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Today's News

  • Loudon body not from Roane

    Human remains found in Loudon County last week are not connected to a Roane County cold case.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton was hopeful the remains belonged to Karen Beard, who hasn’t been seen since 1991.
    “It’s very disappointing,” he said. “I was hoping that would put an end to the case.”
    Stockton said authorities were able to determine the remains were not Beard’s through forensics.
    “The DNA didn’t match, and dental records didn’t match,” he said.   

  • Kingston tours city halls

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston is a justifiably proud city: It is eminently livable, soundly managed and blessed with a seemingly matchless combination of natural beauty and natural resources.
    But there’s one area where Kingston runs a distant second to many of its small-town counterparts — that is, when it comes to its aging, space-deficient city hall.

  • Ellis won’t run for state rep

    STAFF REPORTS
    Harriman resident and Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said Tuesday he toyed with a run for state representative, but it won’t be happening.
    Ellis was prodded to run after redistricting split Roane into two state representative districts.
    “Although it was very tempting to run for the Tennessee House of Representative for the 32nd District,” Ellis said, “after much prayer and consultation with my family I have decided I will not be running.”

  • Consumer group head to speak

    Consumer rights activist Mary Mancini, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, will speak Friday on the Tennessee legislative issues surrounding voter ID laws and their effect on your right to vote. Her program is open to the public and sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party.
     It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Roane County Park meeting center.

  • Rotary pancakes a treat for both the tastebuds and the community

    Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction next weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    Proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 4 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

  • The Garden Gate: Orange you glad for these fruits?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In Tennessee, we think of orange as a color, especially those of us who are avid sports fans, as it is representative of our team loyalties.

    The word orange originally referred to the scent of the fruit, rather than its color hue.

    The word orange is derived from Sanskrit, the classical language of India.

    The Sanskrit “naranga” is kin to another one, “naru” in another Indian language, Tamil, where naru means fragrant.

  • Taylor Ann Smith

    Taylor Ann Smith turned 5 years old on Nov. 21, 2011.

    She celebrated with a Princess and Prince party with her family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Will and Kristy Smith of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Steve and Mona Bolden of Harriman and Diana Smith of Oakdale.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Oran of Harriman and W.F. and Ruth Headrick of Oakdale.

    Taylor has a 3 1/2-year-old brother, Liam.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 25

    25 Years Ago
    As expected, Rockwood Electric Utility’s bank account was dropping faster than the temperature. REU board members decided a few months prior to absorb a TVA increase instead of passing it on to customers. Cash reserves get low when REU pays TVA before customers pay REU. According to REU Manager Charles Johnson, this happens every year. It usually takes three or four months to regain normal cash flow.

    10 Years Ago

  • Arrests: Jan. 13-18

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jan. 13 — Janice Marie Bunch, 33, 3077 Roane State Hwy., Harriman: failure to appear, violation of probation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Total bond $6,000; court date March 26.

    • Karen Weaver Clough, 49, 135 Carroll Ave., Harriman: violation implied consent law. Total bond $1,000; court date March 26.

  • Births: Jan. 10-14

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Jan. 10 — Krystal and Kevin Hicks, Rockwood. A girl, Vivian Nichole, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents: Tammy Hicks and Randy Hicks; Lisa King; Michael Gamble.

    Jan. 12 — Emily Gale Cox, Harriman. A boy, Bronson Cole, 7 pounds, 12 ounces.