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Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Mary and good food are back at Harriman Steak and Diner

    By Bethel Poston
    I get tips on places to go “Out to Lunch” from several people. One of them, Eddie’s Body Shop owner Rodney Harback, told me about Donna’s Diner 18 months ago. I wrote about the diner, a restaurant across from Jerry Duncan Ford in Harriman.

    “You need to eat at the new Harriman Steak and Diner,” Rodney told me a couple of weeks ago when I picked up my car at his Harriman shop. “The food is great. It’s at the former Donna’s location, with a new name and new owners.”

  • Catching up with the new UT baseball coach

    Dave Serrano, left, new head baseball coach at the University of Tennessee, visits with Harriman Rotary Club members Frank Knies, center, and Bob Creswell during the coach’s recent club presentation. 

    Serrano discussed his desire to lead the team to such a level of success that UT would be the place to play college baseball.  It would have such a winning record both on and off the field that recruiting would be easy.

  • Reading Foundation awards $50 bond

    Edward A.G. Thompson, a 13-month-old Kingston boy, and his mother, Amanda, were the winners of a $50 U.S. Savings Bond awarded by the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The bond was awarded during the Kingston Country Fair.

    “This may be the start of Edward's college fund,” said Allen Lutz, board member for the Reading Foundation.

    Sixty-two children were entered into the drawing for the savings bond.

  • Yager TNCO’s top legislator

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has received the Legislator of the Year award from the Tennessee Community Organizations.

    The honor was awarded during the group’s annual ceremony at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro.

  • Meeting to offer voters more about photo IDs

    People in Tennessee have to show a photo ID to buy cigarettes, liquor and Sudafed.

    Starting next year, they’ll also have to show one in order to vote.

    In an effort to educate the public about the new state law requiring voters to show a photo ID, town hall meetings are being held in all 95 counties on Tuesday.

    Roane’s is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Office of Emergency Services at 230 N. Third St., Kingston, which is next to the Dollar General Store.

  • Kingston clogging teams rack up big wins

    It’s not hard to love the exuberant young girls moving in sync, their shoes stomping and madly clicking.

    And all season long, judges have felt the same way about three South Eastern Clogging Co. Three competitive teams have excelled at various events.

    “They are all really good,” praised instructor Paulette Ray.

    Two of those teams, SECC Platinum and SECC Electric, even placed in the America’s Clogging Hall of Fame World Championships.

  • Collett never wrestled with career choice

    Rockwood’s Jeff Collett learned very early he wanted to be a professional wrestler when he grew up.

    “When I was 5 years old,” confirmed the man whom wrestling fans know as “The Southern Gentleman.”

    “As soon as I saw it, that is what I was going to be.”

    The family, including former Rockwood City Council member Ray Collett, moved to Virginia when Jeff was 3 and a sportswriting neighbor would give the family his free tickets to area wrestling shows.

  • Golf cart adds to brouhaha in neighborhood

    Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs said a case authorities presented to the Roane County Grand Jury earlier this month was one of a kind.  

    “It may be the first case in the history of Tennessee where someone was arrested for having an abandoned golf cart on their property,” Isaacs said.

    His client, Colleen Landaiche, was indicted on Oct. 17 for theft of property between $1,000 to $10,000.

    The property in question was a golf cart owned by her neighbor, Jack Elkins.

  • Murder investigation continues

    Authorities are trying be very thorough in the investigation into who killed a 23-year-old Knox County woman.

    “We want to make sure we cover all our bases and not leave anything uncovered,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I think it will come together. I really do.”

    Brooke Morris’ body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15.

  • ‘Boo’ to the mailman, and ‘boo’ to YOU