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Today's News

  • Free hazardous waste disposal set for May 12

    A household hazardous waste disposal event will be held Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycling Center on 215 White Pine Road in Harriman.

    The one day event offers a free and safe way for local residents to rid their homes of household hazardous materials including solvents, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, fertilizer, pesticides and pool chemicals.

    The public should not bring medical waste except needles in puncture-proof containers, explosives, radioactive materials including smoke detectors or any empty containers.

  • Drainage issues addressed at Kingston McDonald's

    Neighbors could experience some benefits from the construction of a new McDonald’s in Kingston.

    “There’s some drainage problems in the back for the neighbors in the back,” McDonald’s owner John Faris said. “We’re actually putting some new drains in through the property.”

    The McDonald’s property is located on North Kentucky Street. A few homes sit behind the property.

  • Going with the Flo: Trump strong on economy, military and in prayer

    By Flo Charles

    “If the truth be told, can’t nobody talk about nobody; we all got a past, we all got problems and we all need prayer.” Word of wisdom from a true Christian.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: S.O.S. Save our schools — let us vote!

    Gentle reader, as we told you two weeks ago, we regard the mega-school issue to be the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time and we intend to devote much of our writing to that topic for the time being, and thus this week’s column is focused on one aspect of that issue, i. e. the people’s right ultimately to determine what is to be done with their schools to best serve their children, and at what cost, now and in the future.

  • New school questions now answered

    By Leah Rice Watkins, Roane County Director of Schools

    I would like to take a moment to respond to several important questions regarding the high school building program.

    1. Why the rush for the building program? Why does it need to be done soon?

    a. In actuality, this is not a rushed program. The Lewis Group Firm was selected by the Roane County School Board in January of 2015 to analyze the high school facilities regarding security, accessibility, safety, structure, health, curriculum, and maintenance.

  • Midway in bloom
  • The Preserve promises home growth at site

    Things could be looking up for a once troubled subdivision.

    “There’s a lot of activity going on at The Preserve,” Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    Berry invited realtor Tom Hanrahan with Smithbilt Homes to last week’s Roane County Commission meeting to talk about it.

    “This year we expect to build 48 houses,” Hanrahan said. “Next year our goal is to do 70 to 100 houses and then 100 plus houses there on after.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

    Simultaneous reflection on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s 200 years and Roane County’s current school debate spurred today’s thoughts.

    Fifteen years ago, Bethel’s Session initiated a visioning process that brought attention to a host of long-neglected problems with the church’s physical plant.

    This unwelcome news coincided with a sense that church finances were strained and evoked sharply different responses from Bethel’s normally cohesive members.

  • South Roane County fire chief announces retirement

    By Penelope Bond

    Special to the Roane County News

    At the April 10 meeting of the Roane County Fire Board, the county commissioners, fire chiefs and a great turnout of well-wishers from the South Roane County Fire Department expressed their appreciation to recently retired Chief Sam Wolfe and his wife Tami.

    Long-time South Roane County Fire Department volunteer Mike Morrison presented Chief Wolfe with a plaque recognizing his 50 years of service in firefighting.

    The warm affection and respect Chief Wolfe has earned is evident.

  • CELEBRATING KINGSTON