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Today's News

  • Grant funding getting harder to come by

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    There’s no better money than free money.
    That was the sentiment expressed by Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, and avidly seconded by members of Kingston City Council, upon hearing a report from the city’s grant coordinator Steve Jacks at an October work session.

  • Wallace put ‘family’ in family practice

    The mountains and lakes are what drew Dr. Marty Wallace to establish her family medicine practice in Harriman in 1993.
    She is retiring on Dec. 2, so now she might have time to enjoy them.
    “I hate to go. It is just so hard to tell the patients,” Wallace said. “A lot of them are just coming in squalling.”
    Insurance companies’ control of the medical profession, mounting paperwork and rising overhead are all behind her decision to hang up her stethoscope.

  • Bad drugs: Stores put on notice

    Synthetic drugs are becoming a problem in Roane County, officials report. The drugs have names like bath salts, K-2, spice, potpourri and plant food.
    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, the drugs act as a stimulant on the central nervous system and can result in increased blood pressure and increased heart rate, which can cause severe chest pain, heart attacks or even strokes.
    Authorities plan to crack down on businesses that sell the drugs.

  • Something you really should budget for

    The major winter holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas — are fast approaching.

    Those of us with enough — enough to eat, enough to pay our bills — tend to think of these holidays with a mixture of warmth and delight.

    Those who are struggling are likely to have a much dimmer view. While some of us are planning special meals or shopping splurges, they may not have enough to eat, or money enough to heat their homes — that is, if they have homes.

    We seem to have gotten better about budgeting for ourselves as a society.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Two E. Tenn. productions: Landry book and stack cake

    While the efflorescence of spring in East Tennessee is beyond compare, the glories of autumn are not far behind in colourful beauty.

    To our eye, the leaves this year have been outstanding. This natural beauty is just one factor, however, that makes us among earth’s luckiest creatures.

    Other factors include the culture of our people — our customs, our traditions, our character. One of these traditions is our food and drink.

  • TVAA prepares for title games

    The Tennessee Valley Athletic Association (TVAA) finished their first regular season Saturday and the 24-team league is bracing for their championships games this Saturday.

    The balance of the league was evident in the final records. 

  • Cherokee, Rockwood battle to split

    For a half, the Rockwood Middle School Lady Tigers hung right with the Cherokee Middle School Lady Jackets, but the Lady Jackets pulled away in the second half for the 44-22 win. 

  • Tigers, Bobcats looking for Friday night magic

    Round two of the playoffs is here, and any Roane County fan wanting to see a county team in action Friday night had better leave early as both Oliver Springs and Rockwood have long road trips in front of them.

  • U.S. EPA wants to tweet you

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 is now on Twitter.
    EPA Region 4 serves eight states in the Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
    Existing and new Twitter users can follow @USEPASoutheast to get the latest environmental news that is relevant to them. Followers of the Twitter feed will receive updates on public meetings, events, accomplishments, new laws and policies.

  • 11-11-11 not just any day to special boy

    For some, this Friday — 11-11-11 — will be little more than an anomoly on the calendar.
    It gets a whole lot more interesting for Elijah Daniel Reeder of Kingston.
    According to his birth certificate, Elijah will turn 11 years old on 11-11-11. He was born at, get this, 11:11 a.m.
    His grandmother, Carol Ann Kendrick of Kingston, noted that he was born on Veterans Day 11 years ago while his parents, David and Tracy Reeder, were stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
    He was a bit small a birth at 6 pounds, 5 ounces.