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Today's News

  • KNIGHTLY JOUSTING
  • Cofer retires from Rockwood utilities

    One of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas’ most loyal employees is saying goodbye.

    Billing supervisor Fonna Cofer has retired after 21 years.

    “I don’t want to leave, but I had a stroke in September,” said Cofer.

    “I’ve enjoyed working for the water and gas. They are a great company,” she added.

    Cofer started as a cashier and work order clerk and then went into billing and became the billing supervisor.

  • Mom leaves baby home alone to go out for beer

    A Kingston woman was arrested last month after she allegedly left her infant child home alone to go on a beer run.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Department Sgt. Jerry Singleton was investigating a report of a possible drunk person on April 16 when he spoke with Vernon Altazan at Kingston Four Apartments.

    “He stated that he had called 911 because he felt the lady, Ms. Cassie Oglesby, had been drinking and bought a alcoholic beverage at the Rocky Top while he was there,” the warrant said.

  • Tickled PINK
  • Dollar General building price tag too high?

    The $850,000 asking price for the building that houses the Dollar General Store in Kingston could be too high for some members of the Roane County Commission.

    “The Budget Committee recommended it with reservations, and that reservation was they felt $850,000 was too much for it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I tend to agree with them. I think that’s too much for the building.”

    The building is at 218 N. Third St., Kingston.

  • Harriman Gardens sprucing up

    Harriman Gardens resident Barbara Bradshaw has taken her beautifully renovated one-bedroom apartment and made it her own.

    The cheerful building monitor loves red, and her couch, bed and décor match her vibrant personality.

    “It just seems cozy,” Bradshaw said of her new digs.

  • OS students explore the world of virtual reality

    Oliver Springs High School students and area business owners last week were lucky enough to get the opportunity to experience state of the art educational technology based on virtual reality and three dimensional computing.

    ZSpace is a personal computer-based mixed reality learning platform for the K-12 curriculum that allows students to observe and interact with three-dimensional models of machines and biological organisms including the human body.

  • Covenant demonstrates WeCare to Long family

    Roane Medical Center has been a part of Vicky Long’s family as far back as she can remember.

    “I am biased since I’m a long-time employee and my mother was a 30-year employee of Roane Medical Center and retired from there,” she said.

    “I grew up with Roane Medical Center; my kids used to go trick-o-treating there.”

  • Roane Medical provides expertise and caring support for employee’s family

    Vicky Long had just gone to bed last Oct. 1 when her cell phone rang.

    “I looked over and saw it was my son – I always answer for my kids no matter when it is,” she said.

    Long heard a tone that “a Mom knows is not a good thing” in her son’s voice.

    Her instincts were correct.

    The next words she heard from her 22-year-old son, Ryan, gripped her with fear:

    “Mom, I’m hurt,” he said. “I need you to come and take me to the hospital.”

  • What’s the SCORE? Exploit your small business strengths

    By Dana Peterka

    Small businesses often have advantages over larger companies. It’s important to recognize these strengths and make the most of them in order to grow your business and profitability.

    Here are seven characteristics that often give small businesses an edge over bigger competitors:

    • Provide a personal touch. Develop face-to-face, person-to-person relationships with prospects and clients.