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Today's News

  • Water main break floods Kingston bank

    A water line break on Third Street in Kingston disrupted service and flooded the Regions Bank Wednesday evening. Kingston police and city water department workers responded to the incident.

    Crews worked well after dark to get it fixed.

    “We had several people out of water before we could get it shut down and isolated so we could fix it,” said Kingston water and sewer superintendent Mike Jolly. “It was about 2 o’clock this (Thursday) morning when we got everybody back.”

  • More charges for Swan Pond vandal suspect

    The man accused of vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery picked up more charges last weekend.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg was arrested for DUI on July 18. When he got to the Roane County Jail, the intake officer reported finding a marijuana pipe and grinder in his bag, which led to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Limburg, 42, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.

  • Youngsters explore HFD truck
  • Shelter deal with Anderson County gets growls

    Roane County’s hospitality is wearing thin for some of its neighboring four-legged guests.

    Officials believe what started as a helping hand in Anderson County’s animal-control problems has become a handout.

    And they worry that it affects Roane County Animal Shelter’s capacity to hold dogs and cats at its taxpayer-funded facility.

    “They need to raise taxes and build them a facility,” said Roane County Commissioner Mike Hooks. “We have an obligation to provide a service inside the county.”

  • Officials attend Manhattan Project park meeting

    Two Roane County officials traveled to the Southwest last week on business related to the new Manhattan Project national park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody and Roane Alliance tourism official Pam May attended a conference in Los Alamos, N.M.

    The event was dubbed the Energy Communities Alliance Peer Exchange on the Implementation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Oak Ridge, Los Alamos and Hanford, Wash., will be part of the three-site national cultural park to be built around the making of the atomic bomb.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: War, slavery, & Emancipation Proclamation

    Gentle reader; as promised, we will continue and conclude what we began last week.

    You will recall in that column, entitled “What did Emancipation Proclamation really do?”, we began a discussion of the inaccuracy of the claim that the Civil War was fought to preserve slavery.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community.

    It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.

  • Trail’s end for Harmon

    Wildflowers on the grassy balds of Roan Mountain on the Tennessee and North Carolina state line.

    The rock-rugged and isolated terrain of New Hampshire’s White Mountain.

    Those are among the breathtaking sights Melanie Harmon, the sales executive for work programs for the Michael Dunn Center, has seen in her travels of more than 2,000 miles on foot.

    She and friends Debra Barton and Cindy Spangler recently tackled the last portion of their section hiking of the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

  • Sorry kids, no school delay

    With the budget process pretty much complete, Roane County school officials are looking forward to starting the new year on time next month.

    “Everything is good to go,” Board of Education Member Sam Cox said.

    The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 10. Earlier this year Cox said he was leery about starting the year without a budget. However, the Roane County Commission approved the system’s budget last week.

    “We’ve got a budget,” Cox said. “That was my only hold up.”

  • Phillips sentenced to serve at least seven years

    Adam Dewayne Phillips received a 12-year prison sentence on Monday after pleading guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to seven crimes, including agrravated robbery. All court costs, fines and restitution in the cases were waived.

    Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said Phillips will have to serve at least seven years of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.