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Today's News

  • Eagles overpower Oliver Springs, 9-1

     

    The weather was cold and damp Monday evening at Oliver Springs’ Arrowhead Park, but the visiting Oakdale Eagles adapted to the elements just fine as they handed the Bobcats their first District 4-A loss of the season, 9-1.

  • Midway knocks off Cosby, 12-1

     

    After a slow start, Midway’s offense kicked into high gear last Friday when they popped Cosby, 12-2, to improve to 3-1 on the 2014 season. 

    Midway had not scored more than four runs in their first three games of the season, and the 12 runs against Cosby were more than the first three games combined.

  • Roane clerk first witness in Rocky Houston federal trial

    Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson was the first witness called to testify Monday afternoon in Rocky Houston's federal trial on being a convicted felon in possesion of firearms.

    Nelson testified that Houston was convicted of felony evading arrest in 2010.

    She was followed to the stand by Jason Dobbs, the lead U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent on the case.

    The morning was taken up by jury selection. Four men and 10 women were seated to the jury in the U.S. District Courthouse in Knoxville.

  • Ford dealership may be on move to Kingston site

    Jerry Duncan Ford may be moving to Kingston.

    “I have heard about this possibility, but as far as I know, this is not a done deal,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    The Ford dealership, a downtown Harriman fixture, was bought by Jerry Duncan in 1975.

    Duncan’s son, Marty Duncan, has operated the dealership since 2009.

    Though Marty Duncan declined comment, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason wished the dealership well if the move comes to fruition.

  • No county budget vote until after Aug. election

    The 2014 county election could serve as a referendum on higher taxes for education.

    Last year the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund the school system’s 2013-14 budget.

    The Roane County Commission did not approve the rate hike.

    If the school board makes another request for an increase this year, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said a vote on the 2014-15 county budget may not happen until after the Aug. 7 election.

  • Pinnacle connector work starting

    JG Mullins Construction Co. started work Thursday to open Pinnacle Drive from Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center to the neighboring property owned by their partner Robert Bowen.

    Gary Mullins planned on removing the bank within the limits of the easement and putting down seed, straw and possibly gravel.

    “My idea is let the developer finish it,” said Mullins, referring to future buyers of the Bowen property.

  • Farmer says he’s not tax increase candidate in county executive race

    In 2007, then Roane County executive Mike Farmer lobbied hard for a 25-cent increase in the property tax rate. His lobbying worked, as the Roane County Commission approved the 25-cent rate hike that year.

    Farmer was voted out of office in 2010, but he’s picked up a petition to run for county executive again in this year’s election.

    Despite his record of lobbying for big tax increases, Farmer claims he’s not the tax increase candidate in this year’s race.

    “I would hope that no tax increase is necessary,” he said.

  • BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER FOR 4-H
  • THE BOYS OF SUMMER AT CAMP

    Carter Puckett, left, Riley Walker, center, and Keyton Hope await their turn to shine during Kingston Parks and Recreation’s third annual youth baseball camp earlier this month.

    “Our biggest thing is to get them excited about playing baseball at the start of the season,” said Rick Ross, Kingston parks and recreation director.

    The camp, open to ages 7-12 at Southwest Point, gave youths opportunities to work on their infield and outfield games, as well as pop flies, hitting and gaming fundamentals.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Erin go bragh! Try authentic Irish dishes at Flaherty’s

    When I discovered my next “Out to Lunch” article would be published on St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it was appropriate to write about Flaherty’s Irish Pub in Maryville.

    Maryville is a city founded by Scots-Irish.

    My wife, Carol, and I were fortunate to spend some time in Dublin, Ireland, several years ago and have lunch in one of the pubs.

    I asked Jim and Beverly Nall if they would like to join us for this latest adventure. Jim grew up in Kingston and is in our Sunday school class at Kingston First Baptist Church.