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Today's News

  • Woman charged with filing false report

    A Kingston woman is charged with filing a false report for allegedly lying about being assaulted by her husband.

    According to the warrant, Rochelle Renee Turpin reported that her husband, Ted Gower, assaulted her on June 5. The allegations resulted in Gower being charged with domestic assault.

  • Eve would do her 100 years ‘all over again’

    Alpha Farr Hembree Eve has led a rich, full life — and looking back, she says she has no regrets.

    “I couldn’t do it any better. and I would do it again.”

    She recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the Rockwood Event Center, surrounded by her family and friends.

    Many proclamations, awards and salutations commemorated the milestone, which was hosted by her three children: G. Wayne Hembree, Wanda Hembree Manning and Loren Hembree.

  • Once in a SUPER moon
  • REACH in need of donations

    With less than a month to go until shopping day, Operation REACH is needing a strong close in its fundraising drive to make Christmas merry for 500 Roane County children.

    “We’re about $70,000 short,” said Randy Ellis, Roane County Operation REACH president.

    “Our goal is $125,000. That comes out to $250 per child.”

    Operation REACH — “REACH” stands for Roane Enriches Another Child’s H0liday — works with the Roane County school system to identify children in need from all parts of the county.

  • 10 years of feeding neighbors

    The Kingston Police Department is working with Hands of Mercy food pantry to make Thanksgiving better for an estimated 500 Roane County families.

    For the 10th straight year, KPD is seeking enough donations from the community to fill barrels throughout the Kingston area with enough food to supplement folks’ holiday meals.

    “We’re trying to get cash and food donations for Hands of Mercy,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

  • GLIMPSES: Reflections on our recent election

    By Mark Banker

    A few immediate reactions to last week’s election.

    First, the worst that I envisioned actually occurred — but in reverse! For the fifth time in our history, the popular-vote winner did not win in the electoral college.

    While one candidate more than hinted that he might challenge such a result, the other deserves praise for respecting our precious tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane steps up to help all residents

    One way to measure the humanity in a community is to look at how that community treats those most in need.

    During my most recent class with Leadership Roane County, I was able to get an overview of the various social services available to residents in need.

    I’m proud to say that Roane County businesses and volunteers have a long tradition of stepping up to the plate when it comes to helping those in need.

  • What’s the SCORE? Planning: It’s a key part of successful negotiations

    When I conduct the “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” workshop at the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, I emphasize the importance of planning.

    Yes, planning.

    Do you plan your negotiations? Have you identified your potential minor concessions and major concessions? Determined the management of time so that it favors you?

    If you are a real estate agent, have you developed a negotiation plan with your buyer or seller at the beginning of the process? Are they prepared for a challenging negotiation?

  • What a difference a week makes

    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Construction is progressing quickly on the Oasis gas station in the Walnut Hill area of Harriman. The estimated 1,500-square-foot station will be much smaller than the original complex that included a gas station, adjacent apartments, laundromat and a hardware store. Those buildings were destroyed by an April fire that took the life of a woman living in one of the apartments.

  • Enrichment glove drive underway

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch is embarking on the eighth year of its Gloves of Love campaign.

    Through Dec. 9, Enrichment is collecting gloves, hats and scarves for school children in Roane County.

    “Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, and the Credit Union is making it their mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year,” said Becky Woody, Enrichment’s Roane County senior branch manager.