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Today's News

  • OSMS remains unbeaten

     

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats improved to 5-0 on the season after dominating Jefferson with a 46-6 rout on Thursday evening. 

  • Lawnville Road stretch closed

    A portion of Lawnville Road will be closed and traffic rerouted next week as Roane County Road Department workers replace a bridge.

    The damaged appears to have been from a tractor trailer.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said the damage probably happened when traffic was diverted off the interstate, but he’s not certain when.

    “We’ll have them a nice, new bridge that will be wider also,” Ferguson said.

  • MAINTAINING THE MUSIC

    The sensual refrains of a saxophone can often be heard at Roane State Community College.

    When Roland Ledesma takes a break from his custodial work, he often plays.

    Many times he’s practicing music he will later play alongside the Roane State Jazz Band.

    “I have been with them a long time. I started working here about seven years ago. I heard they had a jazz band,” said Ledesma.

    He started taking a class for fun.

  • Kingston goes quiet on noise

    Kingston City Council members agreed not to sound off on noise for at least another month at their Sept. 9 regular council session.

    Council heard from residents of the neighborhood off West Race Street this summer, a neighborhood that had been plagued by a noise problem back in 2012, owing to a pair of area restaurant-bars that had been featuring live patio music several nights per week throughout the warmer months.

  • Pemberton dismisses first lawsuit

    Is 3 minutes and 11 seconds enough time for a fast-food restaurant to remedy a slip hazard?

    New Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton doesn’t think so.

    In his order dismissing a slip-and-fall lawsuit against Hardee’s, Pemberton said the timeframe wasn’t long enough for the restaurant to discover the hazard.

    “Negligence is not to be presumed from the mere happening of an accident,” Pemberton said in the order.

  • Busy month for Rockwood Rotary

    Rockwood Rotary Club has a number of upcoming projects planned for the next month.

    Today — Sept. 20 — the club is sponsoring seven Rockwood High School juniors at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, an annual training program.

    Also attending will be five students sponsored by Harriman Rotary Club. Kingston Rotary Club is sponsoring four students for the leadership training.

    Rockwood Rotarians will distribute 196 dictionaries to third-graders at Midtown and Ridge View elementary schools on Sept. 30.

  • Creatures great and small to be blessed in service

    A line of pets will begin forming at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman, for the fifth annual Blessing of the Animals.

    Everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses – four legs, two legs, feathered or scaled – all creatures are welcome.

    Light refreshments will be served for all the pets and their caretakers.

    This favorite traditional ceremony may be traced back to the fourth century when animals were first allowed into the church to be blessed.

  • The Chase raises funds for infant loss awareness

    Registration for “The Chase,” a 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk to raise money for infant loss awareness, will be at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at Fort Southwest Point Recreational Park, Kingston.

    This is Grace Community Church’s second annual race, which raises awareness and funds for sudden infant death syndrome.

    The race is in loving memory of Chase Austin Ruffner.

    Chase, infant son of church members Isaiah and Brittany Ruffner, lost his life to sudden infant death syndrome.

  • Silver anniversary of Miller’s ordination

    Redeemer Lutheran Church, Midtown, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pastor Michael Miller’s ordination into the ministry.

    The celebration on Sept. 7 includes, from left, the Rev. Steven Scov, the Rev. Robert Pfaff, the Rev. Roger Paavola, Miller and the Rev. Bill Couch.

    The church is at 1658 Roane State Hwy.

  • New Midway fish fry to benefit youth missions

    The youth of New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a fish fry on Sept. 27 in the church’s family life center on New Midway Road.

    The church’s youth are planning to go on a number of missions trips this year, and the proceeds from the fish fry will go toward the cost of those trips.

    The fish fry will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Tickets for all-you-can-eat crappie and catfish, with all sides, are $11 per person.

    They are available from any New Midway Baptist member, or they may be purchased at the door.