Today's News

  • Rockwood official quits

    Tom Pierce didn’t leave the decision on his future to Rockwood officials.
    The Rockwood City Council received a brief resignation letter Monday from the embattled former Rockwood public works director.
    Pierce was put on administrative leave earlier this year after auditors approached city officials about questionable purchases, including guns, with a city-owned credit card.

  • Kingston eyes 12-cent tax rate hike

    Even with a proposed 12-cent tax increase, Kingston City Council is looking at fewer goodies for several city departments in a fiscal year where a new city hall and a raise for city employees are paramount.
    Council members held an all-day budget workshop April 20, at which City Manager Jim Pinkerton presented the proposed budget for fiscal 2012-13.
    That was followed by individual requests from each city department head, making the case for projects that may not have made the city manager’s cut.

  • Boys & Girls Club effort gains ground

    After six years of planning and anticipating, the possibility of a Boys & Girls Club for Harriman lies in sight.
    The Boys & Girls Clubs is a nationwide organization that serves in more than 4,300 different locations. The organization’s mission is to create a safe, positive environment, supportive relationships, fun, opportunities and expectations and recognition to kids who are increasingly left to their own devices and may be at risk for falling into the wrong crowd.

  • Roane State’s Goff to speak on military service

    Roane State President Gary Goff will discuss his military career at a forum presented by the college’s Social Science, Business and Education Division.
    The forum will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at the Oak Ridge campus in room C-104 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
    Goff served as an infantry captain through two tours of combat duty during the Vietnam War.

  • Chamber banquet
  • The Garden Gate: Plant your stake today, land optional

    For the dedicated gardener anywhere, the likely spot to plant something and anything is a container.

    It is not necessary to have an acre of land to have a garden. You can have a garden in a flowerpot.

    For millions of people, even a small plot of land is not available. There are those who live in apartments, people who live on houseboats, people whose occupations keep them on the road in campers or mobile homes, so container gardening is the perfect answer.

    As a matter of fact, the size of our gardens in general is shrinking.

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 28-March 5, 2012

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

    Feb. 28 — Richard Z. Christian, aggravated assault reckless soliciation. Dismissed, cost to defendant.

    • Ricky L. McNeeley, finaincial responsibility law. Guilty.

    Feb. 29 — James A. Luffman, registration law. Guilty. Financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

  • Arrests: April 6-9, 2012

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

    April 6 — Albert Andrew York, 38, 2001 Airport Dr. S., Naples, Fla.: pubic intoxication. Bond $1,000; court date May 21.

    April 7 — Joseph Jeffery Anderson, 45, Kingston: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

    • Dustin James Bunch, 25, 416 Coal Hill Road, Coalfield: failure to appear. No bond; court date May 7.

  • Letter carriers collecting to Stamp Out Hunger

    Letter carriers in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood are joining in the 20th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 12.

    On that day, letter carriers from those Roane County post offices will join their colleagues from across the nation as they collect nonperishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 25

    25 Years Ago
    Shannon Summer Calloway of Kingston was the 1987 Roane County Poster child for the March of Dimes. The 4-year-old with a perpetual smile is fed through a tube in her stomach and can’t sit up or roll over on her own, although she tries. She was diagnosed with water on the brain and cerebral palsy and has motor skills of a 6- or 7-month old. Her mother, Lisa, thinks Shannon is intelligent.  “Maybe the Lord gave her to me as a gift,” Lisa said.

    10 Years Ago