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Today's News

  • Fire calls keep officials busy

    A Kingston family lost its home in a Monday morning fire at 1109 Old N. Kentucky St.

    “It looks like it started in the front portion of the home,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon. “This guy lost everything in the house.”

    Gordon said nobody was home when the fire was called in at 4:45 a.m.  The home is owned by James King.

    Other recent Roane County fires includes a empty structure at 1765 Eureka Road last week.

  • Gallaher released after bond reduced

    Eric Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail on March 14 after the bond in his drug case was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000.

    Gallaher, 33, was arrested last month after being indicted for allegedly selling cocaine in a school zone.

    Defense attorney Donice Butler filed a motion to reduce his bond. She said $100,000 was excessive and not necessary.

  • Juniors can explore professions, win prizes at Career Day

    An estimated 475 high school juniors are poised to attend the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual High School Career Day on April 3.

    The students will have opportunities to explore various career options. The event provides a critical link between the classroom and the workplace so students can make informed educational and career choices.

  • Sex offender enters gun plea

    Convicted sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins pleaded guilty in his federal firearms case Tuesday.

    The plea came two weeks after he signed a deal with the government that calls for him to serve 10 years in federal prison.

  • Guilty verdict in Rocky Houston federal trial

    It took a jury of nine men and three women a little less than two hours Wednesday to return a guilty verdict in the federal firearms case against Rocky Joe Houston.

    Houston was remanded back into the custody of U.S. Marshals following the verdict finding him guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms.

    His sentencing hearing is set for June 26.

  • The Garden Gate: March is a whirlwind month of green and greenery

    The rollicking operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are full of songs that often come to mind. One that is especially timely right now begins, “Oh, the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la.”

    This is a busy month. There are all kinds of occasions and events that make it memorable. And all kinds of images come to mind, like lions and lambs, the bridge between seasons, the voice of the turtledove and, of course, the wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 19

    25 Years Ago

  • Red Cross unveils new flood app

    The American Red Cross is introducing a new flood app to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods.

    This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to area and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood.

    Content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on his mobile device.

    The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.

  • Coffee, climbing slated at Obed

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two free programs on April 5.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    Depending on participant interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Museum marking 65th anniversary

    The public is welcome to help celebrate the 65th anniversary of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge beginning at 2 p.m. March 19 in the museum lobby.

    The museum, originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy, shares its anniversry opening date — March 19, 1949 — with the gate opening of the 1940s Secret City of Oak Ridge and the birth of twin girls, Madeleine Leigh and Amanda Anne, to Bill and Audrey Tewes.