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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Barbara G. Baker, financial responsibility Jan. 28. Guilty as charged April 9, convicted.

    Brittany Ann Mendoza, financial responsibility Jan. 28. Traffic ticket paid April 5.

    Tammy D. Sherrill, violation of driver license Jan. 28. Dismissed April 9, cost to state.

    Tammy D. Sherrill, seat belt law Jan. 28. Guilty as charged April 9, convicted.

  • Text-happy county employees run up hefty bill

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has instituted new cell phone policies for employees under his supervision.

    One  policy will require employees to provide their boss with the time and date of each call, business purpose of each call and an explanation of the business relationship with all participating parties of each call.

    The employee will also have to reimburse the county for personal calls, text messages and data usage.

  • Haslam taps Jim Henry for new state post

    Governor-elect Bill Haslam has appointed Kingston resident Jim Henry the first commissioner of the newly formed Tennessee Department of Intellectual Disabilities.

    The agency was formerly a division of the Department of Finance and Administration before the Tennessee General Assembly made it a state department, and it will become official Jan. 5.

  • GET PACKING: Shipping still busy after Dec. 25

    You name it, chances are The UPS Store in Pinnacle Pointe has shipped it this holiday season.  

    “Clothing, electronics, toys, candy, cookies, a little bit of everything,” owner Claudette Coulombe said. “Anything you would expect to get for Christmas, we’re shipping it. Lots of toys.”

    The store has been swamped leading up to Christmas. Coulombe said Monday was so busy they could hardly find time to take a break.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Blue Christmas ... or Bluegrass Christmas

    The heartwrenching songs of Christmas used to really tug at my heart.

    You know — the ones with lyrics like, “I’ll be home for Christmas ... if only in my dreams” or “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.”

    That’s because I lived those songs for many years. I’ve lost count of the number of Christmases I could not get “home” to my relatives because of my work situation and my distance away from the rest of my family.

  • Coast Guard urges safety

    As wintertime ushers in freezing temperatures and icy waters, it also introduces an increased risk of boating fatalities in the event of an accident, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Although many of these fatalities cannot be attributed to one specific cause of death, cold water conditions, such as hypothermia and cold water immersion, do set the stage for many dangers not as present in the warmer months. 

  • Harriman sweeps Midway

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils closed out the pre Christmas portion of their schedule Monday evening with a pair of big wins over visiting Midway.

    The Lady Devils took the floor first and used a big second half to pick up a 54-37 victory over the Lady Waves.

  • This space is dedicated to the givers among us

    Are you one of the people who dropped a handful of coins  — or more — in a Salvation Army bucket?
    Perhaps you gathered boxes and cans of food for one of the many drives to help feed the needy.
    Maybe you donated pet supplies to the new pantry to help needy families feed and keep their pets.
    Or perhaps you gave generously to United Way, Operation REACH or one of the many other causes that can help people here in Roane County and beyond.
    If you are one of those who gave what you could, whether it be a little or a lot, we thank you.

  • Impressions

    Observations from a slightly frozen fellow who says or does what guys most often do … the wrong thing.
    While vigorously ringing my Salvation Army “ding-a-ling” bell outside Kingston Food City the past couple of weeks, I picked up on a trend.
    I spied a steady stream of guys toting out red roses.
    Most carried out a single bud.
    Others juggled at least a dozen.
    “Hmmm … must be in the doghouse.”

  • County audit comes with tips for change

    There was no findings on the state’s latest audit of Roane County.
    However, the state’s Division of County Audit did make a suggestion.
    “Roane County does not have an audit committee,” the state wrote. “Sound business practices dictate that establishing an audit committee would significantly improve management oversight and accountability. The absence of an audit committee has been a management decision by the county commission.”