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Today's News

  • Cherokee finishes second
  • Senior Bowlers of the Month
  • Fire at Kingston United Methodist

    Fire broke out at Kingston United Methodist Church Saturday at approximately 7:00 p.m.

    No one was in the building when Pastor John C. Anderson noticed the church was on fire while he was mowing the lawn.

     Lt. Gary Nelson of the Kingston Police Department noted that the rear left corner and auditorium had received the most damage.

    Hordes of passers-by surrounded the area around the church, as members of Kingston, Midtown, Harriman, East Roane County and Oak Ridge fire departments worked dilligently to contain the fire.

  • Roane represented at royal wedding

    Editor's note: Story updated on May 3, 2011, to correct spelling of Chelsea Rose Black's father's name.

  • See Spot fly: Frisbee dog competition coming to Kingston

    Kingston will host the 2011 Skyhoundz Canine Disc Tennessee State Championship May 14 for the first time.

    Hounds of all ages and breeds will compete at Fort Southwest Point for a spot in the national competition, which was held in Chattanooga last year.

    “It should be a fun event,” Kingston Parks and Recreation event coordinator Debbie Russell said. “We’re all dog lovers here.”

    The department has also been looking to create a dog park in Kingston for residents and their four-legged friends to enjoy.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Nervous wreck rides out storms

    Today’s column was to have been on wildflowers ... but this week’s wild weather seemed to need more attention, so I changed directions.

    I survived the brunt of the worst tornado system in recorded history — the April 3, 1974, superstorm that struck Tennessee, Kentucky and adjoining states — and killed 315 people.

    This week’s storms have come close, with sobering devastation in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The death toll was nearing 200 as I write this. Many more people lost homes, businesses and other property.

  • New sewer will serve hospital

    The $5.585 million loan Roane County plans to use to pay for a sewer expansion in Midtown has yet to be approved by the state.

    “We finally got all of our I’s dotted and Ts crossed, re-signed document after document because they didn’t like the way it was signed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It appears it’s ready to go to their board now for approval.”

    The county is securing the loan through the State Revolving Fund Loan Program.

    Woody said he expects the board to meet in June.

  • THP to conduct license checks in May

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting two driver license roadside safety checkpoints during May in Roane County.

    A  checkpoint is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. May 6 near the new bridge on Hwy. 58.

    Another checkpoint, from 9 to 10 p.m. May 20, will be at Hwy. 70 and Poland Hollow Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Ready for the exam? Take a test run at it on state website

    There seems to be a test for everything these days.

    Students and people who are changing careers are especially challenged with stressful — and at times overwhelming — required tests.

    The Tennessee Electronic Library can help. TEL is available to everyone in Tennessee and provides the tools needed to prepare for a variety of exams and take studying to the next level.

  • Plaque honors Rockwood's top grads

    Rockwood High School Classmates present Principal Alan Reed with a plaque containing the names of every valedictorian and salutatorian from 1920 to the present. “We just think it’s kinda unique,” said Mary Alexander Kau, who was among those making the presentation.

    The project began when Patsy Pierce started collecting names of past graduates.

    Kau figured, “Wouldn’t it be nice to honor them some way?”