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Today's News

  • Breakfast funds help at home and abroad

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen, right, is among the 175 people taking advantage of the good food and camaraderie at Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser.

    Proceeds from the breakfast support service projects such as providing dictionaries to each third-grade student at Midway and Kingston Elementary Schools; awarding a scholarship to a nontraditional student at Roane State Community College; and helping to provide kidney transplants for low-income children in Mexico.

  • Registration to begin April 1 for summer camp

    Registration begins on April 1 for Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department’s 2015 summer camp.

    A link to ActiveNet online registration will be available at orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov.

    Space is limited, and the camp fills up quickly so early registration is recommended.

    Online registration will be available 24/7 beginning at 8 a.m. April 1.

    Payment plans are available only to online registrants. All payments must be completed by June 1.

    Convenience fees will apply to all credit card payments and payment plans.

  • Stories of Great War to be shared

    There is a reason Veterans Day Parades halt for a moment of silence at precisely 11 a.m.

    It was at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November 1918, that the deadliest and most destructive war in history, to that point, ended.

    More than 130,000 Tennesseans served in the Great War, some 40,000 of them from East Tennessee.

  • Motorists paying $19 less to fill up than in ’14

    Gas prices fell for the eighth consecutive day Sunday, AAA reported earlier this week.

    “The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group.

    “Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.”

    The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is nearly 3 cents cheaper than a week ago, but 18 cents more expensive than last month.

  • Orlando bound? You’re not alone

    Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season.

    Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at No. 1.

    Sunny beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.

  • Man arrested in cemetery vandalism

    By KAITLIN KEANE and DAMON LAWRENCE

    A man suspected in last week’s theft and vandalism at the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery was arrested Tuesday morning.

    Kevin D. Limburg is charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule VI drug and evading arrest.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities have not charged him in the cemetery incident, but he expects charges will come.

    “They will probably be grand jury charges,” he said.

  • Harriman considers business headhunters

    Harriman officials will decide in upcoming weeks whether to contract with a firm that specializes in hooking up prime locations with potential retailers.

    Retail Strategies, a Birmingham, Ala.-based consulting firm, wants to research Harriman’s offerings through demographics, traffic count and business analysis to develop a retail recruitment strategic plan.

  • FINAL RESPECTS

    Teddy Lee Morton, a former mayor of Kingston and a public servant in many other roles, died Saturday after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

    He was 77.

    Morton had served as a Kingston City Council member and also managed the city’s water and sewer departments. A graduate of Roane County High School, he later served on the Roane County School Board.

    He was an active member

    of First Baptist Church in Kingston and was involved in its summer mission work, despite his health issues.

  • Property assessor to speak to Roane County Tea Party

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan will meet with Roane County Tea Party on March 19.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

    Morgan has agreed to discuss the present status of the reappraisal of property taxes in Roane County.

    “Mr. Morgan states that he will answer questions presented to him by citizens concerning the process to date,” said Gary Johnston, co-chairman of the Roane County Tea Party.

  • Delayed school start still possible

    Roane County Board of Education member Sam Cox hasn’t changed his convictions.

    Cox said at January work session that he doesn’t think the 2015-16 school year should start until a budget is set. Cox, who represents District 3/4, reiterated that earlier this month.

    “I wouldn’t want to have a teacher there and tell them they’ve got that job for that year, and then have to lay them off,” he said.