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Today's News

  • 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.  

  • Funds from 5K to help with health initiatives

    Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program will have its second annual 5K race/walk  on Nov. 6 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston.

    Proceeds from the race will supplement students’ health and wellness initiatives.

  • Rockwood library slates Amnesty Week Oct. 25-31

    October is the month for trick or treating, and this year the Rockwood Public Library is giving its patrons a treat.

    The library will have Amnesty Week Oct. 25-31.

    Patrons with overdue library materials may return those materials and have overdue fees waived, said Margaret Marrs, library director.

    “Please bring in any book, audios, videos, CDs or DVDs that you have misplaced or neglected to return — and no matter how overdue they may be, you will be forgiven,” Marrs said.

  • OS fall cleanup starts on Oct. 25

    The town of Oliver Springs will have its annual fall cleanup Oct. 25-Nov. 5.

    All items to be picked up should be left near the street for easy access.

    The town will not accept tires, paint, batteries or other hazardous/toxic chemicals, refrigerators or appliances that use coolants.

    The schedule for Oct. 25-29 is:

    Monday and Tuesday — Midway Drive, Fox subdivision (including side streets) and Sleepy Hol-
    low.

  • OS sophomore’s ewe a 4-H Grand Champion
  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Neighbors help smooth the way

    Back before the weather finally backed down from the brow-mopping range, I popped in to visit one of my favorite couples in the neighborhood.
    June answered the door.  
    “Come on downstairs,” she said. “We’re in the basement.”
    I followed her appreciatively, knowing it would be cooler there.
    June and Marion Dinkins have a bright, cheery basement — the kind of place you might actually enjoy doing household chores.

  • Berry's request to revisit budget ignored

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry had three pages of questions about the county’s 2010-11 budget he wanted to get answers to Tuesday night.
    He never got a chance to ask them —  his motion to reconsider the budget failed 8-7.
    Afterward, the commission voted 13-2 to accept the certified tax rate of $2.19, adding the last element missing from the budget process.
    Commissioners Berry and Benny East voted no. 2010 was a reappraisal year for Roane County.

  • Addled driver plows into schoolyard

    Another situation involving a health-impaired  driver in Kingston narrowly avoided becoming a disaster.
    A 78-year-old Knoxville man drove his car through a fence at Kingston Elementary School on Tuesday while students were outside playing.
    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff said no students were hurt.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said he viewed video of the incident.
    “The driver came through the fence, kind of did a doughnut if you would say, and was headed back out when he came to a stop,” Washam said.