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Today's News

  • Autism can’t stop Amazing Jake

    Around Bowers Elementary School in Harriman, fourth-grader Jake Wray is known as “The Mayor.”
    The 9-year-old makes friends everywhere he goes and even has his own Facebook page, GetJakeWray1millionfans, which he has used to make friends from all over the world, including Russia, India and Germany.
    His sense of connection, including 785 Facebook fans, is  all the more remarkable considering he has autism, a disorder that stymies communication and social interaction

  • Armor-plated possums? Not quite

    While accompanying her father to a doctor’s appointment this summer, Annie Boyer of Oak Ridge spotted what she thought was a dead armadillo near the Midtown exit of Interstate 40.
    Her husband thought she was imagining things.
    “We just had a good laugh about it,” Boyer said. “But I know I saw what I saw. So I said I’m going back to take a picture of it.”

  • RSCC search narrows

    One of four finalists for president of Roane State Community College has withdrawn.
    Keith Cotroneo, president of Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, W. Va., is no longer in the running.
    Those who remain are Christopher L. Whaley, vice president of Student Learning and chief academic officer at Roane State Community College; Elizabeth Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs at Northeast Lakeview College in Universal City, Texas; and W. Michael Stoy, president of Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ga.

  • Harriman officers honored

    Harriman Police Department patrolmen were honored for their heroism recently for their rescue of a young boy from a perilous spot.
    The officers saved the child, who was hanging from a small bridge over a flood-level creek at Baumgartner Road on July 20.
    Kasey Mynatt, Brian Turner and Ridge Richardson were on patrol when they were sent to Baumgartner about a child that was about to fall into flood waters.
    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said the officers waded into the creek, and with the help of an unknown community member, ,pulled the boy up to safety.

  • Kingston gets unexpected funds

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston Council members learned last week the city will be able to pay some extra expenses from two big projects with additional money from the grant/loan programs that funded them.
    It might not be scrupulously accurate to call them “extra” expenses.
    City Manager Jim Pinkerton said the roughly $66,000 project to build a waterline across the Clinch River was supposed to have been part of the Rural Development Administration’s grant/loan for the now-completed Rockwood waterline.

  • Harriman seeks new employee over hospital

    A new employee may be overseeing Harriman’s numerous hospital buildings, including the main facility that may be left empty when Covenant Health moves Roane Medical Centers’ operations to Midtown early next year.
    Council member Kenyon Mee developed a job description for a new employee for council to consider.
    “Now it is getting down to the nitty gritty,” he said.
    “It is going to be a problem, and someone needs to be in place before they leave,” agreed Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Trivett 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. John Trivett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11.

    They celebrated with family and friends, along with a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands.

    Trivett and the former Lois Davis were married on July 11, 1962, in Elizabethton, with Luther Rodefer officiating.

    He is retired from Fortafil Fibers, Rockwood, and she is retired from Roane County News, Kingston.

    The couple has two daughters, Angie Sewell and her husband, Randy, Knoxville, and Veronica Stinnett and her husband, Travis, Harriman.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 22

    25 Years Ago
    A fixture in the Kingston community, Bronce Franklin Johnson died at the age of 84. A Kingston attorney, he had also served as an assistant state attorney general for 12 years and was a Washington staff member of the late U.S. Rep. Howard Baker Sr. He was recognized for his knowledge of the political arena and was relied on by many for background information in all manner of community developments.

    10 Years Ago

  • 58 years of service for Kingston Rotary Club

    Kingston Rotary Club members and guests celebrating the organization’s 58 years of community service are, front row from left, Jim and Jean Leitnaker, Dick Peden, George Warlick, Tom Pickel, Buddy Bowers, President Ralph Best; and back row, Bobby Davis, Brenda Wyatt, Bill Mixon, Gene Pickel, Ken Beauchamp, David Morgan, Ken Thoms, Bonnie Anderson and Suzanne Horsfall.

    Members not pictured are Deborah Alexander-Davis, David Reichle, John Shacter, Gary Aytes, Homer Clevenger, Jenny Tippens and Terry Stevens.

  • Arrests: Aug. 11-20, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 11 — Jason Lee Anderson, 33, 1099 Fairview Road, Harriman: failure to appear. No bond; court date Oct. 1.

    • Ashley Gail Andrews, 21, 707 Old Roane St., Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $900; court date Aug. 27.

    • Amanda Louis Christopher, 37, 316 Ayres Drive, Harriman: public intoxication. Bond $750; court date Sept. 24.