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Today's News

  • Kingston kids donate birthday money to charity

    Kingston siblings Keira, 8, and Brock Leffew, 6, recently celebrated their birthdays, but instead of asking for toys, they requested family members and friends donate to a charity.

    After learning about the Dream Connection and its purpose, the charity they chose was the Dream Connection.

    The Dream Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the special dreams of children who are faced with life threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses in the East Tennessee area.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Patterson 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Fred Patterson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1 with family and friends.

    Patterson and the former Kay McMann were married on Oct. 1, 1963, in Lincoln Park, Mich.

    The couple’s three children and their spouses are Brad and Sherry Patterson of Ten Mile, Kent and Katie Patterson, and Greg and Emily Patterson, all of Kingston.

    There are eight grandchildren.

  • Arrests: April 28-May 9, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 28 — Tiffany Laura Edwards, 34, 536 Baumgarder Road, Harriman: domestic assault. No bond listed; court date June 24.

    • Nathan Glenn Eller, 24, 275 Little Johnson Valley Road, Kingston: open container law, DUI, violation implied consent law. No bond listed; court date June 3.

  • Kingston shutterbug Sims heads up Arts Council

    New board members were elected, and changes to the charter were made, during the annual meeting of the Arts Council of Roane County.

  • Wheat lives on for those who called it home

    By Bonita Irwin • For Roane Newspapers
    Alumni of the former Wheat High School and old Roane College, as well as former residents of the former Wheat community, will celebrate 82 years of homecomings at the George Jones Church on Oct. 6.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m., with John Stair Jr. bringing the message. A covered-dish dinner will be at noon under the nearby tent.

    The community of Wheat, situated near the K-25 Site, was first known as Bald Hill because all of the timber had been cut to construct houses.

  • One-man show to give Lincoln, Twain stances on Civil War

    “Abe Lincoln, Mark Twain and the Civil War,” a one-man theatrical production, will take place Oct. 9 in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    The historical, humorous and educational program will start at 6 p.m.

    Dave Ehlert will portray both Lincoln and Twain in this 90-minute production, which tells how a Union president and a Confederate deserter fought against slavery in both pre- and post-war days.

    Call the library at 376-9905 for details.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 2

    25 Years Ago
    Thelma Hughes, an employee at Kayser-Roth in Rockwood, was honored for her 45 years of service to the company. She was presented with a certificate by her supervisor, Ronnie Rhea, and a Gatsby wall clock by human resources manager Lygetta Travis and plant manager Ed Foster. Hughes worked in knitting for 33 years and switched over to quality control, the job she held on her milestone anniversary. An avid University of Tennessee Volunteers fan, the Rockwood native and her husband, Edgar Hughes, were the parents of a daughter, Gena Stinnett.

  • The Garden Gate: Have chocolate to feel like royalty

    Tradition holds that the ancient Aztec emperor Motecuhzoma was so addicted to “chocoatl,” the sacred beverage made from cocoa beans, that he consumed 50 golden goblets of it a day.

    The earliest cocoa trees probably grew in the tropical lowlands of Central America and Mexico. An ancient Toltec myth gives credit to the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl for first planting these trees and bringing chocolate, food of the gods, to human beings.

  • New HHA director can relate

    Amy Hall, Harriman Housing Authority’s new director, isn’t just experienced in working in public housing.
    She knows what it is like to live there.
    “It was a lonely life,” she said.

    Hall said she was raised by a single mother and lived at the housing project at Fiske Heights for 14 years.
    “We moved in when I was 4 years old and moved out when I was 18.”

  • FURLOUGHED: EPA ash spill cleanup chief must sit it out

    Federal government shutdowns have sidelined a key figure in the ash spill cleanup at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing cleanup of the TVA ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    Craig Zeller, project manager for the EPA, said he has been furloughed because of the government shutdown.
    He said oversight of the cleanup project is not being impacted, however.