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Today's News

  • Kingston police help give holiday dinner to others

    Christmas is still weeks away, but the spirit of giving is already alive and well in Roane County.

    Hundreds of local families got the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner thanks to that spirit, which was on display Tuesday at Kingston City Park.

    The Kingston Police Department teamed up with Hands of Mercy to hand out boxes of food to those in need.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said the recipients were able to choose either a ham or turkey and got all the fixings to feed a family of six to eight.

  • Nutcracker 2010: Holiday tradition all in the family for some performers

    A number of Roane County families ushered in the holiday season over the weekend by queuing in line for Black Friday sales and trimming the Christmas tree.

    Roane County’s Ochs family, however, has been in the holiday spirit for months. And they and others will see their hard work pay off Thursday, when “The Nutcracker” opens for its first show at Roane State Community College.

  • Surplus revenue earmarked for airport

    Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans didn’t need a airplane to be floating on air last week.

    The fired-up councilwoman, who is on the airport steering committee, was elated after she received permission to allot the revenues gained by the surplus of several vehicles to a match for funds to make improvements at the Rockwood Municipal Airport.

    “I’m absolutely thrilled to death,” she said. “No matter what, it could really be a lot.”

  • Preliminary design for new school OK'd

    The Roane County Board of Education has approved the preliminary design for the new elementary school in the Oliver Springs area.

    The proposed K-4 school will be on Ollis Road.

    It is part of the school system’s $32 million TVA-funded building program.

    Architect Lanis Cope showed a presentation on the new school design at the board’s Nov. 18 meeting.

    He said the building will be all brick with sloped roofs.

  • VECustomers Share helps out community
  • Rockwood steps back on setback

    Members of Rockwood church congregations scored a victory last week when city leaders decided to reinstate the 100-foot distance requirement on the sale of beer from schools and churches.

    Rockwood City Council is requesting its beer board to amend the city’s ordinance on alcohol sales. Any suggested changes would need to come through the beer board to council, said Rockwood Mayor James Watts.

  • Blood drives planned at high schools

    Volunteer fans fell short in this year’s Battle of the Orange and Blue, a friendly competitive blood drive that helps stock supplies in Tennessee and Kentucky.

    This year’s loss to the Kentucky Wildcats ends a seven-year winning streak for Tennessee fans in the Medic Regional Blood Center competition, said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    “The real winners in this friendly competition are the area hospitals that can rest assure they will have adequate inventory heading into the holiday season,” she added.

  • Out to Lunch: Apple Cake Tea Room’s a happy sort of place

    By Bethel Poston

  • Upcoming hoops schedule

    Monday, Nov. 29

    Greenback at Harriman (Middle School)

    Lenoir City at Midway (Middle School)

    Kingston at Wartburg (High School)

  • OS bass club reels them in