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Today's News

  • 500 pounds of spuds up for grabs

    What better side for your Thanksgiving turkey than a buttery serving of mashed potatoes?

    Floyd Lawson and his Bria-Shannel Committee are once again giving away 100 five-pound bags to those in need.

    “This Tuesday, Nov. 21, we’ll be giving away our yearly potatoes at Riverfront Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Lawson.

    This is the third year that they’ve given out the tasty spuds near the holidays.

    “You can eat if you have potatoes. There are so many ways you can make them,” he said.

  • State gives OS thumbs up on sewer rehabs

    Oliver Springs wastewater plant operators have addressed some of the changes recommended when the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation visited the facility in August.

    “I told them I’m glad they came down because they showed us deficiencies,” Town Administrator Chris Mason said. “We changed the way we are doing business up there.”

    Mason said the $4.5 million upgrade to the plant should be completed by December.

    “Pretty much it is a brand new sewer plant,” Mason said.

  • Turkey Day coming early for Kingston OES

    Kingston 405 Order of the Eastern Star is finalizing

    plans for its annual turkey dinner.

    The dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in Union Lodge Hall on Spring Street, Kingston.

    Cost is $8 for smoked turkey, green beans, whole-kernel corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, slaw, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pumpkin or pecan pie and tea, coffee or water.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: With this show, would you give 5¢ to see a circus?

    Gentle reader, those of you who know our old friend William A. Newcomb know that he is a veritable wellspring of pithy sayings and stinging commentaries. One such that we have heard him utter, which we think particularly apropos at this time, is one which he has made when observing a particularly peculiar or outrageous happening, which is: “Why, I wouldn’t pay a nickel to see a circus!” with the implication that the happening is beyond anything one would see under the Big Top.

  • Rockwood police K-9 suited with body armor

    Rockwood Police Department’s K-9 Shadow has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

    K-9 Shadow’s vest is sponsored by VIK9s through the Amazon Smile donor percentage purchases program and embroidered with the sentiment, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s Inc.”

    Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c3 charity in East Taunton, Mass.

  • Out to Lunch: Go wild for the fare at Wild Plum Tea Room

    It’s that time of the year when we get to enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the leaves in our area, and particularly in the Smoky Mountains.

    My wife Carol, and I, decided to invite some long-time friends to join us for this “Out To Lunch” adventure in Gatlinburg.

    Going with us on this adventure were Jimmy and Luci Bell; plus Cliff and Sue Nunley. We’ve known them for over 35 years, and readers may remember they have been included in previous “Out To Lunch” articles.

  • Grinding crash claims life of Kingston man

    A Kingston man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash Friday night on Gallaher Road.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Austin Jergen Owens was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed in a 2012 Chrysler 300. He left the right side of the road and struck an embankment.

    “The vehicle then went airborne and struck a tree,” the report said.

    Another driver called 911 around 9:40 p.m. to report the crash.

  • County sheds light on rules

    The unincorporated areas of Roane County are facing some lighting restrictions.

    Roane County Commission unanimously adopted outdoor lighting regulations during the regular monthly meeting on Monday.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said one of the purposes of the resolution is to prevent residents and businesses from shining their lights onto other people’s property.

    “Basically, it’s saying if you’re a business or a resident, your lights can’t escape your property boundaries,” Woody said.

  • Roane salutes VETERANS
  • WATER WORKS

    Roane County has plenty of ways to enjoy the water with its beautiful lakes, rivers and community pools.

    The members of nonprofit Roane Aquatics want to expand those water opportunities with an enclosed pool that would benefit everyone.

    “It is for everyone. I want to be able to swim laps. My kids want to swim and my Mom wants water aerobics,” said Cassandra Dothard.