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Today's News

  • Apartment fire over pizza place

    One of the apartments above Mama Mia’s Restaurant & Pizzeria caught fire on Dec. 30.
    Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said no one was inside apartment No. 5 at the time of the fire.
    The resident had gone to work, he said. 
    “The fire started around the wall heating and air unit,” Gordon said. “No other residents had to be moved, and the business wasn’t damaged. It was due to the quick response.”

  • Unused shelter not a bad thing

    No one took advantage of a shelter for stranded motorists that was opened at Roane State Community College Monday night, but officials with the American Red Cross weren’t disappointed.
    “We never look at it as that’s too bad,” said Louie Keeling, mass care manager for the Red Cross. “We look at it as, well, that’s great that they didn’t need us.”
    The area was hit with a brief snow spell on Monday. Keeling said a series of accidents on Interstate 40 prompted the opening of the shelter. 

  • 31 winners in annual writing contest

    Thirty-one Roane County students received awards for their writing during the third annual Roane Writers Group student writing contest last month.

    Almost $5,000 in monetary awards were given to the students in grades 4-12.

    The event, attended by an estimated 200 people, was in Roane State Community College’s theater with Knoxville television personality Bill Landry as master of ceremonies.

  • Billy Hodges bringing solo act to Kingston’s Shiloh Baptist

    Well-known gospel tenor Billy Hodges will sing this weekend in Shiloh Baptist Church.

    Hodges, formerly with the Kingdom Heirs, the Dixie Echoes and the Florida Boys, will sing beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 in the church at 4242 Decatur Hwy.

    “I am excited about the opportunities that God has given me,” said Hodges, a native of rural West Tennessee who plans to present his solo act in select venues during 2012.

  • Church Calendar

    SATURDAY, JAN. 7
    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a tai chi class at 9 a.m. in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. A photography club will meet at 10. Call 376-6340 or visit www.bethelpcusa.org for details.

    SUNDAY, JAN. 8
    • Billy Hodges will sing at 6 p.m. in Shiloh Baptist Church at 4242 Decatur Hwy., Kingston.

  • Canon to help St. Andrew's mark event

    “The First Sunday After the Epiphany – The Baptism of our Lord” will be celebrated in a special way at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman on Jan. 8.

    The Rev. Canon Stephen Askew, canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, will be the celebrant at the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

    Jan. 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany, is one of the oldest of the Christian feasts. It commemorates the Three Kings’ journey to Bethlehem with their gifts.  

  • Youth Hoops
  • Sandhill Crane Festival set for Jan. 14-15

  • Oliver Springs lands 14 on All-District 4-A Team

    The 2011 football season was a great one for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Wiley Brackett’s squad made it all the way to the TSSAA Class AA semifinals before falling to eventual state champion, Friendship Christian School.

  • Blood tests to increase in DUIs

    Changes in state DUI law mean that police may be requesting more blood tests for suspected offenders.
    Mandatory testing is required for anyone with a prior drunken driving conviction, vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, involvement in a crash with injury or death to someone other than the suspected intoxicated driver and someone with a child younger than 16 in the vehicle.
    One detail that remains, however, is how those tests will be paid for.