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Today's News

  • Cafe slammed when car goes out of control

    A parked van slammed into the side of a Kingston cafe after it was struck by another vehicle Monday afternoon.
    Kingston Police Officer Jerry Singleton said 85-year-old Merle Josephine Jones was driving on West Race Street when she ran off the roadway and struck a sign at the Ridenour and Ridenour law office. The car continued, striking the van at nearby Blue Moon Cafe before finally coming to rest at a guardrail.
    Blue Moon owner Charli Michaels said the van belonged to Joy Humphrey, a woman she works with.

  • Rumors unconfirmed on steel mill's leaving

    At least two metal industry trade magazines are reporting an anonymous source that ArcelorMittal — formerly Bayou Steel — will be closing its Harriman steel mill and moving operations to the LaPlace, La., plant.
    They are also reporting an anonymous source from the company denying the remark.
    The official word? There apparently isn’t one.

  • New budget director takes the helm

    Technically sound, schooled in the financial and numbers game.
    That’s how Roane County Executive Ron Woody described Kaley Walker, the woman he hired to be the county’s new budget director.
    “I think we’ve got somebody that’s got a lot of energy, has got a very good knowledge base, some good experience,” Woody said. “I think it will be a good fit.”
    Walker’s first day on the job was Oct. 1. She replaced longtime budget director Alva Moore, who retired just before Woody took office on Sept. 1.

  • "Frankenstein" starts Oct. 14 at Roane State

    Make-up artist Rob Link discusses Sara Watson and Morgan Henry's costumes, hair and make-up for “Frankenstein” during a recent costume fitting at Roane State Community College's O'Brien Theatre. "Frankenstein" opens Thursday at 7 p.m. and will run for two weekends. For more information, contact Michael Golebiewski at 882-4589.

  • HMS stops Wartburg, 22-14

    In one of their best efforts of the season, Wartburg suffered a 22-14 loss at Harriman last Thursday to end their season at 1-7.

  • OSMS downs Midway, 14-8

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats narrowly avoided an upset Thursday when they got a last minute win over Midway, 14-8.

  • Tigers down Cherokee in 'Battle of Unbeatens'

    The much-anticipated game between Cherokee Middle School and Rockwood played at Kingston's Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field didn't disappoint Thursday evening as the Tigers won the battle of the two unbeaten teams, 22-6.

  • Woody gives Morgan Keegan the boot

    Morgan Keegan’s relationship with Roane County could become nonexistent under Ron Woody’s administration.

    The new county executive said he doesn’t plan to seek financial advice from the company.  

    “They will not be our financial advisers,” Woody said.

    That represents a change in direction for the county, which has sought the company’s advice on financial matters for years.

  • High court to weigh in on Harriman vs. Kingston

    How will five Tennessee Supreme Court justices interpret annexation law?

    Officials in Harriman and Kingston will find out when their legal representatives argue before the state’s highest court over a stretch of turf along Hwy. 70.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Kingston’s petition, Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom said last week. Kingston is seeking to overturn a lower court decision that found in favor of Harriman.

  • That's the Walmart way! Rockwood Supercenter finishes renovations

    Rockwood Walmart Supercenter celebrated the results of a major three-month remodeling project last week with a “grand reopening” celebration and ribbon cutting.

    The store, at 1102 N. Gateway Ave., remained open 24 hours a day during the extensive project.

    The official unveiling of the Rockwood store’s new look generated lots of fanfare from company and community leaders and an appearance from the Rockwood High School marching band.