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Today's News

  • Lady Tigers off to 2-0 start

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers opened the 2014 softball season by rolling to a pair of impressive victories over Oakdale on Monday and Tuesday.

    Guy Thompson’s squad hosted the Lady Eagles on Monday and picked up a 13-0 victory. On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers traveled to Oakdale and the result was a 15-1 victory.

    Monday’s Game

  • The Garden Gate: Ashen mark a reminder of Genesis Scripture

    Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study preceding the joyousness of Easter.

    Historically, evidence from the writings of the early Christian church tells us that Easter was originally celebrated in conjunction with the Jewish Passover.

    In addition to Scripture references, this combining of observances points to the Christian observance of the “Pasha” (Passover-Easter) through fasting, prayer and study.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 12

    25 Years Ago

  • Girl Scouts want to reconnect with ex-troop members

    The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians is looking to reconnect with former Girl Scouts.

    “We know there is a strong network of local women who are former Girl Scouts,” said Booth Kammann, CEO for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. “We want to reconnect with those women and provide them opportunities to tell their stories and become involved in shaping the lives of our future women leaders.”

  • More Tennesseans e-filing tax returns

    With five weeks left before the April 15 tax filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reports that Tennesseans are e-filing tax returns in record numbers.

    Through March 7, the IRS has received nearly 1.469 million electronic returns from Tennesseans, an increase of 3.8 percent over last year at this time.

    But the largest increase is in the number of taxpayers filing from their own computers. Nearly 712,000 Tennessee filers have e-filed self-prepared returns, an increase of 9.8 percent over last year at this time.

  • Yager sponsors bridge repair grant legislation

    Legislation that would return millions of dollars to taxpayers in the form of bridge infrastructure improvements was approved last week by the Tennessee Senate Transportation Committee.

    The County Bridge Relief Act of 2014, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, changes the way Tennessee manages its State Aid Bridge Grant Program to make it easier for communities to access state funds to upgrade, repair and rehabilitate bridges that have fallen into disrepair over the years.

  • TVA completes retaining wall at Kingston

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has achieved a significant milestone in its cleanup of the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant – the completion of an earthquake-resistant, underground retaining wall around the containment cell at the recovery site.

    The wall, which completely surrounds the 240-acre containment cell where recovered ash will be permanently stored, was completed on Feb. 20, almost a month ahead of schedule.

  • Ross in running for Miss Junior Teen

    Hannah Ross of Harriman is among those selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Junior Pre-Teen Knoxville/Chattanooga competition on March 16.

    A student at Roane County High School, Kingston, she is the daughter of Rusty and Angelia Ross.

    Grandparents are the late Bob and Betty Ross, and Keith and Paulette Ooten of Clinton.

    Ross took part in interview sessions with the pageant coordinator.

    The competition is open to ages 7-19 competing in modeling routines, including casual and formal wear.

  • Eastin Cade Sackett

    Eastin Cade Sackett was born at 1:52 a.m.

    Feb. 26 in Tennova Health Care Turkey Creek Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

    He is the son of Austin Trevor Sackett and Sabrina Taylor Stanley.

    Grandparents are Tammy and Todd Jones of Knoxville, Richard and Janiece Sackett of Lenoir City, and Sabrina “Denise” and Charles Stanley of Kingston.

  • Maggie Rose Richardson

    Maggie Rose Richardson celebrated her sixth birthday on March 8 with a Hello Kitty-themed party.

    She is the daughter of Cliff and Shauna Richardson of North Carolina.

    Grandparents are Jack and Diane Woolum of Kingston, the late Jerry Richardson of New York, and Michael and Kay Griffith of Mount Airy, N.C.

    Great-grandparents are the late J.D. and Mabel Waldrop of Kingston, the late Otis and Bessie Richardson, Anita Mosley of Mount Airy and the late James Mosley.