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Today's News

  • Mr. & Mrs. Lybarger 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lybarger of Canton, Ill., formerly of Kingston, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 9.

    Their daughters hosted a reception in their honor in Canton, and the couple is planning to take a trip to celebrate their anniversary.

    Lybarger and the former Kathleen “Kathy” Weaver were married on Feb. 9, 1963, in Canton First Christian Church, with the Rev. Orville Wright officiating.

    He was a Caterpillar Inc. human resources manager who retired in 2007 after 44 years of service. She is a homemaker.

  • Phone numbers changed: Facility not all that’s new for Roane Medical Center

    Phone numbers at Roane Medical Center have changed.

    This change, effective Feb. 17, is part of the move to the new medical center campus in Midtown.

    The new numbers are part of the dial scheme for the Covenant Health system, of which Roane Medical Center is a member.

    The Covenant Health five-digit dial plan is implemented across the system.

    This feature is designed to help decrease long-distance costs systemwide and allows facilities the ability to five-digit dial each other.

  • Gavin Lee Young

    Gavin Lee Young will celebrate his first birthday on Feb. 23.

    He is the son of Ashley Giles and Jesse Young.

    Grandmother is Teresa Johnson.

  • OUR OPINION: Aytes marriage to employee is, indeed, conflict

    The selection of Gary Aytes as Roane County Schools director has been welcomed by many — and rightly so.

    At a time when funding and teachers’ employment issues have caused tension elsewhere, he has boosted morale among teachers and parents in Roane County.

    Aytes also has found love along the way.

    At a school board meeting last month, Aytes was congratulated on his recent marriage to Glenna Treece, a well-respected former Midtown Elementary School principal who now works as the school system’s parent involvement coordinator.

  • Celebrity protection unnecessary, harmful

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    It’s open season on paparazzi in celebrity-laden states as legislatures gear up to protect the rich and famous.

    Most recently, the Hawaii legislature was so grateful that Aerosmith singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler purchased a home on Maui that it named an anti-paparazzi bill after him.

  • Patient transfer to new hospital smooth affair

    Six of Roane County’s eight ambulances were parked on Harriman’s Devonia Street Sunday morning — but not because of any emergency.

    The gathering was due to the closing of the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman and the transfer of patients to the new facility in Midtown.

    “We’ve been planning this for over a month,” Roane County ambulance director Howie Rose said about the patient transfer. “We’ve had weekly meetings with the hospital to get ready for this.”

  • Boat races to return to city’s July 4th events

    It’s official: boat racing has been fast-tracked to return to Kingston for the summer holiday season.

    Kingston Parks and Recreation director Rick Ross told Kingston City Council members that the American Power Boat Association has signed on to hold its pro-class championship races in Kingston July 2-4.

    Kingston has hosted drag boat racing events over the July 4 holiday in recent years. But this will be the first time in 18 years that the city has hosted oval track-style boat racing.

  • Kingston to educate kids about fires

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon is organizing the department’s  annual fire safety and prevention program.

    More than 1,000 children, from ages 4-12, will receive fire prevention materials such as, manuals, badges, posters and handouts geared to their age level.

    The materials will be discussed in class at Kingston Elementary and Calvary Baptist School and daycare facilities, Head Start and the other pre-K schools throughout the area.

  • Devils extend season with win

    The Harriman Blue Devils kept their postseason aspirations alive on the strength of a 21-0 third period to provide enough of a comfortable lead to cruise to the 56-45 win over the Berean Christian Eagles on Friday night in the opening round of the District 3-A Tournament. 

  • Midway cruises past Tellico Plains in tourney opener, 61-42

    After two tight, tense games during the regular season, it was really unexpected when the Midway Green Wave routed Tellico Plains. 61-42. in the first round of the District 3-A Tournament at Midway. 

    Midway won at home in the regular season by two points while dropping a one point decision at Tellico Plains.