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Today's News

  • Construction force voting change in Harriman

    People who normally vote at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman will vote at the South Harriman Baptist Church Family Life Center on Tuesday.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said construction at the elementary school is the reason for the change.

    Holiway said he was notified Thursday morning that the school wouldn’t be available.

    Holiway said the change will only affect people who vote at the South Harriman precinct.

  • Rarity Ridge properties auctioned for $9 million

    A foreclosure sale for properties in Rarity Ridge subdivision netted $9 million on Thursday.

    The purchaser was listed as RL REGI-TN OAK LLC.

    The sale took place on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Kyle Baisley, an attorney with the Knoxville firm Baker Donelson, was representing RL REGI.   

    “The property is being sold all together, everything as a whole, all real and personal property,” he said.

  • No recording policy baffling twist for public

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    More than 220 years ago, the nation’s founders — after gathering in Philadelphia to create the Declaration of Independence — risked life, liberty and property in fighting to create a new nation.
    Admittedly, they never had to overcome the fear of being seen on Facebook.
    Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., has banned most video and audio recording devices from his town-hall meetings.

  • Is our country truly broke? Not hardly!

    Gentle reader, how many of the right-wing radicals have you heard over the last several months make the claim that the country is broke? We know that you are too bright to fall for such malarky, but in order that you can refute this claim if you are confronted by one of these know-nothings, consider this:
    Let us say that you’ve got $1 million, but because of current low interest rates your yearly income is less than $30,000?
    You’ve got an income problem, but you certainly are not broke.
    Neither is USA.

  • United they worship

    Bethel Presbyterian and Kingston United Methodist churches have been close for years.
    So much so that when renovations for Bethel started in 2008, the two youth and young adult groups merged and have been inseparable and indistinguishable since.
    After Kingston United Methodist's fire April 30, the church has been meeting at Bethel Presbyterian, but they have also shared services in the past.
    Before the fire, they would meet every fifth Sunday.

  • Summer reading program: Oliver Springs sets ‘One World, Many Stories’

    Area preschool and elementary students are encouraged to participate in “One World, Many Stories,” the Oliver Springs Public Library’s summer library program.

    The program, which takes place each Tuesday through June, will feature a different country each week with a story, activity, craft and food representing that country.  

    Interested patrons are welcome to read for prizes and take part in special events offered throughout the summer.

  • Summer reading program: Kingston plans activities in City Park

    Kingston Public Library’s annual summer reading program kicked off on June 1.

    The program, which will continue each Wednesday through the end of the month, will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the pavilion at Kingston City Park.

    Artist Micki Anderson is heading up this year’s program. Refreshments will be served courtesy of area businesses.

    Call Barbara Thorbjornsen at 376-9905 for more information.

  • Roane County’s Brazilian connection

    Kingston Rotary Club recently hosted two young speakers, Maggie Stevens and Matheus Ferreira, with ties to Brazil.

  • Salvation Army seeks applications for summer camp

    The Salvation Army is accepting applications for this year's youth summer camp at Camp Paradise Valley.

    The program is June 27 to July 2 on Dale Hollow Lake on Tennessee-Kentucky border.

    The program for ages 7-12 and is free to children of low-income families who live in Roane and Morgan counties.

    The program offers a large number of experiences in a Christian atmosphere. The goal is to provide a positive camping experience for children who otherwise would never go to a summer camp.

  • Sign up now for junior 4-H camp

    Registration is under way in Roane County for junior 4-H camp.

    The five-day resident camp is for all 4-H members who have completed grades 4-6.

    Activities include swimming, archery and rifle ranges, group sports, fishing, nature hikes, fossils, wildlife, leather craft, woodworking, T-shirt airbrushing, tie-dying, skits, music and ropes courses.

    Camp is limited to 142 children. Cost is $235 by cash or check; $247 by credit card.