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Today's News

  • Early voting a big hit in this election

    Early and absentee voting totals for Thursday’s election surpassed the Aug. 3, 2006, and Aug. 5, 2010, elections.

    “Hopefully it’s an indication that there’s a strong interest in some of the races,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    The early and absentee voting total in 2006 was 6,790. In 2010, the number was 6,096.

    Early and absentee voting for Thursday’s election totaled 7,313.

  • Pine Ridge road widening a go

    It’s been a long time coming, but Harriman residents will soon see the fruition of plans to widen Hwy. 29 (Ruritan Road) from Pine Ridge Road to Hwy. 27 (Roane Street).

    It will complete the four-laning of the Pine Ridge Road corridor in Harriman.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright was excited.

  • Woman charged with assaulting officer

    From STAFF REPORTS

    A Harriman woman is accused of kicking a deputy in the stomach.

    Patricia L. Patterson, 34, is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault in the incident.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to 3950 Sugar Grove Valley Road shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday to investigate a domestic disturbance.

    Patricia and William Patterson told deputies they had been arguing.

  • Sex offender’s cases continued to next week

    While he awaits sentencing on a federal firearms charge, convicted sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins still has six cases pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

    He’s charged with rape, two counts of violating community supervision, theft of property, aggravated assault and violating community supervision with a criminal offense.

    A status hearing scheduled in those cases was reset to Aug. 13.

  • A cuddly good time
  • Emergency assistance deadline extended to Aug. 15

    The enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15.

    Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1, said USDA Farm SErvice Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia.

    The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2013, an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP.

  • The Garden Gate: Try carrot greens in your hair and greet pea peddler

    Cookbooks were just as popular in ancient Rome as they are today.

    It is truly amazing to see how many cookbooks are on the shelves of any bookstore.

    Amazingly enough, they haven’t really changed much, and cooking has always been as much of a hobby as it is now.

    The most famous of surviving ancient cookbooks was written by Gavius Apicius, who lived at the time of Tiberius.

    The writer Seneca tells us that Apicius one day counted up his fortune and found that he had spent 100 million sesterces, mainly on food.

  • Paddlers for diabetes make Kingston stop

    Kingston was one of the stops for Pete Stadalsky and Nolan McClelland, who are paddling 1,000 miles from the Smoky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico to benefit American Diabetes Association.

    The Kingston stop was on the Fourth of July.

    Stadalsky and McClelland are on a 70-day journey, and they hope to raise at least $10,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

    Visit www.paddletocurediabetes.com for more details about their adventure.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Yellowstone National Park

    Cody Anderson and Brittany Carlberg took the Roane County News on its next vacation adventure with a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

    Anderson said the pair traveled through six states to reach their destination.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

  • Stroke screenings, osteoporosis tests head to Kingston

    Roane Countians have an opportunity to be screened to reduce their risks of having a stroke or bone fracture.

    Kingston Church of Christ’s family life center will host a University of Tennessee Medical Center Life Line screening on Aug. 11. The site is at 120 W. Spring St.

    “I want to thank you very much, because this screening saved my life,” said Mary Davis of Oliver Springs about a recent Life Line screening.

    Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.