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Today's News

  • Family and Community Education Christmas Ideas Fair
  • New fire truck for Kingston?

    Kingston didn’t succeed the first time it applied for a grant for a brand new fire truck.

    True to the old adage, though, city officials aren’t afraid to try again.

    City Manager David Bolling told Kingston City Council members at the Nov. 12 council meeting that the city will put in for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (ATF), a grant administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help firefighters and other first responders obtain equipment, training, and other resources.

    The deadline for applying is early December.

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Court secrecy ruling chilling

    By ERIK SCHELZIG
    The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that “high government officials” can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.

  • GUEST OPINION: Anti-semitism rears ugly head, poisons society

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    Inside the First Amendment
    Americans have long needed a wake-up call about pernicious anti-Semitism that still poisons our society — and last week we got one.

    On the eve of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht — the violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place in Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938 — The New York Times published a chilling account of pervasive anti-Semitism in Pine Bush Central School District, located in a rural area 90 miles north of New York City.

  • Underage beer case bound over to grand jury

    The case against Jennifer Lynn Sawin, cited in January for allegedly selling beer to an underage informant at the Grill & Pub, was bound over to Roane County Criminal Court from sessions court earlier this month.

    The incident prompted the Roane County Beer Board to revoke the bar’s beer permit for a year.

    Sawin’s case was first scheduled to be taken up in general sessions court on Feb. 11, but it has been postponed repeatedly. The case was finally bound over on Nov. 4.  

  • Federal jury says 'guilty' in Leon Houston trial

    After hearing Leon Houston’s seething, expletive- and threat-riddled 15-minute phone call, a mostly female jury in Houston’s latest trial shifted uncomfortably in their seats.

    Perhaps that’s why, the next day, it took them less than two hours to find Houston guilty.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings told jurors Monday the case was over threats made by Houston to kill his former attorney James F. Logan.

  • Oliver Springs woman singing at Ryman

    Oliver Spring’s Janelle Arthur will be performing twice in coming weeks at the venerable Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

    The “American Idol” top five finalist will first perform the same night as Mel Tillis and Restless Heart on Nov. 29.

    She’ll perform at the same show as former “American Idol” season 4 winner Carrie Underwood on Dec. 13.

  • We're not that rich, county official says

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s uncovered more evidence that questions the school system’s ranking as the 14th wealthiest in the state.

    According to his research, 63 percent of Roane County students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
    That’s more than Anderson County (59 percent), Loudon County (59 percent), Alcoa City (54 percent), Oak Ridge City (45 precent) and Maryville City (35 percent).

  • Daycare pumpkin patch fun

    Rockwood's Kids Corner Daycare toddler and preschool classes took a recent walking field trip to the pumpkin patch at Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).