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Today's News

  • WORK ON PORTER PARK
  • Alleged boat ramp robber back behind bars

    One of the suspects in an alleged December robbery was arrested over the weekend. Larry Shane Chrisco was charged with violating bond conditions.

    According to the warrant, Harriman police responded to 511 Clinch St. on Sunday to investigate a report about a man beating a woman.

    The alleged victim, Shannon Drake, wouldn’t let police in the residence, but they made entry anyway due to the circumstances. The warrant said police checked a bathroom while inside.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kudos for retreat from Gatlinburg

    The Roane County Board of Education held a retreat/conference last weekend.

    Although the board considered holding the retreat in Gatlinburg, the group decided to remain in Roane County and held the meeting at Roane State Community College.

    This was a good decision on the part of the board for several reasons and deserves to be praised.

  • GLIMPSES: Divided, but will we soon decline?

    By Mark Banker

    I begin with belated best wishes for 2017.

    A nasty virus plagued my January, but my captive status offered one dubious benefit. Television and the internet provided a front-row view for the transition from the Obama to Trump eras.

    One week into the latter, Americans can agree on one thing: Our nation’s prolonged divide has widened. Our new president’s admirers are pleased that his actions are consistent with his campaign promises.

  • Food City Shelby Report’s 2016 top retailer

    Abingdon, Va.-based Food City — with stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs — was selected as The Shelby Report of the Southeast’s Retailer of the Year.

    Food City was recognized as a company that exemplifies leadership in merchandising, marketing, innovation and community service.

    The company, founded by Jack Smith in 1955, started out with one store in Grundy, Va.

  • Customer service to be focus of Academy

    SCORE will present a three-session Customer Service Academy at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    The three sessions, free for up to two employees registered by Chamber members, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7 and 14. A $50 fee will be charged to others wishing to attend.

    The Academy is designed to help employees in several ways:

    • Understand how job performance impacts quality of life

    • Develop skills that enhance customer satisfaction scores

  • Kingston notches two wins over Sequoyah

    After a District 4AA loss to CAK last Tuesday, the Kingston basketball teams rebounded by sweeping a pair of non-district, road  games with Sequoyah Thursday night.
    The Lady Jackets beat Sequoyah 71-67 and the Yellow Jackets won 70-57.
    Kingston 71, Sequoyah 67: Riley Guillemet, Hannah Bailey and Abby Wilson tallied 22, 20 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Jackets.
    Madi Haymes led Sequoyah with 29 points, while  Emily Hawkins added 16.

  • Kingston notches two wins over Sequoyah

    After a District 4AA loss to CAK last Tuesday, the Kingston basketball teams rebounded by sweeping a pair of non-district, road  games with Sequoyah Thursday night.
    The Lady Jackets beat Sequoyah 71-67 and the Yellow Jackets won 70-57.
    Kingston 71, Sequoyah 67: Riley Guillemet, Hannah Bailey and Abby Wilson tallied 22, 20 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Jackets.
    Madi Haymes led Sequoyah with 29 points, while  Emily Hawkins added 16.

  • Customer service to be focus of Academy

    SCORE will present a three-session Customer Service Academy at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    The three sessions, free for up to two employees registered by Chamber members, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7 and 14. A $50 fee will be charged to others wishing to attend.

  • Rockwood woman’s term commuted

    Prayers were answered for the family of a woman serving time in federal prison.

    Kristi Miller was sentenced to 20 years for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy. She wasn’t scheduled to be released until Nov. 19, 2027. Her sentence will end earlier now.

    On Jan. 19, his last full day in office, President Barack Obama granted Miller’s request for clemency.  

    “She’s ecstatic,” Miller’s father, Rockie Elswick said.