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Today's News

  • Rockwood Concert in Park slated

    A “Concert in the Park” will begin at 6 p.m. May 23 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Live big-brass band music and food will be provided; the public is welcome to bring a chair or blanket to participate in the community event by Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • Book at Archives to aid in research familial lines of Tennessee women

    Frustrated genealogists who have been researching Tennessee ancestors and have hit the proverbial brick wall on a female line have a new resource in Roane County, thanks to a donation from Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

    The DAR has donated a copy of “Legacies of Our Great-Grandmothers: Early Tennessee Women” to the Roane County Archives in the historic Roane County Courthouse.

  • Short-lived canine ambassador will be missed

    Lucy the dachshund made friends everywhere she went — from sedate nursing home visits to more boisterous motorcyle rally fundraisers.

    Daniel Hejny no longer gets to take his beloved 7-year-old pet on such outings anymore. She died on April 21 after falling ill at home in recent weeks.

    “Lucy was the best girl,” said Hejny, a Harriman resident.

    Although small in stature (journalist H.L. Mencken famously remarked that the breed is “a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long), Lucy had a big impact on many she met.

  • KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS @ PRINCESS MAY 30

    Grammy-winning Southern blues rockers The Kentucky Headhunters will perform at the Princess Theatre in Harriman on Saturday, May 30.

    Tickets are $25 and include two opening acts for a show promoters are calling Thunder on the Mountain.

    They are celebrating the upcoming June 2 release of Meet Me In Bluesland, their previously unissued 2003 recording with their friend, the late, legendary pianist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Johnnie Johnson.

  • Richard Evans to be honored with 5K race

    Longtime Kingston attorney Richard K. Evans loyally served on the CASA of the 9th District board.

    For all he has done, this year’s Run for the Child 5k run/walk —Saturday morning at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus — is being dedicated in his honor.

    Evans was an integral part of the CASA financial committee as the organization, which serves abused and neglected children in Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties, was in its formative years.

  • Finishing touches
  • Kingston Rotary also make good flippers

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted its annual pancake breakfast and silent auction in February.

    More than 175 people were served, and a great time was had by all as folks enjoyed good food and visited with friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition.

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Real video’ holding us all accountable

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    “Seeing is believing,” or so the saying goes.

    We certainly can “see” more than ever in this era of 24/7 news, omnipresent street surveillance, police “body cams” and cellphone video — and that fits nicely into the First Amendment’s role in providing for both press and citizen “watchdogs on government.”

  • Hazardous waste day May 2 in Roane County

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Roane County on May 2.

    Items should be dropped at Roane County Recycling Center at 215 White Pine Road from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals and paint thinner.

  • Spot reappraisals scrutinized

    Accusations about spot reappraising continue to follow Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan.

    The issue came up in March when T.H. Brown, chairman of the Roane County Board of Equalization, sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “There appears to be a pattern of judgment and spot reappraising on improvement values, as well as significant reductions in land,” Brown said in the letter dated March 16.

    The letter was accompanied with 83 change-of-assessment certification forms.