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Today's News

  • Church Calendar

    SUNDAY, FEB. 13
    • Bradbury United Methodist Church, Kingston, will have a special veterans celebration during the 11 a.m. service. Veterans will be honored; Col. Mike Charles will be the guest speaker. Special music is planned. A lunch will be served after the program. The church is at 3506 Buttermilk Road West. Call the church office at 376-2990 for details.

    MONDAY, FEB. 14

  • Harriman Memorial Day parade slated

    The city of Harriman will have a 2011 Memorial Day parade on May 28.

    The event will honor all military veterans who have served to protect U.S. It will extend the gratitude to all emergency service workers who have paid the ultimate price while protecting United States citizens.

    The parade will begin near Harriman High School on Roane Street, and extend to Harriman Riverfront Park along the banks of the Emory River.

    In case of rain, the parade will be postponed until May 29.

  • County logs first highway fatality of year

    A Roane County man died after his car crashed on Tuesday.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Timothy A. Bailes was traveling on Hwy. 61 in a 1994 Saturn.

    Bailes, 59, of Harriman, veered off the roadway and struck a tree in the afternoon wreck, the fatality report said.
    Tuesday’s accident, which was near Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, was the first traffic fatality to occur in Roane County this year.

  • TVA to close outreach center

    The TVA Outreach Center on Kentucky Street in Kingston will close next month.

    TVA opened the center in January 2009 to give residents a place to report concerns about the fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “The outreach center staff has served more than 1,700 families and has received hundreds of inquiries,” TVA said in an e-mail to the Roane County Community Advisory Group.

    However, from October 2010 through Monday, TVA said, 17 calls or visits were made to the center. Six of those were unrelated to the disaster cleanup.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Desert love story is one for the romantics

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d take my column in a different direction this week.
    Thanks for sharing, Donna.
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    Dirt, grit, sweat, heat — and showers in short supply. That was the recipe for lasting romance for one Roane County couple.
    It was August 1978 and still in the early days of Roane State Community College and its annual Southwestern field trip.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Desert love story is one for the romantics

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d take my column in a different direction this week.
    Thanks for sharing, Donna.
    ******
    Dirt, grit, sweat, heat — and showers in short supply. That was the recipe for lasting romance for one Roane County couple.
    It was August 1978 and still in the early days of Roane State Community College and its annual Southwestern field trip.

  • Gallaher Road fire erupts

    The old Rogers Southeastern Lubricants building on Gallaher Road in Kingston caught fire Wednesday night. Flames could be seen from Interstate 40. Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said the cause of the fire was still unknown Thursday morning.  
    “The renter had stated that they had some electrical problems that they reported to the owner of the building,” he said.    
    The blaze was reported to E-911 dispatch around 8:20 p.m. Multiple crews responded.  

  • High heating bills add to winter's chill

    Unusually cold weather continues to swell customers heating bills this winter.

    While it seems February is turning milder, people are just getting the heating costs for January, which continued the December trend of biting cold winds and below-average lows.

    “Generally, we saw many bills that came out in January for December usage double the amount for the same period last year or for the month preceding. That was to be expected based on the unusually cold weather in December,” said Harriman Utility Board manager Chuck Flora.

  • Rockwood considers take-home vehicle policy

    Rockwood officials are considering whether to amend the city’s take-home police vehicle policy for some out-of-county officers.

    After much debate, a committee was formed to bring back a recommendation.

    “The city has a policy that allows employees in an emergency position to drive their vehicles home if they live inside the 5th Civil District,” Mayor James Watts said at a recent meeting.

    The change is being considered because of a K-9 officer living in Morgan County.

  • Tigers pick up district split

    The Rockwood Tigers picked up a big District 3-A victory Tuesday night as Paul Kamikawa’s squad travelled to Greenback and knocked off the Cherokees, 56-47.

    The news wasn’t as good for the Lady Tigers, however, as Greenback picked up a 44-43 victory.

    Tuesday’s results also leave the District 3-A standings in a bit of a mess.

    The Lady Tigers are currently second in the standings with one game left on their schedule. A victory over Midway Friday would secure the Lady Tigers at least a second place tie for Rockwood in the final district standings.