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Today's News

  • Cousin county needs help from severe flooding

    Roane County, West Va., was devastated by flooding last week. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.
    Roane Countians in Tennessee are collecting cash donations or Walmart gift cards to assist those Roane Countians in rebuilding their lives.
    Donation drop-off areas are as follows:
    • Harriman: Ellis Surplus and Salvage at 301 Roane St.
    • Kingston: Roane County Courthouse, County Executives Office.
    • Oliver Springs: James Brummett Insurance, 104 Kingston Ave.

  • Starved child hearing put off

    A motion hearing for Matthew Dotson has been rescheduled for next month.
    Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder. They allegedly starved their 2-year-old son, Clifford, to death.
    Matthew Dotson’s attorney, Joseph Lodato of Knoxville, filed a motion to withdraw from the case because of his client’s “failure to fulfill contractual obligations,” the motion said.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said Lodato appeared in court on Monday, but Matthew Dotson was a no-show.

  • Brayden Andrew Burney

    Brayden Andrew Burney turned 5 years old on June 9.

    He celebrated on June 8 with a Woody and Buzz “Toy Story” party with relatives and friends.

    He is the son of Melissa and Scott Burney of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Linda Utley Banks of Harriman, and Troy and Annette Burney of Oliver Springs.

    Great-grandparents are the late Melvin and Lola Utley, the late Sarah and Junior Burney, and the late Etoy and O.T. McDaniel.

    Brayden has a 3-year-old brother, Shawn Alexander Burney.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of June 19

    25 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Kelly 50th

    Larry and Sue Kelly will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29.

    They will be honored with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. June 29 in Union Chapel Baptist Church at 2734 Lawnville Road, Kingston.

    The couple requests no gifts.

    The Kellys were married on June 29, 1963, in Union Chapel Baptist Church, Kingston, with the Rev. L.D. Noland officiating.

    They have a daughter and son-in-law, Kim Kelly Crowder and Jeff Crowder.

    There are four granddaughters, Alyson, Emily, Anna and Ella Crowder.

  • Library, United Way to promote literacy with puppet shows, stories

    Kingston Public Library will host Roane County United Way’s Day of Action on June 21 to promote literacy in imaginative, fun ways.

    The free event from 9 a.m. to noon in the library at 1004 Bradford Way, will include puppet shows, storytime and prizes.

    Activities start with a 4-H bug program at 9. Puppet shows at 9:30 and 10:30 will focus on sun and stranger safety, and the United Way’s storytime at 10 will be “Love You Forever.”

  • Holocaust survivor to speak at library

    Kingston Public Library and Roane Writers Group will present “A Hidden Child” on June 20 as part of the Thursdays at the Library program.

    Sonja DuBois, who was born in the Netherlands and became an orphan at 22 months, will share her experiences during and after the Holocaust.

    The free program will begin at 6 p.m. in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    A reception will follow.Call 376-9005 for details.

  • Ham radio operators to meet for Field Day

    Roane County amateur radio operators will give a public demonstration of emergency communications during annual Field Day exercises June 22-23  at Fort Southwest Point , Kingston.

    Despite the Internet, cellphones, email and modern communications, whole regions of the world find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber-optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.

    In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio.

  • The Garden Gate: Breathe easier by ramping up your daily intake of garlic

    Garlic is a member of the Alium family, which includes onions, leeks, shallots and chives.

    It is related to the flowering Amaryllis — the name of which is derived from the ancient Latin word for garlic.

    As a genus, garlic includes several hundred species, some of them native to most of North America. It is also native to central Asia and was introduced to the rest of the world by early immigrants.

  • Tighter security at Secret City Fest

    Visitors to the Secret City Festival will experience tighter security measures and maybe a few delays when entering the concerts this year, all in the name of safety.

    No backpacks or coolers will be allowed into the concert site, and all bags will be subject to search.  Visitors should expect delays if carrying in anything that needs to be searched.

    Organizers suggest festival attendees only bring their concert tickets, money for food, an ID to buy or consume beer and a chair for the concerts.