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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: John Cooper Winslow — Harriman’s character

    Erudite reader, as we reminded you in our column of 15 May, next Monday, 15 June will mark the Eight Hundredth Anniversary of the signing of the Great Charter, most commonly known by its Latin name of Magna Carta (sometimes given as Charta).

  • Local bear sightings aplenty

    It wasn’t your typical highway collision: A bear ran into a vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 in Kingston Wednesday afternoon.

    “She slammed on her brakes, and the bear actually ran into the side of her car,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    He said the dazed animal ran off, but the woman stopped at the Kingston Exxon and talked to a Roane County sheriff’s deputy.

  • Still no vote on county tax rate

    Resolutions to set the tax levy and budget for the upcoming fiscal year got deferred without discussion at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    The county has yet to receive the certified tax rate from the state, and officials said that is needed in order to adopt a budget.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he knew going into Monday’s meeting the commission wouldn’t be able to vote on the budget. He said the resolutions were put on the agenda to send a message.

  • Splash pad time
  • Graduation coaches making a difference

    Do Roane County schools need graduation coaches?

    That was a question raised by community members and some Roane County commissioners last week in both a public hearing and a commission workshop.

    If you want results, the answer is yes, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    He said statistics show the school system has increased its graduation rates since adding the coaches.

    Last year the graduation rate was 92.5 percent. It has steadily climbed since 2007, when the graduation rate was 77.3 percent.

  • Event combines love of God with love of boating

    It was a peaceful in the cove of the Blue Springs Marina Saturday. A warm breeze came across the waters as Pastor Chuck Griffin of Luminary United Methodist Church gave the first Blessing of the Fleet with Horizon Yacht Club.

    “And may God bring you all safely in when you turn your boats homeward to shore,” Griffin said into a megaphone as he stood at the pulpit of the Donna Lou Too.

    About 30 boats participated — yachts, pontoons, sailboats and even canoes. Horns and other signaling devices were sounded in place of an “amen.”

  • Woman charged in Harriman fight

    A fight outside the Oasis gas station resulted in a criminal charge for one Harriman teen. Alicia Eskridge, 19, is charged with aggravated assault in the May 30 incident.

    According to the warrant, Cassie Church told Harriman Police Officer Cody Guge that she got into a fight with Eskridge and was stabbed.

    Church was bleeding from her hand, arm and back, Guge reported.

  • Tennessee gas prices almost $1 per gallon less than in ’14

    Gas prices are still creeping up in some parts of the Southeastern United States, but motorists are forecast to pay the lowest summer gas prices since 2009.

    In comparison to this same date last year, motorists in Tennessee are saving 92 cents per gallon.

    “Prices should begin to drop later this month as refiners around the nation complete their maintenance switch over to produce summer-fuel grades,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

  • DOE public bus tours now through November

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Oak Ridge facilities public bus tour is now offered to visitors through November.

    This popular tour of the 33,000-acre DOE Oak Ridge Federal Reservation offers visitors a first-hand look at all of the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation in more than 70 years.

    Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted about 35,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Kingston Summer Reading Program: Get ready for some magic!

    A “Super Hero Magic Show” is the next installment in Kingston Public Library’s annual summer reading program.

    Barry Mitchell will headline the show on June 10 in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    “Every Hero Has a Story!” is the theme of this year’s program, which will continue each Wednesday through the end of the month at 10 a.m.

    A photo shoot and tattoos are planned for June 17.

    Police and firefighters will represent hometown heroes in the final program on June 24.