Today's News

  • Yager paves way for state capitol documentary

    It has endured an army occupation, the interment of two of its founding fathers, and a car cruising through its hallways.
    The Tennessee State Capitol building has many great stories to tell — and some of those stories were revealed in a documentary about the building that premiered last week.
    The project is a result of the Tennessee General Assembly’s approval of Public Chapter No. 557, sponsored by state Rep Jim Coley and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Grief burns fiercely as Arizona wildfire

    I once lived at the base of Mingus Mountain in central Arizona.
    Mingus separated the folks of Cottonwood, where I lived, from our friends and neighbors to the south in Prescott.
    Both sides of that rugged, broad-shouldered mountain were beautiful. We didn’t share the Sonoran Desert landscape that defines Phoenix and Tucson. There was no saguaro cactus pointing this way and that.

    This was high desert, with grasslands, scrub oaks and deeply scented forests of juniper and pinion pine.
    Summers are tricky in these parts.

  • Tennessee Technological University graduates: Spring 2013

    Twenty-five Tennessee Technological University students from Roane County received degrees during spring commencement.

    They include:

    Harriman — Cameron Chase Bruse, Courtney Lerie Wicks-Pelfrey, Hailey D. Bryant, Jennifer Lynn Best, Kelly A. Smith and Patricia Alexandria Stricklan.

    Kingston — Chelsey Brooke Shipwash, Craig Alan Bernstorf, Jessica Knox, Joseph Tyler Stephenson, Kaley Delane Maguire, Mollie A. Swallows, Sarah Elizabeth Hall and Tia Marie Repscher.

  • Church Calendar: July 8-14

    • Kingston First Baptist Church Young at Heart will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St. (Note: new meeting site.) U.S. Marshal Derrick Swenson will present the program. Those attending are asked to bring meat, meat dish, vegetables or dessert for the following potluck meal; drinks and bread will be provided. The group will meet at the new site until renovations at Kingston First Baptist Church are complete in early 2014.


  • Meet this year's RSCC honorees from Roane County

    Michelle Edwards of Rockwood is the recipient of the prestigious President's Award at Roane State Community College.

    The award is the highest student honor given by the college.

    Also nominated for the honor were Daniel Miget and Corey Reed, both of Kingston.

    Ten Mile's Aaron Fielding is the recipient of the college's Outstanding Freshman Award.

  • Area shutterbugs invited to show off skills in Obed exhibit

    The National Park Service invites photographers to submit entries for an exhibit at the Obed Wild and Scenic River Visitor Center.

    The National Park Service is looking for striking digital images of nature, highlighting the diversity of life in the park.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, weather or people interacting with nature within the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    All photographs, except those submitted as artistic, should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

  • Samford University graduates: Spring 2013

    Steven Cody Wattenbarger of Ten Mile recently graduated from Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

    Samford University is in Birmingham, Ala.

  • Sheriff to start up Citizens Academy

    The popularity of television shows such as “CSI” has many questioning what goes on at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and how detectives solve crimes.

    Some of those answers may be found in the Roane County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Academy, offered at no cost this fall.

    The academy is designed to give residents a better understanding of an officer’s daily duties and responsibilities.

    The curriculum is similar that of the Police Academy and is taught by some of the same instructors.

  • Vacation Bible School 2013

    Cardiff Baptist
    “Colossal Coaster World” is the vacation Bible school theme at Cardiff Baptist Church, Rockwood. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-12 in the church at 2170 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Lincoln Memorial University white coat ceremony: spring 2013

    Suzanne Alice Alley of Kingston recently received her white coat at the physician assistant program class of 2014 white-coat ceremony at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate.

    Alley is a second-year physician assistant student at LMU.

    The white-coat ceremony is a standard ritual in physician assistant programs, allopathic and osteopathic medical schools across the country. It is a public demonstration of a student’s commitment to patient care and professionalism.