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Today's News

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Two of the Nobel prizes awarded over the past few days struck us as noteworthy in respect to the USA.
    The first is that awarded last Monday to three economists, including Professor Peter Diamond, of MIT.
    What makes his winning particularly interesting is the fact that President Obama nominated him some months ago to a vacancy on the Federal Reserve Board.
    However, one of the Republicans’ leading intellectual pygmies in the Senate, Alabama’s Richard Shelby, put a hold on his nomination so that it could not even be considered for confirmation.

  • Kingston parks get boost from grant

    By TERRI LIKENS
    tlikens@roanecounty.com
    The fun factor is about to shoot up in Kingston.
    Thanks to the efforts of the city’s parks and recreation department, the city got a grant to install brand-new playground equipment at Southwest Point near the track and soccer field, and upgrade equipment around the lake at City Park.
    Rick Ross, the city’s parks and recreation director, jumped at a chance to apply for a state grant for the work, including revamping restrooms at the Southwest Point location.

  • Film fest’s aim to lift veil

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The cultures of places like Palestine and Iran is much more than the images that are so often in the media today.
    Hoping to dismiss many of the stereotypes out there is what inspired Roane State Community College biology teacher Saeed Rahmanian, formerly from Iran, to apply for an Access for Diversity grant through the Tennessee Board of Regents.

  • Ferguson sign complaint filed

    Republican State House of Representatives candidate Julia Hurley filed a report with police on Wednesday, alleging she was threatened by her opponent’s relative.
    Greg Ferguson, brother of Democrat state Rep. Dennis Ferguson, denied the claim.  
    “She got a police report because she was told to get a police report,” Greg Ferguson said.
    Kingston Police Lt. Gary Nelson said police received a call to go to the corner of Court and Third streets, which is near the Roane County Courthouse, concerning threats.

  • Kingston apartment fire accidental

    An apartment building at 319 S. Third St. in Kingston caught fire Wednesday morning.
    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said a woman in one of the apartments accidentally set her mattress on fire.
    Gordon said the building had four apartments.  The blaze reached the roof and spread into the other apartments.
    Gordon said no one was injured. A cat was rescued from the blaze.
    “We went in and found it hiding under the bed,” Gordon said.

  • Early Voting under way

    Early voting for the Nov. 2 election began Wednesday.
    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said the turnout was 378 on the first day.   
    With absentee voting, which he said started 45 days ago, 578 people had voted so far.
    “That’s a good turnout to start,” he said.
    The last day to early vote is Oct. 28.
    Early voting locations are Rockwood Community Center, Harriman Community Center, Roane County Courthouse in Kingston and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.

  • Church Calendar

    SATURDAY, OCT. 16
    • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church’s Council of Catholic Women will have its annual fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall at 535 Margrave Drive, Harriman. Lunch will be available. Proceeds will benefit the parish and community programs.

  • Churches gear up for Christmas basket programs

    Kingston area churches have started the annual process  to make sure Roane County families in need have a merrier Christmas.

    Kingston United Methodist Church started taking applications earlier this week for its Christmas basket program.

    Kingston First Baptist Church will start its application process next week for families seeking assistance from the church’s Chrstmas food basket and angel tree programs.

  • Rockwood First Christian to mark 125th anniversary

    Rockwood First Christian will celebrate 125 years of ministry to the community on Oct. 17.  

    The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome by Pastor Kara Foster, special singing and a brief presentation on the church’s history, with pictures from the past and present.

    The worship service begins at 11 a.m. with preaching from the Rev. David Fulks, who grew up in the church and in Rockwood.

    The celebration will continue afterward with a luncheon in the fellowship hall.

  • OS ‘Make a Wish’ campaign part of Children’s Health Week activities

    Children’s Health Week is a yearly event in Tennessee, and Roane County students joined in the Oct. 4-10 celebration with special events at many of the schools.

    Each of the 18 schools has a Healthy School Team responsible for planning and implementing such initiatives and other healthy-focus  campaigns throughout the year for both students and staff.