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Today's News

  • Kingston officials eyeing change to sign ordinance

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling may mean Kingston officials will have to take a hard look at the city’s sign ordinance.

    Kingston City Council has recently discussed revising the ordinance.

    Most sign ordinances make distinctions based on content, Kingston City Manager David Bolling wrote in a memo, which was presented to Council members prior to last week’s workshop. The ruling determined that distinctions between political, temporary, directional and idealogical signs are dependent on the content.

  • Rocky Top robbery suspect nabbed at courthouse

    The suspect in a 2015 convenience store robbery was arrested at the Roane County Courthouse on Feb. 29.

    Kingston police took George Edward Scoggins Jr. into custody at the first-floor metal detectors when he showed up for an unrelated case.

    “We’re glad to make this arrest,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Scoggins was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Feb. 16 for aggravated robbery.

  • Rockwood asks for public input on recreation

    Rockwood residents are welcome to share their views on what a Local Parks and Recreation Grant should go toward at a public hearing.

    The hearing begins at 6 p.m. on March 8 in Rockwood City Hall.

    “The upcoming LPRF grant will be discussed,” Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe said.

  • Motorist cited after hitting Harriman cop

    A Kingston man was cited after rear-ending a Harriman police cruiser last Thursday afternoon.

    Joseph W. Chamberlain of Kingston was cited with failing to exercise due care in the crash, which occurred around 2:15 p.m. at Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road.

    According to the report filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, officer Thomas R. Allred was turning onto Pine Ridge Road in his police cruiser when he stopped for oncoming traffic.

    Chamberlain was following in a 2013 Nissan Frontier and struck the cruiser from behind.

  • United Way meeting set

    Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in office location at 2735 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The meeting will feature campaign recognitions, election of new board members, and an update to the community on United Way activities.

    Anyone interested in attending should contact the United Way offices, 882-7711, or e-mail djackson@unitedwayroane.org no later than March 14.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    Distributions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their commodity foods on March 17.

    The following day, March 18, is reserved for Oliver Springs and Rockwood resident to pick up their foods.

    Commodity food recipients must be certified before March 4 to receive foods during this distribution.

  • Lady Devils win region championship

    Senior Madison Duncan and junior Jada Johnson recorded double-doubles to lead the Harriman Lady Devils to a 51-45 victory over the Midway Lady Waves to claim the Region 2A girls championship and a home game in Saturday's substate game against North Greene, 69-31 losers to South Greene. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

  • Harriman season ends at region tourney

    First year Harriman High School coach Shay Shannon came into the season with a young team.  Just getting the feel for his new team, Shannon and his young Blue Devils squad fell on Tuesday to Meigs County to end their season.

    his appointing end  closes a great season, but the Blue Devils will have something to build on for next season.
    Harriman loses only two seniors, Bobby Jackson and Jeter Cox, as they will be primed to return to the top of District 3A and Region 2A.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Roane County Bar as it was. Part Four

    Gentle reader, after a two week hiatus in which I felt compelled to comment first on Dunderheadedness in Nashville and Washington, D.C., and then upon the loss of three friends in recent months, namely Doug Black, Barbara Hurst Roberts, and Jim Young, I am now ready to resume the story of the status of the Roane County Bar as it was when I joined in March, 1959.

    I have previously written a general introductory piece, followed by two chapters devoted to the Harriman Bar. I now propose to move on to what was at the time the second city in the county, Rockwood.

  • Bid ‘Downton’ farewell at Princess Theatre event

    You have enjoyed the accents, the outfits and knowing looks that are staples of the hit show “Downton Abbey.”

    But, it’s time to say goodbye to “Downton” as the program’s final season comes to an end.

    To celebrate, the Roane State Foundation welcomes “Downton” fans to its “Farewell to Downton” event on March 12.

    The event begins 2 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.