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Today's News

  • Kingston out shoots Oliver Springs

    The Kingston Lady Jackets got off to a fast start against the visiting Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats and never looked back on the way to a 71-30 win Thursday evening at Roane County High School gym.

    “It was a big win,” Kingston Coach Connie Guinn said. “We’ve had a rough couple of weeks, going 0-4 in the last four games.

    “We practiced on some things this week and I was very pleased most of all with our effort tonight.”

    The Lady Jackets took advantage of aggressive defense to set up their quick strike offense.

  • No more chemo

    Addie Moore never let her battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia keep her down and, if possible, she’s even more exuberant because she’s won the war on the disease.

    The Kingston Elementary first grader and her family were joined by friends and loved ones to celebrate “no mo chemo” with the release of 848 balloons at Fort Southwest Point.

    “That was how long she was in treatment,” said Gena Moore, Addie’s grandmother or “Mimi.”

  • Mess lands woman in jail

    On Dec. 7, Chancellor Frank V. Williams III gave Helen Hayes until Jan. 4 to remove half of the debris off her property. The mess hadn’t changed by that morning, according to Roane County officials.

    “Has there been any noticeable difference since we were in court on Dec. 7?” County Attorney Greg Leffew asked Codes Enforcement Official Glen Cofer.

    “No sir,” Cofer responded. “Not that I can tell.”

  • Roads a go, surveys and work at standstill

    The roads the Roane County Commission voted to accept in Pioneer Village Subdivision last August still aren’t being maintained by the county.

    Officials said a survey must be completed before that can happen, but there is a question about who will pay for it.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson didn’t ask the Commission to take over the roads, so he said he’s not paying for the survey out of his department’s budget.

    “They’ll (the Commission) be the ones that’s doing it if they do it,” Ferguson said.

  • Funds allow Habitat to repair homes for needy

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity is using a generous donation to fund a variety of home repair projects for Roane County residents in need.

    Best known for building small, low-cost homes, Habitat for Humanity is now helping low-income families in Roane County with needed repairs to their homes that they cannot afford themselves.

    The program repairs or replaces roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning units, water heaters, damaged kitchens and bathrooms and potentially other critical repairs.

  • 2nd suspect arrested in pharmacy holdup

    Harriman police have recovered 636 of the estimated 660 30-milligram Oxycodone HCL taken during the armed robbery at CVS at 1136 S. Roane St. on Tuesday.

    “The estimated street value of the recovered narcotics is $19,110,” a release from the Harriman Police Department said.

    The release said Investigator Brian Turner and Detective Kasey Mynatt recovered the pills from armed robbery suspect William Folger’s residence on Jan. 4.

  • Jobless numbers still low

    Even though Roane and 89 other Tennessee counties saw slight increases in unemployment rates in November, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said rates remain low across the state.

    The vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below 5 percent.

    “The economy remains strong in Tennessee, but we are not going to let up on our Drive to 55 to ensure our workforce is ready for the demands of employers in the years to come,” Haslam said.

  • ROLE REVERSAL

    Dressed in full-body sterile protection affectionately called a “bunny suit,” Roane Medical Center pharmacy technician Cotton Tucker, 59, was busy at work in late July 2017.

    One of Tucker’s duties at the Harriman hospital is to fill and deliver prescription medicine carts that physicians need during surgery, and she carefully put everything in its place.

    “You take your [prescription medicine] fill to each room. Anesthesia has six carts, and I did the first one; I remember that. But that’s all I remember,” she said.

  • GOING with the FLO: Play your role in making America better

    What can you do to make our America better? Each of us can do something in our sphere of influence. First, we can pray!

    We had the opportunity to hear Congresswoman Michele Bachmann this weekend. She is a brilliant and knowledgeable fighter for our freedom and a powerful prayer warrior.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A fond farewell to newly departed friends

    Some where, some time, we read of a theory about the timing of dying. It seems that some student of the subject has detected a definite correlation between the changing seasons and the number of folks dying.

    Over the years I have tended to observe the same correlation, and this current change from autumn into winter has been no exception.