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Today's News

  • More than lunch special at Twelve Oaks

    Readers may remember that Pennybacker House Restaurant was my wife Carol’s brainchild in 1996.

    She presented her ideas to potential investors and spearheaded the effort to buy the house and create the restaurant.

    After five years of successful operation, Pennybacker House Restaurant closed because it was unable to find key employees.

    Gibson Girls later operated there until the owner passed away.

    The Pennybacker family built the original house. Augusta Neergaard, daughter of a Danish nobleman, purchased the mansion in 1869.

  • Crowded field? Or political strategy?

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson lost every South of the River precinct in the 2012 election.

    The man who won them all, Jim Beason, was hired by Ferguson’s department last week.

    “It’s purely political,” Brian Mullins said.

    Mullins and Kingston Public Works Director Tim Clark are trying to unseat Ferguson in this year’s election.

    Beason made all the moves a candidate would normally make to run for road superintendent this year before opting not to.

  • First round of school director interviews today

    The Roane County Board of Education plans to interview nine candidates for its director of schools position this week.

    The group includes five people from outside the county – William E. Childers, Eric Ely, D. Scott Porter, David M. Roper and Leah Rice Watkins.

    School board members received brief biographical information about them last week.

    According to what was provided, Childers has a Monteagle address. He served as an interim director of Grundy County Schools.

  • Pinwheels for Prevention: It's National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA of the Ninth Judicial District is heightening that awareness with a pinwheel garden on the lawn of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    The Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign advocates for children deserving of a happy, healthy childhood within the parameters of Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties, and throughout the state and nation.

  • Riley Creek ‘a tremendous asset’

    Members of Roane County government and TVA were on hand at Riley Creek Campground Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the facility’s new pavilion.

    The pavilion was a joint project between the two entities, with TVA donating $20,000 while Roane County provided the labor, equipment and the remaining cost of materials.

  • Puckett sentencing hearing rescheduled

    The sentencing hearing scheduled in federal court this Thursday for Stephanie Puckett has been reset to Aug. 18.

    She and her husband, Michael, were charged along with numerous others in a pill conspiracy last year.

    Stephanie Puckett worked at number of pain clinics in and around Knoxville, and admitted to accepting bribes from drug dealers to ensure people they sponsored obtained pills. She also had her own group of pill gatherers.

  • Sign up kids for pre-K, kindergarten this week

    Roane County Schools will have kindergarten and pre-K registration for the 2016-17 school year this week.

    Registration will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. April 14, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 15.

    For information, call the school district’s central office at 376-5592 or the school at which registration will take place.

    School phone numbers are Bowers (Harriman), 882-1185; Dyllis Springs (Oliver Springs), 435-6357; Kingston, 376-5252; Midtown, 882-1228; Midway, 376-2341; or Ridge View (Rockwood), 354-2111.

  • Gas leak closes Bowers early

    Harriman Utility Board responded to gas leak at the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Ruritan Road on Friday.

    “The Rogers Group that’s doing the road work, they got into our gas line out there,” HUB Manager Bill Young said Friday afternoon. “Our guys are out there repairing it right now.”

    Students at nearby Bowers Elementary School were released early because of the leak.

  • Federal prosecutor opposes new hearing for Houston

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings has laid out his case on why the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals should not grant Rocky Houston a new hearing. A three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld Houston’s firearms conviction in February. Houston now wants a hearing before all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

  • Let sleeping ducks lie

    Lucky ducks!

    A pair of quackers spend part of a sunny spring day copping a few Z’s on the banks of Watts Bar Lake last week.

    It’s possible that all three were a-snooze, but one early bird untucked her head to give the camera a coy look and pose prettily while her friends remained undisturbed in their beauty slumber.