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Today's News

  • WECO Outdoor Show set for this weekend

    The 25th annual WECO Outdoor Show sponsored by the Highland Family and Tennessee College of Applied Technology will be held this Friday and Saturday on the courthouse square in Wartburg.
        “I appreciate all the support we’ve gotten and especially thank Highland Family and Tennessee College of Applied Technology for their sponsorship and our good friends at the Morgan County News for their support,” said WECO General Manager Ed Knight.

  • Tigers looking to fill holes in passing game

    Anyone that has ever put together a puzzle knows it can be a mess at the beginning, but can look beautiful when everything comes together.

  • Alt school on chopping block

    The Roane County Board of Education is trying to decide how to make $1.582 million in budget cuts after its request for a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate was refused by the Roane County Commission. 
    The board heard a recommendation from Director of Schools Gary Aytes on what cuts to make during a Monday work session.
    “Our goal here was two-fold,” Aytes said. “First, protect achievement and, second, to protect our people’s jobs.”

  • State begins work on Hwy. 58/70 mess

    There may be some delays driving through Kingston over the next two or three months, but take heart — the inconveniences should serve to alleviate the city’s most severe traffic issue over the long haul.
    This month, the long-awaited restructuring of the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 begins, along with a massive repaving project, and the addition of high-tech traffic control systems on the affected roadways.
    The state-funded project began July 13 and continues through September.

  • Flooding temporarily shuts down firehall

    Rockwood Fire Department’s Station No. 2 on South Kingston Avenue is temporarily closed after heavy rainwater came through the rear walls and flooded the building.
    A crack in the wall had water pouring through it, and water seeped in elsewhere.
    Even the firefighters’ living quarters were flooded during the heavy rainfall that fell over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
    Fire equipment was moved to Station No. 1, and the ambulance service moved to Midtown.

  • Man in police chase caught in Kingston

    A Tellico Plains man wanted on 22 charges stemming from a police chase was arrested in Kingston late Sunday night.
    The charges against Austin C. Burns included reckless endangerment, evading arrest, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
    “He stole a truck from his girlfriend’s mother,” Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said. “He ran from the deputies, ran from us, hit one of our cars, hit a van full of people up in Oak Ridge and then took off in the woods.”   

  • This Harriman budget comes without tax hike

    Harriman City Council approved final reading of its 2014 budget recently with no tax increase.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, however, for a second year, predicted one would be coming down the road.
    “I don’t know when our last increase in taxes was. I just want to give fair warning: It is coming. One day, there will be a tax increase,” Mason said.
    He even said that Treasurer Charles Kerley asks about raising taxes each year.
    “Wait, he didn’t say that,” Kerley quipped.

  • Kingston moves to pave Kentucky Street

    Kingston may have finally found a way to put its long-accumulating state highway funds to good use.
    Kingston City Council approved a measure at the July 9 full council meeting authorizing Mayor Troy Beets to apply to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for permission to use more than $300,000 in Surface Transportation Program funds — state funds municipalities receive annually, and which Kingston has been saving for three years now — to pave Kentucky Street.
    There’s a hitch in using STP funds, however.

  • CASA making plans for training session

    Two young out-of-state children are abandoned in Tennessee by their mother.

    How will they get reconnected to responsible kin and a permanent home?

    A young teen, twice betrayed by a sexually-abusive family, must testify against her tormentors.

    From whom will she get emotional support? To whom will she confide the hopeful news of a potential adoption?

    An infant born to a pill-addicted mother is himself addicted and must suffer the pains of withdrawal.

  • Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 17

    25 Years Ago
    Roane State Community College students, faculty and staff were introduced to Sherry Hoppe, the college’s interim president. Hoppe took the reins from Cuyler Dunbar, the college’s founding president who accepted the lead role at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. “I hope to continue being responsive to the community needs — to continue the tradition that Mr. Dunbar has set,” said Hoppe, whose stint at the college was said to be anywhere from six months to a year.