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Today's News

  • Needle believed to be from Clinton man

    A hypodermic needle found at the Gravel Pit in Kingston is believed to have been tossed there by a man who was arrested after a brief pursuit last week.

    Franklin Eugene Brown of Clinton is charged with evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving in the July 25 incident.

    According to Kingston police, officer Nathan Wilson saw Brown parked in a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo at the Gravel Pit around 3:30 a.m.

  • Tennessee tops in making cars

    Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and education according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

    In the magazine’s 11th Annual Rankings Report, Tennessee also received accolades in the following categories.

    • No. 2 Best Business Climate

    • No. 2 Best Infrastructure

    • No. 4 Workforce Training Leaders

    • No. 7 Automotive Employment Leaders

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Where Trump’s right, and Huckabee’s wrong

    Never let it be said that the old curmudgeon does not possess a vivid imagination, but in the boldest exercise of that imagination, he must confess, he would never have imagined that he would ever rise to defend a statement of Donald Trump, but, gentle reader, today is the day when that inconceivable event becomes reality.

  • Princess Theatre manager takes Knoxville job

    Megan Anderson, manager of the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman, has accepted a new position as assistant manager at the Tennessee Theatre.

    Anderson was hired in August 2011 and has managed the Princess since it opened in March 2012. Her final day as manager will be Aug. 17.

    “It’s bittersweet,” Anderson said. “I have seen this building transform into what it is. The best part was seeing how happy people are when they leave shows, just knowing that the word is getting out and being excited about what’s coming up next.”

  • Rockwood cleanup moving forward, but at slow pace

    Rockwood is tackling its next cleanup project, a dilapidated property at 527 N. Wilder Ave.

    Rockwood City Council has approved a resolution for the city attorney to file a suit regarding the property.

    Officials said building inspector Harold Ishman issued an order on March 19 to demolish the building on the property, owned by Evelyn Sanders.

    Nothing, however, had been done toward that end.

  • Skidmore leaving as city clerk

    Harriman Clerk Angie Skidmore will no longer be a fixture at Harriman City Hall, but she has not moved far.

    Skidmore is down the street working as a bookkeeper at Harriman Utility Board.

    She leaves after six years as city clerk.

  • EAST TENNESSEE ANGLERS READY FOR FORREST WOOD CUP

    The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Ouachita and the Hot Springs, Arkansas, area August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015. Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

  • Future basketball stars in the making

    By JAMIE SITZLER

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A retired women’s professional basketball player shared her skills with Roane County youth last week.

    Carolyn Bush Roddy, a Roane County High School basketball standout, played professionally and internationally, and she now takes those skills and gives them to others.

    “I wanted to give back to the community,” Carolyn Bush Roddy said.

    She recently held a camp at Roane State Community College, and eight campers participated.

  • A mammoth-sized catfish caught on WBL

    From staff reports

    An unbelievable fish story and possible new state record happened on the local waters of Watts Bar Lake for a 16-year-old Kingston fisherman.

    Troy Powers reeled in what was guessed to be a near 100 pound Flathead Catfish. It bottomed out a 50 pound scale and when Powers held up his catch against his 5 foot 9 inch frame, the fish’s tail still touched the bottom of the boat. Powers caught the mammoth catfish over the Memorial Day weekend with his father, Mike Powers and neighbor, Derrick Stafford.

  • Greenwaves excited to put on pads

    Midway High School opens its 2015 football season on Aug. 20 at Rockwood.

    In addition to fundamentals such as tackling and blocking, first-year head coach Ryen Minton will be focused on keeping players healthy this preseason. With a roster of only about 30 players, he doesn’t have much of a choice.

    “That’s the part of this job that’s very difficult,” Minton said, “getting them ready to play and not injuring them in the process.”