Today's News

  • Accusations traded over property

    One of Teresa Kirkham’s Facebook friends may investigate if any wrongdoing occurred when she lowered an appraisal for Dr. Clary P. Foote.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has requested that Robert Lee, the general counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, “initiate a review or single parcel audit” on the appraisal of the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    Lee and Kirkham are friends on the Facebook social network.
    Foote purchased the building from First States Investors 4200 LLC in January for $280,500.

  • Deputy’s efforts help motorist in sinking car

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith helped a man escape an “almost” submerged vehicle Sunday morning.
    According to the sheriff’s office, Kingston and county officers responded to a 911 call about a man driving his car into the lake.
    While checking the old lake access at the end of Ferguson Lane, Smith observed a car about 60 feet out in the water.

  • Kingston wants refund from Tennessee

    The city of Kingston will ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation for a refund, or so city council members decided at a recent council session.
    Trouble is, no one knows how such a request will go over; the state doesn’t have a refund aisle, or a customer service desk, nor even a complaint department.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Road trips ought to include some leg stretching

    It’s the holiday season, and that means two things: Chances are you’ve been on the road and eating more than normal.
    I’m just as guilty as anyone else.
    Last weekend, Derek and I gathered with his siblings at his parents in Western Kentuucky.
    We brought snacks.
    They brought snacks.
    His sister made a yummy beef-and-cheese-laden tamale casserole for dinner, and his mother produced Key lime pie for dessert.

  • Church Calendar: Nov. 24-Dec. 1

    • Union Valley Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a gospel singing beginning at 7 p.m. Featured singers include Walking by Faith, Hallelujah Praise and the Praise Him Youth Choir. The church is on Windrock Road. Call Pastor Wayne Morgan at 435-4150 for details.

    • The Christmas Bazaar at Rockwood United Methodist Church will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with handmade gifts and crafts. The church is at 801 N. Kingston Ave. Call 354-0753 for details.

  • Paver brick prices dropped to honor vets

    Rockwood 2000 installed more than 400 engraved paver bricks for area veterans in the city's Homecoming Park at West Rockwood Street and Front Avenue.

    Its popularity has prompted the organization to again offer area veterans a discount on 8-by-8-inch paver bricks for Memory Lane, Rockwood 2000's ongoing project.

    This is a wonderful way to remember and recognize your loved ones who have served or are now serving in the armed forces," said project Chairman Maurice Greif.

  • ‘Nutcracker 2012’ helping shelter pets

    Those planning to attend next weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker 2012” are urged by staff and students of Arts in Motion  studios to open their hearts to help the county’s homeless pets.

    Members of the audience are asked to donate pet food prior to each performance in the O’Brien Theater of Roane State Community College’s main campus.

    Performances 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.

  • Midway honors those who served
  • OUR OPINION: Kingston solar farm is a sunny idea for the city

    Kingston city officials seem to have taken to heart some public relations advice that to counter the negative impact of the TVA ash spill, it should focus on rebranding itself as an environmentally sustainable community.

    They have made a number of efforts to improve their energy footprint in city buildings, but now they are considering a broader plan.

    The city is considering operating its own solar energy farm. The plan involves installing a collection of solar panels on city property on James Ferry Road.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We are thankful for the blessings of friendship

    Inasmuch as the elections are over, we feel free to look to other matters besides politics for a time, brief though it may be.

    One thing we have meant to write about for some time is the matter of the Harriman Hospital being converted to a V.A. hospital.

    We are highly favourable to this idea, and, despite the recent rejection, we think that it just might work, if the proponents of the idea will try to look at it from the viewpoint of the government officials who must ultimately make the final decision.