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Today's News

  • Starved child case grinds through court

    The case against the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death continues to wind slowly through the court system.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson had a hearing scheduled in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    The case was rescheduled, and a new date won’t be determined until the Aug. 15 docket sounding.

  • Kingston votes for zoning change

    A nearly full house showed to see Kingston City Council vote on a proposed rezoning that would enable a planned car dealership and retail development off North Kentucky Street.

    Most of the audience went home with the same concerns they brought into the council room, as council voted 7-0 to approve the rezoning on first reading.

    The rezoning concerns a 47-acre parcel near Davis and Dogwood drives in Kingston. Jerry Duncan Ford is planning a move from its current Harriman location to be closer to the interstate.

  • Young gardeners put in work
  • Give blood Friday in Harriman

    Summer months are difficult for several businesses — and the same is true for Medic Regional Blood Center, the community blood provider.

    The organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply hospitals, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    “Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations,” she said. “However, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is needed.”

  • Roane Choral receives ABC grant

    The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded an Arts Build Communities grant to the Roane Choral Society.

    The $3,300 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the Tennessee General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing-arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager. R-Kingston.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • UT honors Harriman’s Evan Ford

    Evan Cameron Ford of Harriman receives the Tom Siler Scholarship from The College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

    Ford was awarded the scholarship during the 2014 Honors Convocation by UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media Director and Professor Peter Gross.

  • Tennessee Technological University dean's list: Spring 2014

    A number of Roane County students were named to the Tennessee Technological University dean’s list for spring semester.

    They are:

  • Tusculum College honors Samuel Davis

    Samuel Davis of Harriman was among the Tusculum College students recognized during the Greeneville college’s annual Honors Convocation.

    Davis, a sophomore, was among those honored for having the highest grade-point average in his class.

    He is the son of Jerry and Kathy Davis of Harriman.

  • Kingston trio initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

    Kingston’s Jordan Humphreys, Lauren Ladd and Anne Pirtle were recently initiated into the University of Tennessee at Knoxville chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

    They are among about 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, one of the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

  • Griffin new Luminary UMC pastor

    Luminary United Methodist Church, along Watts Bar Lake a few miles south of Kingston, has welcomed a new pastor.

    The Rev. Chuck Griffin officially became the spiritual leader of the 350-member congregation on July 1. He previously served churches in Lexington, Ky., Jonesborough and Kingsport.