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Today's News

  • TVA ash spill foundation meeting Wednesday

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation — a committee formed after the TVA ash spill — will hold a special called meeting today (Wednesday) to hear project updates.
    TVA contributed about $43 million in support for economic development priorities in Roane County and its communities after the ash spill.
    The meeting is 10 a.m. at Kingston’s Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • The Garden Gate: Alabama leads the way for Christmas holiday

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Plants have been used as decorations at Christmastime ever since the first Christmas in Bethlehem.

    It started, according to an old tale, with a little shepherd girl who had no lamb, myrrh or gold to give to the Christ Child. She was showered with miraculous roses from heaven. She gathered them into a bouquet as a gift for the infant Jesus.

    Many and varied are legends, customs, ideas and traditions that, for many centuries, have celebrated Christmas.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct holiday sobriety checkpoints the next two weeks at Poland Hollow Road in Roane County.

    The checkpoints will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 1 — Kayla N. Smith, possession of scheduled drugs amended to unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities and possess unlawful drug paraphernalia attempt. Judicial diversion. Financial responsibility law. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Nov. 7-14:

    From Shellie Wallace, Shelly Marie Swafford and Richard Lynn Swafford to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation by trustee’s deed, Old Emory Road, $0.

    From Federal National Mortgage Association to John A. Caldwell, Kenna A. Caldwell and John Caldwell by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Poplar Creek Road, $124,750.

  • Ruppe heading up CASA board

    Becky Ruppe has been elected chairwoman of the board of directors of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

    She succeeds founding chairman Jack McNew, who passes the gavel in a ceremonious act.

    Ruppe is executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Board and serves on many boards in Morgan and Scott counties. She is a former Morgan County executive and served two terms on the Morgan County Board of Education.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 21

    25 Years Ago
    Shortly after moving to the area, Fred and Anne Walker of Kingston noticed candy canes hanging from a tall cedar tree between the Kingston and Lawnville exits of Interstate 40. When they didn’t see it the next year, they decided to decorate the tree themselves. Why do they do it? For the motorists – to make people smile, especially people far from home at Christmas. Friends and neighbors have been encouraging, and “no one has said we couldn’t do it.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ortiz

    Nancy Banken Cloyd and Peter J. Ortiz were married on Nov. 11 in Riggs Chapel Baptist Church.

    Pastor Jimmy Banken officiated during the evening ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Odeen Banken, Harriman, and the late Robert Banken.

    The groom is the son of Mercedes Ortiz, Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the late Providencio Ortiz.

  • GUEST OPINION: Shoot straight: Kids can, too, pray at school

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    The latest attack on the “godless public schools” — a staple of Republican primaries past — is a new ad in Iowa by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign proclaiming there’s “something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

  • Don’t add e-waste to your landfills

    By STEVE SKURNAC
    Electronics are once again dominating holiday shopping lists this season.

    In fact, analysts with the Consumer Electronics Association predict shoppers will spend 6 percent more on electronics this year compared to last – or about $250 per consumer.

    And for every new laptop, tablet, phone, TV, gaming system and scores of other gadgets, an outdated device likely will be replaced. For those old electronics, the question is, “Now what?”

    First off, do not throw replaced electronics in the trash.