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Today's News

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in March.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of March 8 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge in Kingston.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Gas up 26 cents per gallon in past month

    Gas prices across the U.S. jumped an average of 4 cents last week, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29.

    Motorists are now paying 26 cents more a gallon since prices hit

    a low of $2.03 on Jan.

    26.

  • Feb. 26 chili supper to help Second Chance

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 16th annual benefit chili supper this week.

    This event, which benefits area dogs and cats, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Kingston Community Center.

    Chili, dessert and drinks will be available for a $5 donation.

    All proceeds donated helps with Sceond Chance’s spay/neuter program and helps pet owners who are unable to afford food for their dogs and cats.

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue is a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping animals.

  • Ellis-Ashburn pens first book

    Former Roane County resident Hope Ellis-Ashburn recently released her first book, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.”

    The book outlines the historic Arabian horse breeding program of Bill and Joanne Gutknecht and is primarily based in rural Giles County.

    It introduces the background history of the program, along with the horses that were a part of it from its inception through present day.

    One special chapter on the Milky Way Farm, where Kimbrook Arabians once resided, details the history of the Milky Way Farm.

  • Military Matters: Rue Eskridge

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rue Eskridge recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Mona L. Hopper of Oliver Springs, he is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    His sister is Chelsey M. Eskridge of Oak Ridge.

    Eskridge completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Payton Madox ‘Max’ Richardson

    Payton Madox “Max” Richardson will celebrate his ninth birthday on March 8 with a Minecraft-themed party.

    He is the son of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.

    Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.

  • Maggie Rose Richardson

    Maggie Rose Richardson will celebrate her seventh birthday on March 8 with a Frozen-themed party.

    She is the daughter of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy.

    Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.

  • No school in Roane County on Wednesday

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said it's unlikely the system will have school on Wednesday, but officials will wait until around 3 p.m. to decide for sure.

  • Harriman youth baseball, softball sign ups

    Harriman Recreation Department will Host Dixie Youth Baseball sign-ups for ages 4-8, 9-10 and 11-12 ,as well as Girls Fast Pitch Softball Feb. 20 to March 7. Sign-ups will be from 1 to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays at the Harriman Community Center. Please bring a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate. Coaches must sign up at this time also and will be subject to a back ground check

  • Lady Jackets pick up consolation win

    Despite both teams being eliminated from District 4-AA tournament championship contention, Kingston did find its way into both consolation brackets.

    While the Lady Jackets held off Scott for a 54-45 win — earning themselves the third seed — the boys fell to Alcoa, 60-53.

    The Lady Jackets went back-and-forth with Scott early in the first period before Kingston ripped off a 7-0 run to put them ahead, 13-6.