Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Plants add festive touch to the holiday season

    Thanksgiving was fun. Its traditions, family gatherings, predictable menus and festive atmosphere are precious and a fitting introduction to several weeks of joyful anticipation and celebration.

    Christmas decorations are going up everywhere we look, and Christmas plants and flowers are making their appearance in stores, churches, public buildings and our houses.

    Tradition plays a large part here, too.

    Poinsettias, without which it would seem no holiday décor would be complete, are perhaps the most obvious.

  • Robbins turns 100

    Addie “Mac” Robbins will celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend.

    She will be honored with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 in Bethel Presbyterian Church fellowship hall at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

    No gifts are requested, but she loves cards.

  • Get in the holiday spirit with ‘The Nutcracker’

    Beautiful costumes, breathtaking scenery and a mostly Roane County cast performing to a Tchaikovsky soundtrack in Arts in Motion’s 2012 presentation of Roane County’s “The Nutcracker.”

    Performances in the O’Brien Theater on Roane State Community College’s main campus are scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

    School performances will start at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 29.

    Tickets are $18 per person and are available at the door or by reservation by calling 376-0295.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 28

    25 Years Ago
    Dr. Robert Booher, a specialist in addictionology at Mountain View Recovery Center in Maryville, presented the Roane County Task Force Against Drug Abuse with the newest research data. “Chemical dependency, in the form of alcoholism or as an addiction to any other type of mood-altering drug, is a primary medical disease,” he said. Once the addict and his family understand the disease concept, hope can be regained; treatment can be sought; and recovery can begin.

    10 Years Ago

  • General Sessions Court: Sept. 13-17, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 13 — Larry W. Ashburn, theft of property $500-$1,000, criminal simulation. Recalled arrest process.

    • Freda L. Oldham, financial responsibility law, speeding. Traffic tickets paid in full.

    • Veronica L. Leon, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Clarence E. Summers, seat belt 18 and older. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Property Transfers: Sept. 11-28, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Sept. 11-28:

    • From Jean Daniels Evans and Elizabeth Jean Evans to John Michael Evans by deed, Dist. 3, 2 tracts Euclid Avenue, $0.

    • From Chad L. Galyon to Chad L. Galyon and Brittany M. Galyon by deed, Dist. 5, 2.3 acres, Bradshaw Hollow Road, $0.

    • From Drucilla S. McCarroll, Alvin W. McCarroll Estate and Drucilla McCarroll to Glenda Newcome, Kim Jackson and Robbie Mee by warranty deed, Dist. 1, 2 tracts, $10,000.

  • GUEST OPINION: First Amendment gives us much to be thankful for

    First Amendment Center
    Last week, at a time in which Americans traditionally give thanks, two incidents beyond our shores remind us not to take freedom of expression for granted.

    In China, Zhai Xiaobing’s tweet on Nov. 5 jokingly linking a popular horror movie to the Nov. 8 Communist Party congress led to his arrest on charges of supporting terrorism.

    His tweet, which said “An earthshaking debut will be seen at the global premiere on Nov. 8!,” was apparently a reference to the Great Hall of the People.

  • Senate attack dogs might need to watch wheels

    There’s a curvy shaded lane that leads to the entry of the subdivision where I live.

    Two brindle cur dogs have prowled a particular curve where I must slow down to safely drive through.

    For two years these mutts have crouched in the ditch, camouflaged by their colors, ears laid back and eyes just above the ditch line.

    When they think I have exposed my flank, they attack the cars wheels, snapping and snarling as though to tear them apart.

  • Congress needs to read, think, collaborate

    Center of Congress
    An intriguing conversation about the next step in the fiscal drama is taking place among our elected leaders.

    At this early point it is mostly at an exploratory level, but it’s no less real for that.

    A day after an election in which a changing electorate essentially cemented the status quo in place — re-electing the president and keeping Congress split between the two parties — the stock market swooned.

  • Habitat winds down work on house No. 33

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of a new home at a cul-de-sac on Fisher Street in Kingston.

    Construction began in late spring and is expected to conclude in early 2013 on the project, which will be the 33rd Habitat house built in Roane County since 1992.

    Seven of the homes, including the latest dwelling, are in the same neighborhood near Roane County High School.