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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 10-19, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 10 — Jeremy A. Grogan, improper lane change, window tinted: bound over.

    • Bryan Browne, seat belt 18 and older, contributing to delinquency of a child: dismissed.

    • Joey Lane Colyer, simple possession/casual exchange: guilty.

    • K.G. Gallaher Jr., written report of accident, leave scene of accident-property damage: dismissed.

  • Ham operators gear up for Field Day

    The Roane County Amateur Radio Club will participate in the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day this weekend.

    Exercises will take place from 2 p.m. June 28 until 2 p.m. June 29 at Fort Southwest Point pavilion, Kingston.

    The public is encouraged to attend and hear more about the Roane County Amateur Radio Club and amateur radio, commonly referred to as “ham” radio.

    The AARL, which is the association promoting amateur radio in the U.S., sets aside the fourth full weekend of June for Field Day.

  • Free skin cancer screening offered this week in Roane

    The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road To Healthy Skin Tour will make a stop at Kingston Rite-Aid this week to offer free full-body skin cancer screenings to the public.

    Two private examination rooms will be available in a specially designed vehicle.

    Members of the public may stop by for screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26 at Kingston Rite-Aid at 106 W. Race St.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 23

    Get-well wishes to Carolyn Clemmons, who recently had eye surgery in Oak Ridge.

    She is at home but still under the doctor’s care. We wish you a speedy recovery.

    St. Mary’s Baptist Church sang the birthday song to Allen Hickman, June 19; Denice Bolton, June 28; and to Carolyn Clemmons, June 28.

    After a prayer, they were given a small gift.

    Ronnie and Danielle Scott will celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary on June 27.

    They were married June 27, 1998.

    They are the parents of two children.

  • County workers poised for pay raise

    Roane County has yet to complete the budget process for the 2014-15 fiscal year, but employees and property owners might find something pleasing about where the budget stands right now.

    It calls for a 3-percent raise for county employees — and no increase in the property tax rate.

    “The employees have served us well over the last few years without raises,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Candidates for sheriff open up at 2nd debate

    Last week’s debate between Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton and challenger Jared Hall was more lively than the one they had in April.

    The pair tackled some of the same topics, but there was more back-and-forth discussion this time.

    “Whether we use the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program or something like it, I will offer it back to Roane County Schools,” Hall said.

    “I feel, based on my past experience working with the school system right here in Roane County, that they will be more than eager to accept it.”

  • Kamp aims to ease kindergarten transition

    Laughing and learning are normal occurrences at Kingston Elementary during the school year.

    But what’s commonplace in the school’s classrooms during the summer?

    The same thing — at least during Kinder Kamp for incoming kindergartners.

    “It is a huge help for them to come and get familiar with it all,” said Kingston Elementary kindergarten teacher Jennifer Raymer.

    “It helps with the transition so much.”

  • Softball team’s Pink Out game cites Narramore

    Pink clothing is not unusual on the field at many children’s softball games.

    But at a game last week at Midway, the preponderance of pink had special impact.

    When Midway 8-and-under hosted a Pink Out game against Kingston last Monday, it was in honor of April Narramore.

    The longtime South of the River resident was diagnosed with breast cancer in April.

    “The ‘C’ word is always devastating,” Narramore said, “but I haven’t been alone through any of it.”

  • Sewer issue may be resolved

    Kingston officials hope they’re on the verge of settling a longstanding issue with the wastewater treatment expansion and putting the long-delayed project on a fast track to completion.

    City Council members learned this month of the latest meetings between city officials and the contractor for the wastewater plant expansion.

    A subcontractor hired by the chief contractor damaged an oxidation ditch a couple of years back, causing delays and, potentially, cost overruns.

    The project required an initial $262,000 in engineering and related costs.

  • OS homecoming queen goes from tiara to combat boots

    Morgan Gail Wright proves she can be sugar, spice and everything nice and still whoop some butt.

    The 2013 Oliver Springs High School homecoming queen is no stranger to the sweat and physical challenge of boot camp. In fact, she welcomes it.

    She went through the grueling Freedom Alliance Military Leadership Academy last summer.

    “That was probably the two hardest weeks of my life so far,” said Wright.

    Wright said it is similar to ­— but more intense — than the Civil Air Patrol summer program she went through.