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Today's News

  • Fireside Festival to help Child Advocacy Center

    The inaugural Fireside Festival for the Children will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in The Venue at Lenoir City.

    This family-friendly event is free to the public and designed for children of all ages.

    Adults can participate in a Christmas tree auction, with roughly 25 trees to be sold to the highest bidders.

    Sponsorship dollars were used to purchase trees in a variety of sizes, which were then claimed by businesses, community groups and individuals to decorate in the themes of their choosing.

  • Get a Jumpstart on writing with January session

    Concurrent writing workshops are scheduled for “January Jumpstart XVIII,” a Tennessee Mountain Writers event, on Jan. 12-14, 2018, at the Best Western Morristown Conference Center.

    Darnell Arnoult will lead fiction and Bill Brown returns to lead poetry.

    The session will open with an informal social hour on Friday evening. Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a break for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.; and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • AAA: Gas prices dropping this month

    After a somewhat volatile month for prices at the pump in November, gas prices opened December on the decline.

    AAA reports gas prices in Tennessee have declined 21 consecutive days for a total discount of 5 cents.

    The current Tennessee gas price averaged is $2.283, 1 cent less than last week, 1 cent higher than a month ago, and 28 cents more than last year.

    The most expensive gas price averages in Tennessee, according to AAA, are in Jackson ($2.388), Nashville ($2.314), and Memphis ($2.311).

  • Milestone anniversary for Dunns

    By Michaele Butler

    For Roane County News

    On Dec. 11, 1992, Michael and Karen Dunn were married in a beautiful Christmas setting at Kingston United Methodist Church.

    They were surrounded by supportive friends and family who were excited about their union.

    The couple met at Michael Dunn Center when Karen was in the Day Program and Michael was a participant in the Vocational Program.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: It’s up to us to protect our water

    A public hearing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Roane County Courthouse General Sessions Courtroom, with regard to a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation permit for the TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant.

    The permit would allow TVA to discharge cooling water, process wastewater and storm water runoff from the Kingston plant. TDEC staff will be collecting oral and written comments from the public. There will also be a question-and-answer session starting at 6.

  • GLIMPSES: We need statesmen, not politicians

    By MARK BANKER

    Popular myths about our founders to the contrary, ongoing efforts at tax reform in Washington affirm an old insight. The fundamental question has never been “will we pay taxes?”

    Instead on matters of taxation, “who pays?” and “who benefits?” have always been the fundamental questions.

    Politics and governing intertwine, but on this matter it is helpful to temporarily distinguish between the two and their purposes.

  • TOUROFHOMES

    A new owner lovingly cares for a historic and iconic Victorian home that towers over the historic Cornstalk Heights community.

    The home that Ed and Mariann D’Alessandro poured their love and memories into now belongs to Renka Santos and her cousin Joel Self.

    “You complement this house so much. This is what the home was meant to be like. I think Mariann would be going bonkers over this house,” said Ed D’Alessandro.

    D’Alessandro sold the house this year after the death of Mariann at 73.

  • Bobcats having fun and showing off

    Oliver Spring Bobcat high school varsity teammates Mason Hill (14) and Blake Nation showcase some of their skills Wednesday afternoon at their team’s picture day.

  • Golf returns to Roane State

    A Roane State alumnus with fond memories of his days on the college’s golf team wants to make those experiences available to current students as well as those who enroll at Roane State in the future.

    Chris Griffin of Oak Ridge has volunteered to be the coach of a revived men’s golf squad and to also launch the college’s first-ever team of women golfers.

  • Catcher “catching” chance

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina has signed Oliver Spring’s four year starting catcher Kylie Richardson to play softball.