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Today's News

  • Shelters helpful during cold snap

    Whether huddling close and camping out around fires or heaters or seeking a safe place away from home, Roane County residents without power did what they could to stay warm this week.

    For some, that meant seeking help at a shelter like the one the American Red Cross provided at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Carol Golliher said she got so cold on Tuesday that she called 911 — because she didn’t know where else to turn.

  • Roane Choral Society to present ‘Rhapsody and Fantasy’ March 7

    Roane Choral Society will present “Rhapsody and Fantasy: Emotion in Music” at 7 p.m. March 7 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    Admission is by donation.

    Slade Trammell, accompanist for Roane Choral Society, will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy in C Minor,” with members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

    Eugene Hattaway leads the Roane Choral Society as music director/conductor for his sixth season.

  • OTHER WEATHER POSTPONEMENTS

    Tennessee Medieval Faire auditions

    Due to cold weather, open actor auditions for the Tennessee Medieval Faire (previously called the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival) will be from 2 to 5 p.m Feb. 28.

    Auditions will be at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston.

    Email DarkhorseLLC@comcast.net or call 466-1902 for details.

    Southwest Point DAR book signing

    Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR postponed its program and book signing by Shirley McCracken, author of “The Breastplate: Civil War Adventure.”

  • Weather delays International Fest for a week

    Inclement weather led officials at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge to postpone its International Festival.

    The festival is rescheduled for Feb. 28 in the museum at 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge.

    The same entertainment line-up, food and culture booths originally scheduled are on tap to be there for the rescheduled event.

    Entertainment, crafts and cuisines from cultures around the world will be featured at the International Festival.

    Spice of India Dancers will be the featured performers.

  • Winter weather causes district, region basketball tournaments to be pushed up

    With the week of wintery weather resulting in district basketball play across the state being rearranged, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association has also made changes to the region tournaments.

  • NFL Scouting Combine: How much does it matter?

    Between Snowpocalypse bringing what social media describes as “certain death” to Roane County, “breaking news” about some deflated balls that nobody cares about anymore and a basketball game between those two Carolina teams, the past week has been nothing short of hectic.

    As of writing this at 11:37 a.m. on Thursday morning, I haven’t left my house since Monday and I don’t really anticipate doing so until at least Friday. I wouldn’t count on district games being played by then, anyway.

  • Bobcats rally, fall short against Eagles

    A fast start by the high-flying Oakdale Eagles proved too much to overcome for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Oakdale would punch their ticket to the District 4-A Tournament Finals via a 55-51 win on Saturday night.

    Following a 5-5 start to the first period, the Eagles left the Bobcats seeing red with a 12-5 tilt to close out the opening period with a 17-10 lead.

    Tyler Steinmentz (7 points) led Oakdale in the opening period while Aaron Noe (4 points) guided the Bobcats early on.

  • School closings possible next week

    Officials Thursday discussed the icing and tree situation around the county.

    “We’ve got a lot of areas of the county that are in pretty good shape now,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “The situation that we really have to monitor the next two days is ... we have a lot of trees leaning over the roads in certain areas.... We’re also expecting some more bad weather coming in Friday night/early Saturday morning.”

  • Almost there getting power on across county

    Rockwood Electric Utility’s situation is no longer looking so bleak.

    The utility had about 1,500 customers out earlier in the week, and only about 200 customers without power on Thursday morning.

    “We are pecking away at it. We made really big progress yesterday evening and all night,” said REU manager Kendall Bear. He is hoping all will have power by the weekend.

    Areas still without power Thursday were Dogwood Shores, Wolf Creek and Holder Ford in the Kingston area and New Hope and other areas near Rockwood.

  • County road worker seriously hurt in aftermath

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said highway department employee Scott Martin was still in the hospital on Thursday after a tree crushed him in the winter storm cleanup.

    “He’s in good spirits,” Ferguson said. “It’s going to be a long recovery, but he’s going to be OK.”

    Martin was injured Tuesday while cutting trees near Camp Buck Toms.