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Today's News

  • Did you know?

    ... that famed naturalist and author John Muir passed through Kingston on Sept. 12, 1867, on his legendary walk to the Gulf of Mexico? He wrote about it:
    “Awoke drenched with mountain mist, which made a grand show, as it moved away before the hot sun. Passed Montgomery, a shabby village at the head of the east slope of the Cumberland Mountains. Obtained breakfast in a clean house and began the descent of the mountains. Obtained fine views of a wide, open country, and distant flanking ridges and spurs.

  • Rattled in Boston

    Local runner Tara Stockton was more focused on enjoying the Boston Marathon than finishing the race in a certain time.

    “I literally was just soaking all of it in,” she said.

    That turned out to be a good thing for the Harriman resident.
    On Monday, two bombs exploded near the finish line at the 4-hour, 9-minute mark of the marathon.

    At least three people were killed and more than 170 people wounded at the scene of carnage.

  • OLIVER SPRINGS PULLS FOR JANELLE

     

    In Oliver Springs, all signs point to Janelle Arthur as the next “American Idol” winner. Go to Page 7 to see how the town is actively supporting the beautiful and talented country music singer from its midst.

  • Pinkerton goodbyes begin

    Kingston City Council members said their goodbyes to longtime City Manager Jim Pinkerton at his last official council meeting, each in his own special way.

    Then they set about appointing another city stalwart to fill his shoes until a permanent replacement is chosen.

    “I’m going to miss not coming down to City Hall to give you a hard time,” said Councilman Norm Sugarman.

    “So long, Pumpkin,” Councilman Kevin McClure added with a broad grin.
    Pinkerton sat quietly, smiling.

  • More meth-making arrests in county

    Alleged methamphetamine-making has Christopher Ryan Jenkins facing more drug charges.

    According to an arrest report, Rockwood police received information on April 10 that Jenkins was  making meth at 516 A W. Baldwin St. Police said they found him and Ashleigh Samantha Hargis in a bedroom when they showed up.

  • Scam over deeds continues

    Roane County Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said scammers are still trying to con property owners into thinking they need to pay a big fee in order to get a copy of their deed.  

    “It’s all over the state of Tennessee they’re doing this,” she said.

    She issued a warning about the scam last year, but wanted to give another because it’s still going on.

    The scammers mail property owners a letter asking them to send money to a local records office to get a copy of their deed.

  • Frisbees, robots, kids ... oh my!

    When Roane County High School started a robotics team this year, the notion of going to the international competition wasn’t even a thought.

    However, that is just what Full Metal Jackets will be doing when they leave for St. Louis April 23 for the world championship.  

    “There will be 400 teams competing,” said Cynthia Holmes.

  • Saturday mail delivery to continue

    Saturday mail delivery looks like it will continue in Roane County along with the rest of the country.

    Earlier this year the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to start a Monday-through-Friday delivery schedule for mail starting in August.

    Those plans have been scuttled because of the continuing resolution recently passed by Congress, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors last week. The continuing resolution funds the government.

  • Big inning sparks big win for OS

    Sometimes all it takes is one inning to decide the outcome of a game.

    That was the case Monday evening as Oliver Springs used a 12-run fourh inning to erase a 5-1 deficit and knock off visiting Coalfield, 14-10.

  • Works, Randolph deliver for Devils in win

    In a game of great importance to both teams, the Harriman Blue Devils picked up a 3-0 victory over the Midway Green Wave in a District 3-A game played at Paper Maker Field Monday evening.

    “This game puts us in third place and now we’ve got to keep going,” Harriman’s Chris Works said following the victory.