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Today's News

  • Getaway from the heat

    Harriman resident Mike Burger sets sail on his Hobie Cat Getaway in Watts Bar Lake.

    He’s among the East Tennesseans who have sought refuge from the late spring heat wave on the water.

    The area’s waterways, pools and splash pads will continue to get a workout: forecasters are predicting temperatures in the 90s until Friday, with few chances of rain.

    But be careful out there: air-quality alerts were issued over the weekend.

  • Kindergarten — the new frontier

    Addison Berrier, Anna Givens, Nicholas Moog, Ayden Newton, Preston Schisler and Brandon Turnbill prepare to walk down the aisle and toward their future — kindergarten — during their graduation from Rockwood First Christian Church’s Mother’s Day Out program.

  • Tea Party candidate wants to represent all in Rockwood

    A candidate for Rockwood City Council is also a member of the Roane County Tea Party.

    If elected on Tuesday, Ron Harwell insists he won’t just be serving the interests of those in the city who share his Tea Party views.

    “The Tea Party is about being conservative,” he said. “There’s conservative Democrats, just like there’s conservative Republicans, and our party is open to all conservatives, not just the Republican Party.”

  • Neighbor: Bra-clad man broke in with knife

    A Kingston man chose some unusual attire for an alleged break-in on Gallaher Road.  

    “Victim ... stated that the neighbor, Brian Fowler, had busted her door in and came in with a knife and was wearing a bra and shorts,” the police report said.

    Fowler, 46, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

    The report said there was signs of forced entry on the door and door frame. The report also said a lock had been broken off the door.

  • Blender on kitchen love seat causes fire

    A kitchen is not where you expect to find a love seat.

    However, that’s what crews found when they responded to a trailer fire at 235 Pickard Hollow Road Thursday morning.

    Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson said the love seat was in the kitchen.

    “There was a blender sitting on it,” Nelson
    said.

    The blender ignited, which caused the love seat to catch fire, the chief said.

  • Dump truck bump snarls traffic

    Police direct traffic at the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road on Friday after a dump truck damaged the traffic lights.

    Witnesses said the bed of the truck was up as the driver approached the intersection.

  • 'Star Wars' group to make appearance at Kingston book sale

    Kingston Library Foundation will have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 at Kingston Community Center.

    Money raised from this sale will go toward purchasing children’s books, large-print books, magazines and the newest best sellers.

    “We sincerely appreciate all your previous donations that made our book sales so profitable,” said Joyce Young of Kingston Library Foundation. “As in the past, we are requesting your help in donating your soft backed and hard backed books to the library for this sale.”

  • Red Cross going to one military contact number

    As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross is moving to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services.

    Beginning at 8 a.m. June 13, service members and their families can use one toll-free number — 877-272-7337 — to send an urgent message to a service member.

    “The Red Cross has always been there for us,” Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said.

  • Midway High class of 1951 reunites

    Midway High School’s class of 1951 recently had their 60-year reunion in Whitestone Country Inn.

    Classmates attending are, front row from left, Ada Frank Woody Thompson, Mary Johnson Kimbell, John Kimbell; middle row, Nola Hall Francis, Christine Raley Matthews, Marie Mitchell White, Tiny Rose Creasman, Stella Huston Massey; and back row, Darrell Townsend, Joe Deatherage and Willie Rose Green.

  • Chamber members toast of the town

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception on June 2 for its long-standing Chamber members.

    “It’s our way of saying thanks for your loyalty to the Chamber,” said Diana Knobloch, Chamber board chairwoman, during the event in The Roane Alliance building in Kingston.

    The reception honored those who have been Chamber members for more than 10 years with special certificates, cake and champagne.