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Today's News

  • Public notice helps all keep watch on government

    By FRANK GIBSON
    A government reform commission in Virginia has recommended abolishing the 10-year-old Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council as a way to streamline government and save money.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    We find our fun where we can here at the newspaper.
    Otherwise, we’d all just go bonkers.
    When I read editor Terri Likens’ column last Friday, I had to chuckle at her pirate-speak.
    Reading further it dawned on me she and I were on the same wavelength.
    Our brief chat after deadline confirmed my suspicion
    We are both “over it.”
    Our short exchange reminded me of a film from way back in the day.
    Anyone remember “Network”?
    It won four Academy Awards.

  • NNSA celebrates nuclear science

    The National Nuclear Security Administration is celebrating National Nuclear Science Week with five days of features on the NNSA website that showcase the innovations and opportunities in nuclear science.
    Each day this week, NNSA’s Nuclear Science Week website, www.nuclearscienceweek.org, will feature a different way nuclear science is at the core of its mission.

  • Officer of the year looms large

    At 6 feet, 5 inches, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Kittrell stands out in a crowd.
    However, it wasn’t his height that separated him from his peers in 2010. Sheriff Jack Stockton said it was his work ethic.
    “He’s dependable,” Stockton said. “Any assignment that he’s given, he’d follow through with the assignment and you don’t have to check behind him. You know that it’s done once you give him an assignment.”

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 26

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Industry makes ice twice as nice

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Kingston Rotary Club pancake breakfast set

    Kingston Rotary Club will have its annual pancake breakfast and silent auction from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 5 in Kingston Church of Christ family center.

    The menu will consist of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange juice, milk and coffee.

    The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

    Proceeds raised by last year’s pancake breakfast and silent auction were used to help restore an earthquake damaged health clinic in Haiti and to promote scholarship and reward achievement of students in Roane County schools.

  • THP to conduct license checks in February

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct two driver license roadside safety checkpoints in February in Roane County.

    The THP will have a checkpoint from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 on Hwy. 58 near the bridge.

    The second checkpoint will be from 9 to 10 p.m. Feb. 18 at Hwy. 70 and Poland Hollow Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who would violate Tennessee driver license laws.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Robert T. Givens

    Army Reserve Sgt. Robert T. Givens served as a support staff member during the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  

    Givens, a healthcare specialist (combat medic) sustainment instructor, is assigned to the 228th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. The reservist has served in the military for 10 years.

    The son of Kyong O. Givens of Rockwood, he was a 1984 graduate of Cumberland County High School, Crossville.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: John E. Gilliland

    The U.S. Air Force recently promoted John E. Gilliland to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

    Gilliland is the staff judge advocate at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. He is currently deployed as the staff judge advocate at Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan.  

    A Roane County native and a 1987 graduate of Roane County High School, he is the son of Julianne Bailey and Robert Brown of Kingston and William Gilliland of Manchester. He is the brother of Kelli G. Klidzejs of Manchester.