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Today's News

  • Heritage Commission gala slated Sept. 13

    The annual Roane County Heritage Commission Gala on the Lawn will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    This year’s Heritage Commission honoree will be Eugene Pickel.

    Proceeds from the annual event go toward refurbishing the historic Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

    Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for details.

  • Donation a Leffew tradition

    Siblings Brock and Kiera Leffew of Kingston started a birthday tradition last year, when they asked family and friends to make donations to The Dream Connection in lieu of buying them gifts.

    The tradition continued this year, with party-goers at the siblings’ pool party at Kingston Community Center giving more than $600 — triple last year’s donation — to the charity.

    The Dream Connection is an East Tennessee-based children’s charity that fulfills dreams of children who are faced with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses.

  • ‘Pliny’ author to speak at library

    Kingston native Myra Humphrey will present her children’s book, “Pliny the Mouse,” during Kingston Public Library’s next Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Seeking shelter from the cold, Pliny embarks on a fictitious grand adventure that’s based on a true account of an incident at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Characters in the “Pliny” story share similarities with church organist Nancy Skidmore and Pastor Sonny Works.

  • Farmers still have time to apply for low-interest loans

    Farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture loans available through Tennessee Farm Service Agency’s direct farm ownership program.

    The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30.

    Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection.

  • Obed photo contest winners to be revealed at Art in Park

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will host an Art in the Park reception beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St. in downtown Wartburg.

    The event will include a display of photographs from the recent Obed photography contest.

    During the evening, the contest’s winning entries will be revealed.

    The Shelter Road Band will provide a range of Americana, rock and country music as light refreshments are served.

  • The Garden Gate: Ice cream once grew, but it’s not what you think

    Considering the widespread and still-growing interested in gardening, it is not surprising how often the dividing lines between herbs, flowers and weeds become somewhat blurred.

    Some of the plants considered to be the worst weeds turn out to be the most valuable of medicinal herbs, and some of the prettiest of the old-fashioned flowers our grandmothers carefully tended in their gardens turn out now to be classified as weeds.

    It all depends on just what angle you are looking from and what you call it.

  • Arrests: Aug. 11-14, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Aug. 11 — Gregory McClain Anderson, 34, 302 Ayers Drive, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $2,000; court date Sept. 22.

    • Ernest Paul Bright, 32, 720 Elm St., Rockwood: violation of probation (after-trial mittimus). No bond listed; court date July 28.

    • Darrell Glenn Goddard, 60, 147 Pine Ridge Road, Harriman: aggravated assault. Bond $2,500; court date Sept. 29.

  • General Sessions Court: April 9-11, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 9 — Terrance Hall, financial responsibility law: dismissed

    Kara Massengale, speeding: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Ashley Chessor, speeding, driver license address required within 10 days: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Marvin C. Johnson, financial responsibility law, light law-motor vehicle: dismissed.

  • Piñata Pride: Ferrante crafts colorful party centerpieces

    Festive colors and fun-filled parties aren’t complete without a centerpiece.

    For Lania Ferrante, a piñata was the focal point of a party in her native Costa Rica.

    She’s trying to encourage Roane Countians to also enjoy the party item.

    “That is the main attraction at any party, adults and little kids,” said Ferrante.

    In her Kingston home, Ferrante makes elaborate piñatas for parties in the area.

    It’s catching on, but she said using piñatas is really still a novelty here.

  • Smoot murder trial delayed until next year

    Another trial date was set for Shawn Smoot at last week’s Criminal Court docket sounding.

    Smoot, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

    The case is scheduled for trial on March 24-26, 2015.

    Smoot is on his fourth court-appointed attorney.