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Today's News

  • Grant opens up dental care

    A $150,000 grant from Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee means many adults without dental insurance will have access to dental care.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency, which operates in Roane and Loudon counties, has been awarded the second phase of a grant from the foundation to implement Healthy Smiles for Adults, which will use a voucher system to provide access to dental care in the area.

    “We are going to be doing a lot of dental services in the county this year,” said Dina Jackson, executive director of the Roane County United Way.

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  • Hole found in leak policy

    The Kingston Water Board is considering changes to the policy regarding how the utility charges customers for water leaks.

    The city offers insurance for leaks through Serveline up to a loss of $2,500. Customers who do not choose to participate in the insurance program are responsible for paying the bill if a leak occurs.

    City Manager David Bolling presented the City Council with a case that involved a leak of more than $5,000. The customer had insurance protection for $2,500 of the loss but was concerned about how to cover the rest of the bill.

  • Police say man rammed ex’s car, ran

    Kingston police arrested a Harriman man for aggravated domestic assault, hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident on Tuesday.

    Matthew Adam Honeycutt, 30, is accused of intentionally rear-ending his ex-girlfriend April Washam’s Kia Soul with the front of his Chevy Camaro near Bunch Marine.

    Kingston Patrolman Adam A. Alkishawi reported he met with Washam near Bunch where she detailed how Honeycutt had met her at Walgreens, where they began arguing in the parking lot before she got in her Kia to leave.

  • Woman accused of shoplifting, hurting cashier

    A cashier at the Rockwood IGA was allegedly assaulted by a shoplifter on Tuesday.

    “Once on scene I saw a woman sitting on the floor with blood on her hands that I identified as being Angelyn Selby,” Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall wrote in his report. “Several IGA employees were standing around her watching her.”

    Hall said he also noticed IGA employee Glenda Bostin, who appeared to be bleeding from a minor cut on her head.

  • Ruby Julian turns 100 years old today

    Ruby Julian celebrates her 100th birthday today, Feb. 21.

    She was born on Feb. 21, 1918, to Reuben and Lovenia Hall in Harriman.

    She has lived in Roane County all of her life.

    The former Ruby Hall married Homer Julian Sr. in 1938.

    They were blessed with two sons, Homer Jr. of Rockwood, and James Thomas of Knoxville.

    She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    Julian is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: We, too, will survive our times

    By MARK BANKER

    Tragically, a bad week for our nation might be a good week for an opinion columnist.

    Surely with yet another tragic school shooting, alleged incontrovertible proof of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and yet another showdown between right-wing extremists and their critics in Knoxville, any writer worth his laptop can reflect and compose a relevant column.

  • Buoyed prospects: Roane Alliance marks a stellar year

    Following a strong performance in 2017, Roane County is poised for future success, according to a report from The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance’s 2017 Annual Report released last week highlights achievements that include infrastructure improvements, new marketing materials and a new marketing plan.

    “The county benefitted greatly from our work with the Alliance last year,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Harriman Care and Rockwood Signature Great Places to Work

    Independent analysts at Great Place to Work have crunched the numbers and certified Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center and Signature HealthCare of Rockwood are as Great Places to Work.

    The two facilities in Roane County earned this distinction based on extensive ratings given by its stakeholders in anonymous surveys.

    “It’s a testament to the hard work exhibited by our great team,” said Benjamin Landy, CEO of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center.

    Landy said he is extremely humbled to receive this certification.

  • Kingston's top worker

    The city of Kingston named water department employee Shawn Clark, center right, as February’s employee of the month.

    The presentation of the honor at last week’s Kingston City Council meeting includes, from left, Mayor Tim Neal, City Manager David Bolling, Clark’s wife Susie, son Jacob and Clark’s supervisor Jimmy Agee.