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Today's News

  • Harriman man gets 8 years in guilty plea for selling drugs

    Carleton Goins had a chance to face a jury on Tuesday.
    Instead, he decided to plead guilty to charges of selling cocaine.

    “A lot of these guys tend to think that we’re not able to get our confidential informants to trial,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “When they find out we can, they change their mind.”
    Reedy said Goins was sentenced to eight years in prison. The case stemmed from a 2009 indictment.

  • No proof co-worker tainted Mountain Dew

    The case against the woman accused of poisoning her co-worker’s Mountain Dew in 2011 was dismissed Thursday morning in Roane County Criminal Court.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the state didn’t have any proof to substantiate the reckless endangerment charge against Ashley Nicole Carroll.
    “We were never able to develop the identity of what the substance was alleged to be,” he said.
    “There’s no proof at all, medical or otherwise, so it had to be nolle prossed” or dismissed.

  • December opening eyed for Boys, Girls Club

    A Boys and Girls Club opening in Roane County may be as close as mid-December, but organizers need community support.
    The Roane County Boys and Girls Club Unit Advisory Board is kicking off a Founders’ Campaign at the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival.
    However, anyone can donate now or in the future.
    “All funds raised from the Founders’ Campaign stays right here in Roane County,” said board chairman Mike Dishman. “We are ready. I cannot wait to cut a ribbon.”

  • WHOOPS!: Steakhouse actually for New York

    A new restaurant looking for employees in Midtown is not talking about Midtown, Tenn., despite what job postings might indicate.
    Job seekers have gone to websites like Indeed.com and seen postings like a dining room manager advertised for Midtown, Tenn.
    A link then takes them to a website talking about NYY Steak Midtown.
    Coyne Public Relations officials say the restaurant is opening in Midtown  Manhattan, which is an upscale area of New York City.
    NYY Steak, under the Hard Rock Restaurant umbrella, is a New York Yankee-themed eatery.

  • Fall Into His Arms conference slated

    Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston, will be the site of the first Fall into His Arms Women’s Conference.

    Organizers call it “The first of its kind in Roane County.” It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 9 to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the church at 106 Morrison Hill Circle.

    The conference is organized by Brenda Wright, a Bible teacher at Morrison Hill Christian Church.

  • Gala to raise money for scholarships for Roane student writers

    The 2013 Student Writers Scholarship Gala, a fundraising event, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    “Sentenced to Write” is the theme of this year’s event, a partnership between Roane Writers Group and Roane County Heritage Commission.

    Antebellum-costumed greeters and other period characters will mingle with guests.

    The gala is the primary fundraiser for the scholarships and prizes awarded to winners of Roane Writers Group’s annual Student Writing Contest.

  • Singing to honor Harvey, help OS Historical Society

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society’s C.S. “Sonny” Harvey Memorial Gospel Singing will feature a number of area singers and groups.

    The singing, a tribute to the longtime Oliver Springs businessman and Historical Society supporter who died in January, will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 in the former Beech Park activity building on Old Butler Road, Oliver Springs, adjacent to the Windmill Inn.

  • Foundation awards grant to Dunn Center

    Michael Dunn Center is the recipient a grant from the 1st and 10 Foundation of Guild, N.H.,  to purchase sensory equipment for children and adults supported the center.

    Sensory equipment is needed at the center to better support the growing number of children and adults diagnosed with autism.

  • GUEST OPINION: Gay equality trumps religious objections

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In the wake of two favorable Supreme Court decisions, gay-rights proponents got another boost this month with the release of State of the First Amendment: 2013, a public-opinion survey supported by the First Amendment Center.

    According to the new poll, a majority of Americans (62 percent) now agrees that religiously affiliated groups receiving government funds can be required to provide health benefits to same-sex couples, even if the group has religious objections to same-sex marriage or partnerships.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Rhea County sights, other oddities

    Gentle reader, it has occurred to us that two issues presently concerning the powers that be in the Federal District, namely the invasions of privacy inherent in the collection of citizens’ telephone calls and electronic transmitted messages, and the perilous state of the Post Office might both be resolved by one simple solution: You want to send a message? Write a letter.