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Today's News

  • Fire burns Harriman house

    A Harriman fire Friday night heavily damaged aresidential home that was being prepared for occupation.
    Harriman firefighters were called to 516 Henderson St. around 10:30 p.m. and fought the fire while neighbors watched from their yards.
    At one point — before Harriman Utility Board crews shut off the electricity — a live line to the home was a concern.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said it appears the fire started somewhere in the rear of the home.

  • Kingston may widen liquor base

    Kingston Council took the first step in opening the city’s retail liquor business to competition from all comers at its October meeting, but not without a rare note of dissent.
    Councilman Kevin McClure spoke out prior to the first reading of an ordinance that would alter an existing city ordinance that limits retail liquor sales to individuals who live in Kingston.
    If the ordinance passes on an eventual second reading, eligible business interests from outside the city would become eligible to open liquor stores here.

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  • Good food, holiday themes in store during FCE’s Christmas Ideas Fair

    Have a home-cooked meal and get some fun decorating and gift ideas during the annual Christmas Ideas Fair.

    The event of the Family and Community Education Clubs of Roane County will be Nov. 3-4 in Kingston Community Center.

    Thursday hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours on Friday will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available both days, with dinner available on Thursday until 6:30 p.m.

    Homemade goodies, sales table and a silent auction are among the attractions.

  • The Garden Gate: Is the madness ready to begin?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    As November approaches, remember that the 11th month of the year is known as the Mad month in the American Indian calendar. That’s when anything can happen and usually does.

    Our annual Halloween celebration is an offshoot of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

    On that night, the ancients believed, the spirits of all those who had died during the previous year would come back to haunt those still living.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 26

    25 Years Ago
    The Federal Highway Administration gave approval to a proposed interstate exchange on Interstate 40 for the Rockwood Municipal Airport. State Rep. Jim Henry, R-Kingston, called the airport “one of the most underused assets we have simply because there has not been good access to the facility.” Approval could mean construction would begin in 1988.

    10 Years Ago

  • Cloyd-Ortiz

    Odeen Banken announces the forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Nancy Banken Cloyd, to Peter Junior Ortiz.

    He is the son of Mercedes Ortiz of Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the late Providencio Ortiz.

    The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Riggs Chapel Baptist Church, Harriman.

    A reception will follow at The Gibson Girls, Kingston.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

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  • Rest in ... pieces
  • Scarfin’ up the biz

    Some people put up neighborhood lemonade stands.
    Claudia Brown sells crocheted scarves from her yard in Kingston.
    On nice days, Brown can be seen in her yard at 507 Race St., sitting in a lawn chair and making more scarves while traffic hums by.
    A basketful of her wares holds an array of colors, but the University of Tennessee orange-and-white ones are a good guess for best sellers.