Today's News

  • Attorney Leon Houston wins

    For months, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. implored Leon Houston to get an attorney in his firearms case.
    Turns out he didn’t need one.
    Representing himself, Houston was acquitted in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Wednesday.
    “Praise God!” he shouted when U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves read the jury verdict.
    Reeves sent the jury of eight women and four men back to deliberate at 3:33 p.m. The court clerk notified the parties that the jury had reached a verdict about an hour later.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Snake-a-phobes, you’d better skip this one

    It’s official, folks. My life has grown too interesting.
    This week, I was bitten by a snake.
    Before breakfast.
    In my own basement.
    From overhead.
    It started, as so many things in life do, with the need to find something clean to wear. That prompted a trip downstairs to see what might be in the dryer.
    While I was bent over sorting through the clean-clothes offerings, I heard a light clunk overhead behind me.
    I figured a mouse had gotten in, and turned and looked over my shoulder.

  • Operation Christmas Child shoebox collections set

    With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Roane County individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

    Operation Christmas Child, one of the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Roane County residents prepare to collect gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

  • Kingston photographer’s work part of Arts in the Airport

    Trissa Gurney of Kingston is among the 40 regional artists whose works are part of Arts in the Airport at McGhee Tyson Airport.

    Gurney’s entry is “A Cat and His Man.”

    Arts in the Airport is a cooperation between Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville.

    The project was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of the most-visited sites in the area.  

  • K-25 preservation to be program topic

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association’s next membership and public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    Karen Doughty, U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management, will present a status update of the K-25 historic preservation initiative.

    Doughty is responsible for the project management oversight and will review the status of the project. The request for proposals have been received and are being evaluated. There were nine pre-qualified bidders.

  • Get ready for Battle of Orange, Blue

    It’s time once again to prove the volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee.

    Medic Regional Blood Center’ 26th annual Battle of the Orange and Blue, a blood drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky, kicks off Nov. 18.

    This friendly competition pits Vol fans against fans of the Kentucky Wildcats to see which group can bring in the most blood donations over a one-week period.   

  • Eagles help Open Doors

    Fraternal Order of Eagles 3429 President Wes Goss presents a $1,146 check to Steve Johnson of Open Doors Tennessee.

    The money was raised during a University of Tennessee Volunteers tailgate party.

    Open Doors of Tennessee, which is located in Kingston, is committed to providing opportunities, resources, information, programs and support for families of individuals with disabilities and childhood cancer.

  • FSA county committee election now underway

    The mailing of ballots for the 2013 Farm Service Agency county committee elections has begun, with a Dec. 2 deadline to return ballots to the FSA offices.

    “The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government,” said USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Juan M. Garcia.

  • Coats for the Cold to be distributed

    Distribution for the 19th annual Coats for the Cold campaign will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Coats collected for the campaign will be distributed at no cost to those in need of warm winter wear.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson began the effort as state representative.

    “Roane County is always really good at coming out and helping those in need,” Ferguson said.

    “Nothing is better than keeping somebody warm,” he added.

  • Medicare 101 slated Nov. 21

    A free “Medicare 101” presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “If you are aging into Medicare, thinking about retiring, or just have questions this session is for you,” said Amber Jacks, senior services director for Mid-East Community Action Agency.