Today's News

  • Dyllis Springs ribbon cutting set Aug. 16

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. 
    “It’s a beautiful building,” Aytes said. “I think it’s a building that community is going to be proud of.”
    Even though the ceremony is a few days later, Aytes said he expects the school to be ready for students for the first day of school on Aug. 13.
    Construction is complete, but some cleanup was needed and some furniture needs to be moved, he said.

  • Teacher evaluations still hot topic

    Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system could undergo changes for years to come.
    “Our assumption is that we’re going to make some tweaks every year,” Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said.
    Huffman spoke with Roane County school system employees at the central office building in Kingston last week. The evaluation system that started last year was a hot topic. 

  • Troubled Kingston intersection getting help

    The bad news is that the revamping of the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 in Kingston will take a little longer than local officials had hoped.
    The good news is that the funding is already there, in these times of tight purse strings, and the delay is only a matter of months.
    The intersection is due for a number of improvements, including the addition of left-turn lanes. Kingston Mayor Troy Beets had originally hoped the project would be well under way this fall.

  • DOE facilities bus tour ending Aug. 31

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour ends Aug. 31, marking the last day of the 2012 season.

    The tour, which includes stops at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex  and East Tennessee Technology Park, provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 65 years.

    So far this season, 1,099 visitors from 36 states have participated in the summer tour.

  • Friendly flitterer

    Todd Young of Kingston holds still while his 11-year-old daughter, Holly, feeds a baby hummingbird resting on his shoulder.

    Younger daughter Mindy, 7, watches from afar.

    Photographer, wife and mom Amy calls the opportunity “a once-in-a-lifetime picture! God blessed us with an opportunity to help this baby hummingbird and it came back for a few feedings, even after it started flying,” she said.

  • The Garden Gate: Ginseng again prominent in medical world

    Ginseng is one of the best known medicinal herbs in the world. Now that the ancient art of herbal medicine is once again in high favor, ginseng is coming into new prominence.

    Ginseng is believed by many people to have almost magical powers to promote general health and vigor and to prolong life. Its  remarkable history dates back more than 1,000 years.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman City Council passed an $8.174 million budget, setting the property tax rate at $2.97 per $100 of assessment. The 20-cent hike in the tax rate included a 10-cent tax increase requested by the schools and was to generate funds for pay raises for city employees based on a restructured pay scale.

    10 Years Ago

  • Marriage licenses: April 30-July 9, 2012

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from April 30-July 9:

    Jerry Ray Smith to Robin Renee Ayers Reynolds

    Nicholas Thomas Young to Brandi Lynn Gearin

    Adam Christopher Mills to Courtney Amber Long

    Matthew Jarfi to Melissa Ann Christian

    Nicholas James Riblett to Linda Marie Genung

    David Edward Ester to Andrea Lynn Aimar

    Gary Scott Rawls to Ashley Marie Powers

    James Henry Lowery to Aleia Chani Shaw

  • Births: June 2-July 2, 2012

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    June 2 — Ashley Nicole and Gregory William Cloyd, Harriman. A boy, Alexander William Cloyd.

    June 8 — Ashley and Joshua Argubright, Harriman. A boy, Yisreal James. Siblings: Ezekial Dean, Joshua Jr. and Andrianna. Grandparents: Ronnie Ashbrook and Linda Eddington; Stephen and Janice Argubright.

  • General Sessions Court: June 22-25, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 22 — Daniel C. Gibson, speeding. Dismissed, safety class.

    • Darrell Wayne Griffin Jr., driver license address required within 10 days. Dismissed.

    • Andrew N. Hall, financial responsibility law, driving while license suspended, speeding. Dismissed.

    • Joshua A. Haynes, speeding. Guilty.