Today's News

  • WRITE LIKE a GIRL: Now you see it, now you don’t

    I just celebrated a birthday.

    Never mind which one — and don’t you dare try to guess. Those of you who know are sworn to secrecy.

    It started me thinking about the aging process and the running and ducking from Mother Nature that’s commenced.

    Figuratively speaking, of course, because any time I entertain the notion of running or even donning high heels, my bum knee whispers, “Are you SURE you want to do that?”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Paul Ryan’s budget may have sealed GOP fate

    Note: Longtime readers will recall that a couple of seasons back we wrote of a white-flowered Paulownia (Princess tree) located on Highway 72 just above Paint Rock.

    On the way back from Vonore Wednesday morning, we passed the site of the tree and are pleased to report that it was in full flower.

  • Ben*Jam sweeps music awards on state, national level

    Rockwood-based Southern Gospel band  Ben*Jam received three major awards at the recent 2012 North American Country Music Association International.

    The band picked up honors for most promising band, most promising songwriter and Horizon album at the March event in Pigeon Forge.

    Ben*Jam also did well at the Tennessee Country and Gospel Music Association, with wins for best album, best video, Horizon vocalist, two-time best songwriter and most promising band.

  • Humane Society goes green to help pets
  • Sheriff’s office hours changing on Monday

    Hours are changing for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Beginning Monday, April 9, the business office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    The change will not affect inmate visitation hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

    The business office and inmate visitation will be closed for all government holidays.

    The sheriff’s office is at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.

    For non-emergencies after office hours, call 354-8045. For emergencies, call 911.

  • Crusaders for Christ bearing cross on Saturday

    Christians in Roane County are again picking up the cross this weekend in their third annual Crusaders for Christ trek from Rockwood to Kingston.

    Participants carrying the cross this year will meet at 9 a.m. April 7 at Paradise Baptist Church, Rockwood, and make the 14.1-mile trek to Kingston First Baptist Church at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    “We sent out packets to the faith-based community and asked for their participation,” said Tony Ruff, student pastor at Potter’s House in Kingston.

  • St. Anthony’s marks Anglican church’s first year

    St. Anthony’s Anglican Church, Crab Orchard, celebrated its first anniversary as a mission church on Passion Sunday, March 25th.

    Twenty-four people attended the Holy Eucharist service led by Father Ernie Pinto. A ham dinner, complete with a large decorated cake marking the occasion, followed.

    In addition to the normal set of parishioners, including many from Roane County, St. Anthony’s welcomed visitors from area churches as well as visitors from Holy Cross Anglican Church in Farragut.  

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  • Roane students excel in postsecondary studies

    East Tennessee State University
    Three East Tennessee State University students from Roane County earned placement on the dean’s list for fall semester.
    They are Christopher C. McCarroll of Harriman, and April E. Parkison and Erika B. Smith, both of Kingston.
    To receive this honor, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with a grade-point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
    ETSU is in Johnson City.

    Maryville College

  • Barnett serves as senate page

    Karoline Barnett recently served as a page in the state Senate.

    Barnett, an eighth-grader at Cherokee Middle School, Kingston, was sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    She was accompanied to the capitol by her father, Elliott Barnett.

    “I am pleased that Karoline had the opportunity to serve as a page for our State Senate,” Yager said. “It was a privilege to get to know her and be her sponsor. I hope thats he and all the pages I have sponsored will continue to be interested in her state government in the future.”