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Today's News

  • Big Emory Baptist Association making plans for Pigeon Forge youth conference

    Big Emory Baptist Association will continue a tradition of more than 30 years with its Draw the Line youth conference next month in Pigeon Forge.

    Worship, praise, skits, testimonies and black lights are planned for the conference, which will be March 22-23 in the Country Tonite Theatre, the latest venue for the Pigeon Forge event.

  • Church Calendar: Feb. 6-16

    FRIDAY, FEB. 8
    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have a large two-day rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road. Call 376-2990 for details.

  • Student leaders sought for upcoming Academy

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce is looking for rising high school juniors to participate in this summer’s Roane County Youth Leadership Academy.

    Students from the five Roane County public high schools and homeschoolers are invited to submit their application to attend the Academy on June 3-7 on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

  • GUEST OPINION: Inaugural prayers now weathervane

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Prayers delivered at presidential inaugurations are rarely quoted and quickly forgotten (at least in the earthly realm).

    But in today’s deeply divided America, who prays the prayers – and who doesn’t – is fast becoming a religio-political weathervane pointing in the direction cultural winds are blowing.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What mischief will state legislature produce?

    There used to be a saying concerning state legislatures to the effect that no man’s life nor property was safe as long as the legislature was in session.

    That saying could never have been more appropriate than now, in the state of Tennessee.

  • Harriman man charged in beating

    A 29-year old Harriman man is in custody after allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend at her Wartburg home last Thursday.

    Eric W. Turner, of 2373 Sugar Grove Valley Road, was arrested by Roane County deputies and handed over to Morgan County officers late Monday night.

    Turner is facing assault charges for beating his 38-year old girlfriend.

    She is seven-months pregnant.

    According to the police report, Turner head-butted her in the face, pulled her hair out, and dragged her through the house.

  • Valentine’s Day specials at state parks

    With nature serving as the perfect, romantic setting, Tennessee State Parks are offering Valentine’s Day packages for those looking for a great deal.  

    All eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Feb. 14, most serving a special Valentine’s Day meal.  

    Special overnight packages also are available at Tennessee State Parks’ six inns.

    A romantic dinner package for two is priced from $31.90 to $44.95, depending on the location.

  • Kingston sewer work

     

    Kingston street department workers Rick Crawford, left, and Jimmy Goodman confer over work extending sewerlines across Hwy. 70 between the Community Center and Watts Bar Lake. The goal is to eventually add public restrooms in the vicinity.
     

  • Blue Devils advance in TMSAA tourney

      Two Roane County teams traveled to Pigeon Forge Wednesday evening for the TMSAA Class AA East Tennessee Sectional quarterfinals, but only one survived the evening and advanced to the tournament’s semifinals.

  • 'Cats split with Tigers

    Tuesday’s game between Oliver Springs and Sunbright was a slobber-knocker with Sunbright picking up a 49-47 victory.