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Today's News

  • Harvey Memorial Singing aiding OS museum, ministry

    A number of area singers will be featured this weekend during the second annual C.S. “Sonny” Harvey Memorial Gospel Singing.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 in the former Beech Park activity building on Butler Mill Road, Oliver Springs.

  • Rockwood UMC marks 50 years at site

    Rockwood United Methodist Church is celebrating 50 years of serving the Rockwood community at its present location at North Kingston Avenue and Dunn Street.

    The church service will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

    Special music and shared memories are planned for 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

    The first formal services in the present building were on Aug. 2, 1964, with Pastor John W. Wikle and guest ministers from the Holston Conference participating.

  • General Sessions Court: March 24-31, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    March 24
    — Brent Wayne Smith, failure to appear: dismissed; cost to defendant. Possession unlawful drug paraphernalia-attempt: guilty.

    • Stacy R. Harvey, simple possession/casual exchange: dismissed.

    • Raymond E. Racey III, probation violation: guilty.

    • Jonathan J. Boles, two counts driving while license suspended: dismissed.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Should Mrs. Rice be punished & the way we talk

    Gentle reader, as we write this column, the election looms, but has not yet occurred, so that virtually anything we might say in regard to that topic would, by the time of publication, be outdated. So, instead we will address a small collection of random thoughts and ideas that have occurred to us, or been brought to mind, over the past few days.
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  • More ash-spill money to be released

    TVA has a plan for the $1 million the Roane County Economic Development Foundation has long earmarked for public-image repair from the 2008 ash spill.

    The agency is proposing the funds be divided between Kingston, Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood.

    Under the proposal, Kingston and Harriman would each receive $375,000.

    The county would receive $150,000 and Rockwood would receive $100,000.

  • Gallaher murder trial moved again

    Three years have past since the death of David Harvey and Eric Gallaher has still not faced a jury. His trial that was scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court was postponed.

    The case has been postponed multiple times before.

    Gallaher’s attorney, Donice Butler, was recently suspended by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that’s the reason for the latest postponement.

    A new trial date will be set at the Aug. 15 docket sounding.

  • Walnut Hill Baptist has back to school bash
  • Kingston grant good news for park

    There was no hiding one Kingston official’s excitement about a half-million-dollar makeover at the city’s only non-waterfront park.

    “It’s a win-win-win-win-win,” said Rick Ross, the city’s park and recreation director, over the news about Porter Park this week.

    Owned by the county until it was turned over to Kingston in February, it had been one of the city’s most neglected public spaces.

  • Taking a bite out of crime?
  • UNOPPOSED

    One-third of the new Roane County Commission was already set before Thursday’s election. Five of the people running for the commission’s 15 seats didn’t face challengers.

    The unopposed group included District 3 newcomer Todd Fink, District 4 incumbents James Brummett and Steve Kelley, and District 7 incumbents Carolyn Granger and Stanley Moore.