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Today's News

  • Holocaust refugee to speak at Rockwood 1st Christian

    Rockwood First Christian Church will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on April 27 with a guest speaker who survived the devastation of its tragedy.

    Henry A. Fribourg, University of Tennessee professor emeritus of crop ecology, will share his experiences as a Holocaust refugee beginning at 6 p.m. in the church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

    Desserts and coffee will be provided.

    Born in Paris in 1929, Fribourg and his immediate family escaped from France and the Holocaust in January 1942.

  • Tenn. Tech tubists toot their horns at RCHS

    The Tennessee Technological University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble recently performed in the Roane County High School band room.

    The ensemble from the Cookeville-based university performed works by Berlioz, Vivaldi, and other composers for the RCHS band and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade low brass students from Cherokee Middle School.

    The ensemble is under the direction of R. Winston Morris.

    The ensemble performed in Kingston and Oak Ridge en route to its eighth Carnegie Hall appearance.

  • Boozer, Wise among All-Tennessee Academic team members

    Roane State Community College’s Georgette Boozer and Marcus Wise were among of the state’s highest-achieving college students recently celebrated at a special ceremony in Nashville.

    Representing Tennessee’s 13 Community Colleges, the outstanding students were named to the 2014 All-Tennessee Academic Team.

    Each student, many accompanied by their state senators and representatives, were recognized and presented with a medallion during the luncheon starting at noon at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel in Nashville.

  • Bowers marks Read Across America Night

    Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, recently celebrated Read Across America Night.

    A number of students dressed in character for their chosen stories.

    The school’s hallways were lined with reading storyboards showcasing what students had learned about the elements of a story.

    Many students shared their love for reading with families as they viewed the displays.

    The celebration also included a PTO chili supper in the school cafeteria.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Many in Roane know new federal judge Reeves

    Gentle reader, we have several items we hope to mention in this column, although, as the Roman writer opined: Ars longa, vita breva, tempus tugit, roughly translated, art is long, life is short, and time is fleeting, so it is sometimes with a column, so we don’t have time or space to cover all we would like to.

  • Chattanooga gains from Kingston man’s leadership

    The Chattanooga area has gained from the leadership of a Kingston man.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Chattanooga District was recently named district of the year after traffic fatalities dropped significantly last year — despite high-volume traffic and lots of road construction.

    THP Chattanooga District Captain Jessie Brooks, who took over last year but still lives in Kingston, praised his employees for their work ethic.

  • Fire calls keep officials busy

    A Kingston family lost its home in a Monday morning fire at 1109 Old N. Kentucky St.

    “It looks like it started in the front portion of the home,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon. “This guy lost everything in the house.”

    Gordon said nobody was home when the fire was called in at 4:45 a.m.  The home is owned by James King.

    Other recent Roane County fires includes a empty structure at 1765 Eureka Road last week.

  • Gallaher released after bond reduced

    Eric Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail on March 14 after the bond in his drug case was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000.

    Gallaher, 33, was arrested last month after being indicted for allegedly selling cocaine in a school zone.

    Defense attorney Donice Butler filed a motion to reduce his bond. She said $100,000 was excessive and not necessary.

  • Juniors can explore professions, win prizes at Career Day

    An estimated 475 high school juniors are poised to attend the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual High School Career Day on April 3.

    The students will have opportunities to explore various career options. The event provides a critical link between the classroom and the workplace so students can make informed educational and career choices.

  • Sex offender enters gun plea

    Convicted sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins pleaded guilty in his federal firearms case Tuesday.

    The plea came two weeks after he signed a deal with the government that calls for him to serve 10 years in federal prison.