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Today's News

  • Lady 'Cats take third in Eble tourney

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats didn’t win the 2011 Hollis Eble title, but Paige Wright’s squad played well, winning three of four games to finish third overall.
    The Lady ‘Cats opened tournament play with a 31-9 victory over Petros-Joyner, but lost their second round game against eventual champion York Institute, 36-23. Oliver Springs then picked up a 37-35 victory over Rockwood and a 39-35 victory over Coalfield for the third place finish.
    Oliver Springs vs.
    Petros-Joyner

  • Roane School of Isshin-ryu carries nationals

    At the International Isshin-ryu Karate Association’s annual banquet and tournament (IIKA Nationals), the Roane School of Isshin-ryu Karate posted impressive tournament results. In true Olympic fashion, first place winners received Gold Medals, second place received Silver with Bronze going to all third place finishers.

  • Tigers win Eble Championship

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers are hoping history repeats itself this season.
    Last year at this time, Bryan Powers’ squad won their second straight Hollis Eble Championship en route to what turned out to be an undefeated season and an East Tennessee Championship.
    Tuesday night, Rockwood made it three straight Hollis Eble championships with a 38-24 victory over York Institute.
    Tuesday’s win was the third in the tournament for the Tigers as Rockwood opened the tourney with 42-20 victory over Sunbright before beating Coalfield in the semifinals, 49-17.

  • Ambulance rate hike recommended

    People with no insurance have a hard time paying for their use of the Roane County ambulance service.
    “I think it’s 13 percent of our total transports are non-insured, and most of those accounts are delinquent,” said Howie Rose, director of the county ambulance department.
    The uninsured could have an even harder time paying in the future.
    The Roane County Ambulance Committee is recommending a rate increase.
    “We’re leaving a lot of money on the table,” Chairman James Brummett said.

  • Hold-up attempt at Bluff Road Rocky Top

    A woman tried to rob the Rocky Top on Bluff Road Monday night.
    The clerk told sheriff’s officials a white female with dark hair approached the register and demanded $250.
    “He tried to stall her by counting out the money, hoping someone would walk in the store,” the report said.
    The clerk also told authorities that the female, “stated that she had no problem killing him and raised her left hand inside the pocket of her hoodie as if to have a gun.”

  • Fire burns Harriman house

    A Harriman fire Friday night heavily damaged aresidential home that was being prepared for occupation.
    Harriman firefighters were called to 516 Henderson St. around 10:30 p.m. and fought the fire while neighbors watched from their yards.
    At one point — before Harriman Utility Board crews shut off the electricity — a live line to the home was a concern.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said it appears the fire started somewhere in the rear of the home.

  • Kingston may widen liquor base

    Kingston Council took the first step in opening the city’s retail liquor business to competition from all comers at its October meeting, but not without a rare note of dissent.
    Councilman Kevin McClure spoke out prior to the first reading of an ordinance that would alter an existing city ordinance that limits retail liquor sales to individuals who live in Kingston.
    If the ordinance passes on an eventual second reading, eligible business interests from outside the city would become eligible to open liquor stores here.

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  • Good food, holiday themes in store during FCE’s Christmas Ideas Fair

    Have a home-cooked meal and get some fun decorating and gift ideas during the annual Christmas Ideas Fair.

    The event of the Family and Community Education Clubs of Roane County will be Nov. 3-4 in Kingston Community Center.

    Thursday hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours on Friday will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available both days, with dinner available on Thursday until 6:30 p.m.

    Homemade goodies, sales table and a silent auction are among the attractions.

  • The Garden Gate: Is the madness ready to begin?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As November approaches, remember that the 11th month of the year is known as the Mad month in the American Indian calendar. That’s when anything can happen and usually does.

    Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.