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Today's News

  • Did you know

    ... that one of the more interesting stretches of railroads in the country ends at the edge of Roane County?

    A stretch of the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway that runs between Somerset, Ky., and Oakdale once had 27 tunnels, earning it the nickname, The Rathole.

    The stretch is maintained by Norfolk-Southern Railroad, and all but four tunnels have been eliminated.

    Even so, the striking landscape includes plenty of deep, canyon-like cuts through the hills and enough high bridges to make the heart of any railroad enthusiast pound.

  • Jackets top Green Wave in Champion tourney

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Midway Green Wave met on the baseball diamond Friday afternoon with the Jackets picking up a 4-1 victory in the 2013 Harriman Champion Classic Tournament.

    Due to tournament rules, Friday’s game lasted only five innings with Kingston taking the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning.

  • Close games for Kingston in Region II Challenge

      Rain would was out day three of the Region II Challenge Tournament played at Karns and Farragut, but not before the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets got in four games in the first two days of play.

  • Tigers knock off Bobcats, 11-5

    In what could a Region 2-A tournament preview, the Rockwood Tigers hosted the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night and would use seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to knock off the Bobcats, 11-5.

    Friday’s contest was even for three innings as both teams scored three runs in the second inning.

  • Lady ‘Cats in hunt for 4-A title

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats traveled to Oneida Friday evening and picked up a huge 3-2 victory over the Lady Indians.

  • Out to Lunch: Gourmét and Southern goodness meet at Bistro at Bijou

    My wife, Carol, and I both worked on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville while I attended the University of Tennessee in the late 1950s. We always enjoy “stepping back to the past” in this historic area and reviving pleasant memories.

    We visited the historic Bijou Theater last year with our longtime Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease.  Still laughing after the performance of “Menopause the Musical,” we decided to go back another day to eat at Bistro at the Bijou.

  • Cowell, Foust, Rivers, Lyke, Meza honored

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce presented its prestigious annual business awards for 2013 before a crowd of community and business leaders attending the Chamber’s 67th annual banquet at Whitestone Country Inn on April 19.

    Honorees this year include Rose Meza of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation, Chamber Ambassador of the Year; Foust Family Fitness, Business of the Year; Brantley Rivers of Acme Brick and Block, Paul E. Goldberg Young Professional Award; and Gail Lyke of First Bank of Tennessee, Roane Chamber Woman of the Year.

  • Housing chief put on paid leave

    Harriman Housing Authority Director Sheila Smith is on administrative leave with pay amidst a look into allegations.

    That is where Housing Authority Board Chairman Wayne Best left it when asked to confirm Smith was on leave.

    “Right now, there is no investigation going on,” Best said Friday. “We just have an attorney looking at some allegations.”

    Julia Clark is acting as interim director over the authority, which oversees public housing developments in Harriman.

  • TOYS FOR TOTS: Kingston sisters’ birthday gifts go to hurting kids

    Kingston sisters Anna Beth and Ellie Layne decided to do something different for their combined birthday party last month.

    Instead of gifts for them, they asked the invitees to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District.

  • Tax hike plea for education almost certain

    Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller implored county commissioners to not take a steadfast stance against a property tax rate increase at this stage in the budget process.

    “Don’t make the statement right now, ‘I’m not going to raise taxes,’” he said.

    “If I was sitting in your chair, would I be giving these men or these kids or anybody in this community a fair look?”