Today's News


    For now, the residents of the well-established Woodhaven neighborhood in Kingston have it good.

    Songbirds warble from massive tulip poplars. Although nearby Interstate 40 carries a steady stream of traffic, the road noise is dampened by a nearly 50-acre wooded hill between them.

    There’s a sense of calm in this lush, waterfront community near the convergence of the Emory and Clinch rivers.

    “This is one of the most tranquil neighborhoods in Kingston,” said resident LeAnn Qualls, who has lived there for nearly two decades.

  • ‘In God’ proposal put off

    The Roane County Commission voted 8-7 Monday night to defer the “In God We Trust” resolution to its property committee.

    That turned into a challenge for the official who made the proposal.

    “This just hardens my resolve,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “It’s going to come back forward, and we’ll stand together and vote to pass this hopefully.”

  • Mowing accident kills officer

    A Harriman man and public safety officer died in an off-duty lawnmower accident Saturday.

    Michael Andre Goins, 41, worked as an airport officer and mowed yards on the side. He was mowing for a client when the accident happened.

    “The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority has lost one of its valued public safety officers,” said Becky Huckaby, vice president of public relations for the airport.

    Goins had 15 years of law enforcement experience, including with Harriman Police Department.

  • TVA running SOR trucks

    Some South of the River residents have noticed increased truck traffic in their area.

    “There’s a huge number of trucks,” Timberline Drive resident Bob Henderson said. “You might see 10 on a trip from Kingston out to Woody Lane. Several people have asked me what’s going on.”

    The trucks are part of a project at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • The Garden Gate: Superstition may be creatures’ best protection

    An amazing book published in France by Charles Estienne in 1550 assures us that “some report a marvelous strange thing of Basil, as namely it grows higher and fairer if it be sown with curses and injuries offered to it, and watered with vinegar.”

    Well, you can try this, but it is very likely that modern basil is more civilized.

    If you plan on having an herb garden this summer, now is a good time to start serious planning. A sunny spot near your kitchen door is ideal, or perhaps a corner of your vegetable garden.

  • THP seat belt, sobriety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct safety belt and sobriety checkpoints on Roane County roads in May.

    The first safety belt checkpoint will be from 7 to 8 p.m. May 16 on the Interstate 40 westbound 340 mile-marker offramp.

    Another safety belt checkpoint, also from 7 to 8 p.m., will be on May 21 on the I-40 westbound 350 mile-marker offramp.

    Two sobriety roadside safety checkpoints are also planned for the month.

    The first, on the week of May 18, will be at Hwy. 328 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • Tea Party to hear from Farmer, Woody Thursday

    Roane County is scheduled to pay nearly $2 million in interest on the $2.5 million it borrowed for the Plateau Partnership Park.

    The county borrowed $1.750 million for the project in 2007. The first principal payment on that debt won’t be made until 2016.

    In 2010, the county borrowed another $750,000. The first principal payment on that debt isn’t scheduled to be made until 2025.

    Both deals were put together during the tenure of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer.

  • Land Bank to be League luncheon topic

    Charlie Jernigan, chairman of the Oak Ridge Land Bank Corp. board of directors, will be the guest speaker at Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ upcoming Lunch With the League.

    The meeting starts at noon May 20 in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    No reservations are necessary. Box lunches will be available for $8 on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11:30 a.m., or those attending may bring their own meal. Coffee and tea are provided.

  • Morgan-Grizzard

    Randy and Becky Morgan of Oliver Springs announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Megan Ann Morgan, to Michael Brett Grizzard.

    He is the son of Mike Grizzard and Lisa Grizzard, both of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. June 7 in Big Emory Baptist Church, Harriman. Invitations have been sent.

    A reception will follow in the church’s reception hall.