Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Fall is a sweet season abounding with treats

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    There is a great deal of confusion in most people’s minds as to whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables — and it’s all the fault of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Botanically speaking, the tomato is a fruit. But in 1893, after an importer claimed that tomatoes were fruits and, therefore, not subject to duty, the court, who apparently realized the government was more interested in the collection of duty funds that in botanical accuracy, ruled it a vegetable. People have been debating the point ever since.

  • Saturday delivery cuts no answer for postal service

    To ensure its future, the U.S. Postal Service must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the U.S. Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its underlying organizational and operational issues.

    Instead, it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Mike Garner: The magic behind the printed page

    I can’t remember the date, but I’ll never forget the day.

    Make that the evening.

    I was covering the Kingston City Council about eight years ago when someone walked into the council chambers with a newspaper.

    From afar, I enviously admired the crisp colors, clear lettering and the smudge-free look of what I considered a competitor’s newspaper.

    Suddenly, I realized the person was holding a fresh-off-the-press copy of the Roane County News.

  • Police blotter: Tasering, assault, drugs and a hold-up

    An 18-year-old Kingston man, David Lee Moore II, of 1008 Brentwood Way, was asleep in his white Nissan  with a passenger when he was arrested the morning of Oct. 4 at Kingston’s Sonic Drive-In on Race Street for possession of marijuana.

    Sgt. Caleb Strayer allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana when he approached the vehicle after business hours — around 1 a.m.

    Strayer woke Moore and the passenger and reportedly asked Moore if there were any illegal drugs in the car.

  • Operation Christmas Child under way to help needy youngsters

    With the Christmas season quickly approaching, Operation Christmas Child is getting under way.

    Operated under Samaritan’s Purse, an international and evangelical relief organization, Operation Christmas Child is both a national and international project aimed at filling shoe boxes with gifts and sending them abroad to children in need.

    Drop-offs will be accepted during the organization’s national collection week Nov. 14-21.

  • Did TVA money influence report?

    Did the truth motivate Bill Walton — or was it TVA greenbacks that persuaded his conclusions?

    Walton, an AECOM official who conducted the root-cause analysis into the TVA ash spill, insisted it was the former.

    “My job was to give you the why of this failure,” he said during cross-examination at the ash spill trial on Tuesday. “I believe I delivered on doing a thorough investigation.”

  • Roane County High School Homecoming

    Checoria Foster and her brother, Demarcus, were Roane County High School’s homecoming queen and king at the school’s game against Lenoir City on Sept. 23.

  • Oak Ridge oversight group may be nuked

    Susan Gawarecki holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s from Lehigh University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

    Despite those lofty credentials, Gawarecki, executive director of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee, could soon find herself out of a job.

    The committee’s purpose is to ensure that communities adjacent to and downstream of the Oak Ridge Reservation are protected during cleanup and continued operation of the facilities, many of which deal with nuclear materials.

  • Kingston to hold decorating contest

    Kingston’s parks and recreation department head said community pride and beautification should start with them.

    And so, announced parks director Rick Ross, they are having a fall/Halloween decoration contest for businesses and residents in Kingston.

    The department will do the judging and will award the winners with a yard sign proclaiming their winning status.

    Business and resident will be separate categories.

    Anyone who would like to be judged should call them at 376-9476 by Oct. 21.

  • Rockwood looks at administrator hopefuls

    Three of the four people who interviewed for the Rockwood city administrator position have a Rockwood connection.

    The position, originally the city recorder position under the recently retired Jim Hines, has been vacant only a short while.