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Today's News

  • TWRA fishing rodeo

    Christan Wieczorek, 12, enjoys the summer day while fishing during Tennessee Wildlife Resources annual in the Youth Outdoor Adventure fishing rodeo at Kingston City Park Saturday. The free children’s event included awards  for biggest fish by weight. While this is the third year for the event, the name was changed. A variety of outdoor vendors attended to show children other fresh-air sports. “What we are trying to do is get kids excited about nontraditional outdoor activities,” said Brad Daugherty, a TWRA wildlife officer.  
     

  • Hunting seasons set at TWRC meeting

     

     

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) recently set the 2014-15 hunting seasons at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s (TWRA) Ray Bell Region II Building.

  • Ford named District 3 A-AA Coach of the Year

     

    After guiding the Rockwood Tigers to its first district championship in school history, Rockwood’s Wes Ford has been named the District 3 A-AA Coach of the Year by his peers.

    In only its third season of play, the Tigers had a phenomenal spring, finishing with a 12-5-4 record. Besides winning the District 3 A-AA title, Rockwood also played in the Region 2 A-AA championship game and came within one game of making the state tournament after having its season end in the TSSAA Class A-AA Sectional at Greeneville.

  • Schools recognized for sportsmanship

     

    Schools often make the news when they do something wrong in athletics, but thanks to Roane County Schools county-wide athletic director Tony Clower along with the help of several area businesses and community leaders, five schools in Roane County were recently recognized for doing things the right way during the 2013-14 school year.

  • Barriers, lights sought at fatal crossing

    The site of a tragic train and car collision last month is getting looked at by state officials.

    The Mountain View Road railroad crossing north of Harriman hasn’t been a priority location for barriers and lights.

    But that changed after the May 30 vehicle-train collision that killed Jadah Gallaher and Rod Drummond and seriously injured Jadah’s brother, Darius, and family friend, Hunter Crass.

  • TRAIN WRECK VICTIMS IN THOUGHTS

    Two young men made their way on foot from north of Harriman to Kingston’s city limits last week Wednesday while helping to spread the Word of God.

    Roane State Community College student Matt Tinker and Michael Aliff, who attends Tennessee Tech University, rested large wooden wheeled crosses on their backs as they made the journey.

    Tinker and Aliff, both of Oliver Springs, said they walked in honor of their friends, Hunter Crass and Darius Gallaher.

    Crass and Gallaher were injured on May 30 when a train struck the car Gallaher was driving.

  • November city races heating up

    It’s election season — but it’s not the county’s August races that are grabbing attention in three Roane County towns.

    November is looking to be the election time to watch. Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood all have mayoral races on the ballot.

    Rockwood voters will elect a new mayor in the fall. The city’s term limits prohibit incumbent Mayor James Watts from seeking re-election.

  • Polk Salad Festival back this weekend

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival was first started by David Webb with a country-fair atmosphere that celebrated the simplest of poor-man’s country food, the polk salad.

    After a yearlong hiatus, the festival has been picked up by the Roane County Arts Council, which is expanding on the original theme to incorporate a celebration of Appalachian foods and culture with other arts and activities.

    The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 at Harriman’s David Webb Riverside Park.

  • Get creative, help others at Project Linus fest exhibit

    This year’s Tennessee Polk Salad Festival promises to offer plenty of fun times, but it also gives attendants a chance to give back in an artful way.

    Sticking with the theme of the arts, organizers are providing quilt squares in festive designs for festival goers to color.

    The quilt squares will go toward Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that provides new, handmade blankets and afghans for children who are ill or in need.

    Anyone can volunteer to make quilts for donation to Project Linus.

  • Final vote on Kingston budget set for Tuesday

    Kingston City Council members agreed at last week’s work session to put a tight, tidy budget on the agenda for its June 10 full council session for a second and final reading.

    The June 3 work session also saw council set a public hearing on the proposed budget — necessary by state law — for 6:45 on June 10.

    The meeting itself begins at 7 p.m.

    The proposed budget was approved on first reading last month.

    At just more than $5.4 million, it stands at about $100,000 less than the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.