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Today's News

  • Roane County students eligible for scholarships

    East Tennessee Foundation has four scholarships available for Roane County students for the 2011-12 school year.

    Roane County students are eligible for the B&W Y-12 Scholarship, the Ruby A. Brown Memorial Scholarship, the Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship and the Gail Clay Scholarship.

    Applications and guidelines are available at www.easttennesseefoundation.org.   

    B&W Y-12 Scholarship

  • Church Calendar

    SATURDAY, JAN. 15
    • Dogwood Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a singing at 7 p.m. The Melodys of Georgia will be featured. The church is on Dogwood Valley Road.

    WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19

  • Visit state attractions free, cheaper Saturday

    Many Tennessee museums and attractions will open their doors to Tennesseans for free or reduced admission on Jan. 15 in a cooperative agreement celebrating the inauguration of Gov.-elect Bill Haslam.

    Haslam and his wife, Crissy Haslam, are following a tradition started by Gov. Phil Bredesen to raise interest in and celebrate Tennessee’s cultural attractions as a feature of the inauguration.

    Free admission is being offered on Jan. 15 to the following area attractions:

  • General Sessions Court

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

    Joshua M. Cochran, speeding Jan. 9, 2010. Failed to appear May 7, convicted.

    Darrison A. Palmer, speeding Feb. 8, 2010. Traffic ticket paid May 13.

    Joshua W. Crabtree, bumper law – CV Jan. 16, 2010. Dismissed May 7, cost to state.

    Megan C. Gipson, speeding Jan. 19, 2010. Guilty as charged May 7, convicted.

  • All-State Band includes Grubb, RCHS junior

    Michaela Grubb, a junior at Roane County High School in Kingston, was chosen last weekend to participate in this year’s Tennessee All-State Band.

    Grubb was selected from several hundred applicants at auditions on Jan. 8 and will perform with the Tennessee All-State Band on April 6-9 at Opryland in Nashville.

    Students from across Tennessee will rehearse for three days and then present a concert at the Tennessee Music Educators Convention.

  • The troubling disappearance of Karen Beard

    Twenty years after a 35-year-old Kingston mother’s disappearance from Roane County, the case still runs cold.

    Karen Beard hasn’t been seen since Jan. 15, 1991.

    Her car was abandoned near Center's Ferry Bridge, and personal items that someone would be expected to travel with were left in her Harriman home.

    She was seven-and-a-half months pregnant with her third child and in the middle of a custody battle with her ex-husband, Reece Beard, over their then 8- and 5-year-old daughters.

  • Art — it's what you make of it

    Russell Allion has a passion for art.

    He had a blank canvas to work with this week.

    Allion spent much of Tuesday constructing large pieces of snow art, including one he called “Frosty having a bad day.”

    He used PVC pipe to shape the extended arms. He also helped neighbor children build Frosty a girlfriend.

    By late Tuesday afternoon he was busy carving out skeletal areas on a snow zombie.

    In the past Allion has carved out a snow couch and recliner.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Whirling duck fans the flames of cabin fever

    It was the glow that woke me up.
    One glance at the closed curtain, anther at the clock, and I knew what was outside: Snow and plenty of it.
    So around 3:30 a.m. Monday, I sat up in bed, threw back the curtain and watched snow pour like rain from the sky.
    It had already piled up.
    The little whirligig duck across the street at Joe and Lois Longmire’s carried a several-inch load of snow on its back.
    Its little wings spun wildly.

  • Road salt dwindles; costs up

    Road salt supplies have dwindled for the area as the Southeast was blasted with the worst wintry weather in recent years.


    “I’m out of salt,” said Harriman street superintendent Darrell “Drack” Langley. “I’m using rock and sand right now. Our roads are decent.”


    Harriman only had “maybe a truckload” of salt on Wednesday, Langley said.


    The street department was saving that for emergency use until the city is restocked.

  • Kids hurt in snow-slung kayak incident

    Three children were hurt in an accident involving a four-wheeler on Wednesday in Rockwood.
    The accident happened at Brickyard Springs around 3:30 p.m.
    Rockwood police and first responders were dispatched to the scene.
    According to the police report, the juveniles were in a kayak that was being pulled behind a four-wheeler.