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Today's News

  • Pretty in PURPLE
  • Best: 46-month bank robbery term ‘a blessing’

    Christopher Wayne Best didn’t view his sentencing for bank robbery on Thursday as a negative.

    “I’m going to take whatever time you give me as a blessing and try to be a better person,” Best told Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    The federal guidelines called for a sentence range of 46 months to 57 months. Varlan kept it on the low end and sentenced Best to 46 months.

    “The court appreciates the defendant’s statement,” Varlan said.

  • Stove merchant racks up felony charges

    From staff reports

    A Kingston businessman faces multiple felony charges after customer complaints initiated a police investigation.

    Jody Starnes, owner of Starnes Woodstove and Patio Store on Race Street, has been charged with two counts of theft, said Kingston Police Detective Keith Kile.

    The charges, which will be combined and sent before a grand jury in June, allege that Starnes took deposits from customers after signing a contract to perform installation of stoves and fireplaces but performed no work.

  • Head out for fun at Kingston Street Fest Saturday

    The second time should be the charm for Kingston’s Spring Street Fest in Courthouse Square Saturday. The original event scheduled for March 23 was cancelled due to rain

    City leaders predict the event will build on the success of October’s Fall Street Fest.

    “It’s springtime, and people are ready to get outdoors,” said Debbie Russell, events coordinator for Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

    “If the weather holds out, we will probably have more people,” she said.

  • Granger out of Commission race

    The race for District 6 County Commission will feature four candidates instead of five.

    One of the people who qualified, Carolyn Granger, pulled her name as a candidate on Thursday.

    “Carolyn decided not to run,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Election Day is Aug. 2. Other contested races include County Commission Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5, trustee, county executive, county clerk, register of deeds and Harriman City Council.

  • Going With the Flo: We must recognize God’s hand in history and schools

    By Flo Charles

    One of the most important elements to the longevity of any nation is the educational system.

    The Founders believed schools and educational systems were a proper means to encourage that “religion, morality and knowledge” were necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind.

    Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the leading educator in America and called the Father of Education under the Constitution.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Mourn not circus’s demise, we still have a full time clown

    Gentle reader, we must this week beg your indulgence for any shortcomings in this production.

    This plea is occasioned by the old curmudgeon’s having fallen victim to another of the frailties that too often beset those of a certain age. In this case it is our teeth that have decided to give up the ghost and malfunction to a faretheewell.

    Adequate ingestion of nourishment is difficult, if not well-nigh impossible with two broken teeth, thus we have placed our self in the capable hands of Dr. Walmsley for the installation of a ‘’bridge.”

  • Police: Man busted nose of ex’s friend

    A Roane County man turned himself into the Roane County Jail after a warrant was issued for aggravated assault last month.

    Eric Aaron Bell, 27, is accused of striking victim Joseph A. Conrad at the 141 Cedar Brook Lane, the home of Tara Scott.

    “Mr. Conrad stated that shortly after his arrival a male subject previously known as Eric Bell came to the residence, who is a former boyfriend of Tara Scott,” reported Deputy Seth Hammons.

  • Hosta details galore at next Lunch & Learn

    Fred Anderson of the East Tennessee Hosta Society will lead a session on hostas during the next Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series.

    The series will begin at noon Saturday in the Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office.

    The office is at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

    This free monthly event is presented by the Master Gardeners of Roane County.

  • Support for victims of sexual abuse

    Avalon Center’s support group for victims of sexual abuse will meet in monthly session at 1 p.m. April 17.

    Call 931-456-0747 for location and more information.