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Today's News

  • Kingston police book two on burglary charges

    Kingston Police Department made two arrests Dec. 7 in connection with burglaries in Kingston.

    Gabriel Mitchell Stepp, 18, of 2874 Lawnville Road, Kingston, was arrested at his home and charged with aggravated burglary that occurred at 903 Valley Road in Kingston.

    Some of the items that were taken from the residence on Valley Road were located and returned to the owner.

    Later that same day, Lance Michael Tracy was arrested for aggravated burglary that occurred at 711 Hill St. in Kingston.

  • Manhattan Project Park teams up with Children’s Museum

    The National Park Service, Department of Energy and Children's Museum of Oak Ridge welcomes the public to an open house celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

    Museum admission will be free during this event, which marks the Manhattan Project National Historical Park’s newest location for providing information about the park.

  • New Legal Aid program helps veterans

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, with an office in Oak Ridge to serve Roane County, has launched a new program with the Nashville Bar Association to support veterans with legal issues.

    The new program, called The Veterans Project, is a partnership among the Association, Veterans Court, Office of the Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville, Metro Homelessness Commission, Operation Stand Down TN and Legal Aid Society’s Volunteer Lawyers Program.

  • First woman commissioner
  • OFF the CUFF: State’s policy a sign of the times?

    Members of Tennessee’s General Assembly have new digs.

    If you’re a Tennessean or have spent money in the Volunteer State, you helped foot the $126 million bill to renovate Nashville’s Cordell Hull Building to house the offices of our state Representatives and Senators.

    Our lawmakers have shiny new desks, plush chairs and other office accessories because who wants to move old, dank furnishings when you can opt for new on the taxpayer’s dime?

  • GOING with the FLO: The way we view history affects how we live today

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans today are uninformed or misinformed about the truth of our American history. Our nation’s history has been rewritten or altered and our educational system is receiving an altered view of history.

    “I know of no other way of judging the future than by the past.” (Patrick Henry) We must remember that Thomas Jefferson said, “History, by appraising the past, will enable them to judge of the future. “

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Pre-war Christmas shopping and other observances

    Gentle reader, here we are at the ides of December, and the world is awash in unrest, turmoil, white trash and Trump, but the Old Curmudgeon refuses to be depressed or downcast.

    It may be because he is deep into his second childhood, but he cannot help but be overcome, even overwhelmed with the spirit of Christmas.

  • November rains put Kingston’s drainage to test

    The Kingston City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to provide funding for drainage and road repairs following an historic rain event last month.

    The five inches of rain that fell Nov. 7 was one of the heaviest such events on record in East Tennessee, said Kingston City Manager Dave Bolling.

    A culvert and drainage system running under West Race Street between Patton Ferry and Oran Zirkle roads began to wash out following heavy rain, endangering the roadway and prompting immediate action.

  • Committees to stay put, for now

    The Roane County Commission’s committees aren’t going anywhere just yet.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis withdrew a resolution that called for abolishing them at the Dec. 11 meeting.

    Ellis said he was moved to do so after hearing Committee on Committees Chairman Stan Moore vow to take a look at the number of committees, and possibly get rid of some.

    “We’ll go back and look at some of these that haven’t met, or feel like don’t have much teeth in it and try to remove some of those,” Moore said.

  • Blaze damages Roane St. apartment

    Harriman fire officials reported a Roane Street apartment was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.

    “We got the page at 3:24 a.m. to 715 S. Roane St.,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “The business was Lawnbusters, and the fire was in the basement in an apartment kitchen area.”

    Daniels said the apartment suffered heavy damage in the kitchen area and had heavy smoke damage.

    A man who lived at the apartment planned to move in with a friend, the fire chief said.