: flooding is America’s most common natural disaster — and the cost of cleanup and repair is huge.
    Everyone’s property is in danger of flooding to one extent or another. Yet homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover flood damage.
    There is a solution.
    The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers federally backed coverage to property owners and renters in nearly 400 Tennessee communities that participate in the NFIP.

  • HORSE for a HERO?

    A local ranch hopes to honor a deserving veteran the best way it knows how: by awarding one of its unusual horses to him or her.
    The owners of Lexlin Gypsy Ranch want to give back in a big way this Independence Day by having a sweepstakes for one of their gypsy vanner horses.
    Eric Barton and his wife, Mechelle, have decided to have a sweepstakes for a worthy veteran to win one of their horses from Lexlin Gypsy Ranch on New Hope Road near Rockwood.
    That horse is the aptly named Braveheart, a 1-year-old gelding with a beautiful gray coloring.

  • Impressions: You CAN stay cooler in this heat and humidity

    Things started heating up in our corner of the world last week.
    I don’t think it had anything to do with Memorial Day and its unofficial heralding in of summer.
    But I must admit, the constant humming of our chillers at the office last Monday reminded me that spring will soon be behind us.
    I pretty much had the place to myself as I worked through some interviews, project deadlines and telephone calls on the holiday.
    Our air-conditioning units were my only company when the sun really started bearing down.

  • Stout stuck to her guns, cared about her town

     

  • Kingston fire victim still critical

    Sandra Webb, the Kingston woman injured in a house fire last week, was still being treated at the Vanderbilt Burn Center Tuesday morning, a family member said.

    Tammy Clark, her sister’s daughter-in-law, said the situation was still touch-and-go.

    “They’re still pumping out smoke out of her chest,” she said. “She’s still critical, but she’s making a little progress every day.” 

  • Stolen goods incident leads to other charges

    A man wanted for aggravated robbery was arrested at the Rockwood Walmart on Sunday.

    Police were dispatched to the store in reference to a man at the service desk that was possibly trying to return stolen merchandise.

    “I made contact with the male suspect that I was given a description of, and who Walmart employees pointed out to me,” the police report said. “When asked for identification, I was given a Texas identification card.”

    The report said the person pictured in the Texas ID card was not the suspect.

  • Low voter turnout anticipated in municipal elections

    Kingston, Harriman, Rockwood and the Roane County portion of Oliver Springs have 12,194 registered voters combined.

    Fewer than 15 percent — 1,114 — cast ballots during early voting for the city elections.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was expecting about the same turnout on Election Day, which was Tuesday.