Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: A trotline runs through it

    “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ’s disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.”

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Lauren Simpson and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dalaina: First you put it in the oven, then take it out and cut it up, and then you eat it.

  • $2 million in grants to aid Rockwood

    Rockwood has been the recipient of several recent grants which gives the city more than $2 million.

    The grants will serve to update, repair and construct various projects in and around the city.

    Two of the grants will help rehabilitate homes in need of repair, which ties in with Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller’s goal of ridding Rockwood of unsightly and dilapidated properties.

    Required matching funds of about $369,000 equates to about 85 percent in grant funds and a 15 percent match.

    The grants include:

  • Oh, deer!

    With Swan Pond Baptist Church in the background, one of nature’s more docile creatures takes a leisurely afternoon stroll in the shadow of TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Steampunk goes aboard the Titanic: Harriman designers create costumes for Museum festivities

    Harriman’s Steps In Tyme Designs continues to be recognized for unique steampunk costume pieces, and people can take a look at some of the fascinating creations at a Thanksgiving event at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.

    “We are costuming 20 people for a Steampunk Masquerade on Thanksgiving night,” said R.J. Foster, who owns Steps In Tyme with his wife, Roseanna.

    “It is part of their Winterfest kickoff up there. They contacted us to assist with the steampunk stuff. The costumes will be on the actors I cast for the event.”

  • After free wood dust-up, Ferguson rekindles program

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he plans to restart his free wood program today – Monday – after shutting it down briefly earlier this month.

    The short demise apparently stemmed from a disagreement with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who has questioned the legality of the program.

    “I didn’t threaten to shut it down,” Ferguson said. “I shut it down because he wanted a letter from the District Attorney General.”

  • Fire investigation

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes, left, and Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile investigated some potential evidence at the scene of Friday’s forest fire off Spring Street in Kingston.

    Heavy equipment heads into the hills off of Kingston’s Spring Street Friday evening to fight a forest fire.

  • County takes steps toward buying store beside jail

    Roane County officials want to have further discussions about the Dollar General Store before appropriating $25,000 to secure an option on the building.

    A resolution calling for such a move was on the County Commission’s Nov. 14 agenda. By a 13-0 vote, it was deferred to the property, jail study and sheriff’s liaison committees.

    “I think we want to move fairly fast on it, but we still have to make sure it goes through the proper channels,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

  • Man pleads to sex abuse of 4-year-old

    The “accused” label was taken off Shawn D. McDavid last week.

    The 32-year-old Harriman man is now convicted of a Class C felony after pleading guilty on Nov. 16 to attempted aggravated sexual battery.

    His victim was 4 years old.

  • Home Sweet Home: Workers, retirees drawn to Caney Creek RV living

    By Peter Forton

    Caney Creek RV Resort, tucked away along the edge of Watts Bar Lake in Midtown, is a unique community of people who’ve come to the resort for a multitude of reasons.

    The relatively small resort with 178 sites is a short distance from Interstate 40 — and waterfront lifestyle have attracted visitors from around the U.S.