Today's News

  • Clubs, Agencies, and Support Groups

    AUG. 15-21
    MONDAY — Exercise at 9 a.m. in Kellytown Baptist Church recreation center, Oliver Springs, and at 9:30 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    • Pinochle at noon in Kingston Community Center.
    TUESDAY — Quilting at 9 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    • Bridge at 1 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    WEDNESDAY — Exercise at 9 a.m. in Kellytown Baptist Church recreation center, Oliver Springs.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The teachers I know really care about what they do

    How did you spend your weekend?

    I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon in a Hamilton County classroom scrubbing desks and lab tables.

    I’m no school teacher, but Derek — the man I am dating  — is.

    I rubbed out graffiti, scraped gum, wiped away months of grime and even washed a few windows while he arranged and installed equipment and tackled other chores.

    It was important for him to be ready for the return of students this week.

  • Cute sells, and Roane County tot is adorable

    Chances are you’ve seen Kingston resident Brady Rogers on a billboard along Interstate 40.

    Brady, 4, is part of Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee’s auto advertisement campaign to “move over and save.”

    His parents, Marty and Rhonda, signed him up at 18 Karat Model and Talent Management when he was 2 years old.
    They have an open call every Monday.

    While the shoot was more than a year ago, the billboards started springing up about seven months ago. They are scattered across the state.

  • Lawyer for bar gets busy on revocation case

    The attorney representing Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton has issued a warning to county officials about Monday’s meeting of the Roane County Beer Board.

    The purpose of the meeting is to hear a petition the county filed to revoke Norton’s beer permit.

    “In the event the beer board acts precipitously and revokes my client’s permit, he will exercise all remedies available to him at law and equity,” Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs wrote to County Attorney Tom McFarland.  

  • 9/11 memorial to be at Kingston Fossil Plant

    A 5-ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center is being delivered today (Friday) to the site of a planned 9/11 Memorial next to TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.   

    At 11 a.m., TVA is hosting its own employees, representatives from various branches of the Armed Forces and local elected officials  for a short honor guard ceremony at the south access road parking area next to the plant.

     A motorcade will escort the steel from the Tennessee state line at Interstate 81 near Bristol to the Kingston plant.

  • Police can’t call shots on news photography

    First Amendment Center
    At crime scenes, the police are in charge.
    They can and do tell journalists and the public where to stand so as not to interfere with an ongoing investigation.
    Problems arise, though, when the police literally try to call the shots, telling photographers what they can and cannot shoot.
    As a former police reporter, I know that this is not a new issue. Oddly enough, most clashes occurred over matters of taste.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: To catch a thief — but not with Kingston P.D.

    For the moment, imagine, if you will, gentle reader, that you are a professional law man, a policeman.
    Imagine further that you have been informed that a petty thief has been engaged in a continuing series of petty thefts over a period of several weeks.

  • Booth retires from dispatch

    A retirement party was held for Roane County E-911 dispatch supervisor Linda Booth last week.
    Director Mike Hooks said he hired Booth about nine years ago after she left the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    “She needed a change, and I had an opening and gave her an opportunity to come to work,” he said.
    Booth said she’s going to miss her co-workers, but didn’t hesitate when asked if she’s planning on enjoying retirement.
    “I most certainly am,” she said.

  • It’s Music and Melons time: Special guests, cool treat planned for this year’s special concert event

    The Babahatchie Community band’s annual Music and Melons concert will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    The Harriman Lions Club is sponsoring the concert and will have plenty of free watermelon available for those in attendance.

    “We have two special things for this concert,” promised Babahatchie member Alison Westrich. “There will be a guest conductor for the concert. Lisa Michaels will be conducting the concert. She is the assistant band director at Loudon High School.”

  • Museum admission’s on the house Saturday

    American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge will offer a free admission day on Aug. 14.

    The special event is National Spirit of ’45 Day, a recognition of men and women who served in the military and those who fought on the home front during World War II.