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Today's News

  • WATER WORKS

    Roane County has plenty of ways to enjoy the water with its beautiful lakes, rivers and community pools.

    The members of nonprofit Roane Aquatics want to expand those water opportunities with an enclosed pool that would benefit everyone.

    “It is for everyone. I want to be able to swim laps. My kids want to swim and my Mom wants water aerobics,” said Cassandra Dothard.

  • Convicted child rapist wants new trial

    A convicted rapist is seeking judicial relief in Roane County Criminal Court.

    A jury found John Paul Little guilty on four counts of child rape last December.

    “It was pretty bad what he did,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    In March of this year, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Little to 120 years in state prison.

    Little has a hearing scheduled in criminal court on Nov. 20, where he could ask Wicks to set aside his sentence or request a new trial.

  • Meet those who protect and serve in Harriman

    The community has the chance to meet the members of the Harriman Police Department at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16.

    The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Police Chief Derek Pacifico at 6:30 p.m.

    In addition to meeting staff, the community can see the newest patrol cars and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harriman Police Department.

    Light snacks and beverages will be provided by local donations from the community.

  • GUEST column: Apply for ACA coverage today

    The deadline is approaching — don’t delay!

    Open enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance (some call it Obamacare) began Nov. 1 and ends Dec 15.

    Fewer than 40 days remain for enrollment since the federal site, healthcare.gov, closes on Sundays — and we’ll all be busy on Thanksgiving. Many don’t know.

    If you or someone you know needs affordable health insurance for 2018, then the Affordable Care Act in Roane County has plans offered by BlueCross BlueShield.

  • GLIMPSES: Early 1900s reflection of today

    By MARK BANKER

    A rare point of consensus in our polarized times is the notion that “those who fail to learn history’s lessons are doomed to repeat them.”

    Yet, as ongoing debates about the Second Amendment and the Civil War reveal, we disagree vehemently about history’s lessons. That is the subject for a future column.

    Today I redirect attention to a typically overlooked era and insights it might offer for our own.

  • Altrusa Club opens grant cycle

    The Altrusa Club of Oak Ridge Foundation and Breakfast Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Foundation are once again seeking applications for grants for projects, programs, and activities that foster literacy in Oak Ridge, and Anderson and Roane Counties during 2018.

    Applications may be requested by emailing Lunch4LiteracyGrants@gmail.com.

    The deadline for electronic submission is Wednesday, Dec. 6.

    Selections and notifications will be made by Feb. 1, 2018, and the period of performance ends Dec. 31, 2018.

  • Let’s go play at Riverfront today!
  • Kingston Public Library offers technology class

    Kingston Public Library will have a free technology class beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Personnel will be available to assist and answer questions about using smart phones, tablets, iPads, Kindles or specific software.

    Those attending are asked to bring their device to the class; anyone with computer questions may use one of the laptops available at the library.

    The class is open to all skill levels. Call 376-9905 for details.

  • Walmsleys continue giving back with services for veterans in need

    For many veterans it is a struggle to meet basic needs. One Kingston business is hoping to address one of those most essential needs this November.

    Kingston dentist James Walmsley and his staff want to help 25 veterans or active service members with free dental treatments.

    “The first 25 veterans or active service members who contact our office we are offering free exams, x-rays and extractions or free exams, x-rays and a cleaning,” said Shannon Walmsley, James’ office manager and wife.

  • Car accident causes outage in Harriman

    From staff reports

    Much of Harriman was left without power for part of Thursday evening after a car wreck near the Harriman Baptist Tabernacle around 9 p.m.

    The car, which is believed to have been occupied by juveniles, ended up in a grassy area next to the church with a utility pole on top of it.

    A nearby guardrail also was damaged.