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Today's News

  • Hospitalized judge to be back

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey was in good spirits Tuesday, despite being in the hospital.
    “My legs are horribly swollen, and I can’t even walk,” said Humphrey. “But I’m on blood thinners, and I’m keeping my legs elevated.”
    Humphrey was diagnosed with substantial blood clots.
     “I’m expected to fully recover,” he said.
    Humphrey said it was a kidney problem that originally landed him in the hospital.

  • Father/son rape case date set for March 10

    STAFF REPORTS
    The father and son accused of raping two teenage sisters waived arraignment in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday. A status hearing is set March 10, 2014.
    George William Miles Sr., also known as Will, faces six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. His son, George William Miles Jr., faces six counts of aggravated statutory rape. The alleged crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said the victims videotaped one of the episodes, and the evidence was taken to police.  

  • Airport work to begin soon

    T-hangar building construction at the Rockwood Municipal Airport may start in mid-winter next year.
    “Hopefully, we’ll get the concrete slabs poured before Christmas,” said Councilwoman Peggy Evans, a staunch advocate for the municipal-owned airport she says can be an economic boon for the city.
    Evans said if all goes well, actual construction can start in February, and in no time they can rent the buildings for airplanes and other storage.
    “Hopefully, if we can keep this going, it will be self-supporting,” Evans said.

  • Relive the past at Fort Loudoun State Park

    Fort Loudoun State Historic Park will come back to life on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, as the park hosts Garrison Weekend, the park’s annual two-day history re-enactment.
    The event is free and open to the public, with educational opportunities and family-friendly activities being offered at 10 a.m. each day, ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
    A “roll call” summoning re-enactment soldiers to their posts, just as it would have been done 250 years ago, signals the beginning of the living history weekend.

  • TVA touts Windrock turbines

    Wind power is an important part of power generation for TVA.
    In fact, officials say, wind is responsible for much of the renewable energy in the federal agency’s Green Power Switch program, which allows customers to purchase a block of renewable energy each month for $4.

    TVA recently conducted tours of its wind farm outside Oliver Springs to emphasize how important the program is to the region.

  • GUEST OPINION: Return of student newspapers is a class act

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment
    When does a blatant, criminal act of outright theft produce a good result — and an educational experience as well — in terms of the First Amendment?

    Apparently, such good result came about at Concordia College, a liberal arts college of 2,500 students, in Moorhead, Minn., just across the Red River from Fargo, N.D.

    Even though as a private school it’s not subject to those 45 words in the manner of a public institution, administrators clearly stand behind a free press.

  • KINGSTON: Fort complex evolving

     

    The sound of hammers rang out at Fort Southwest Point under picture-perfect skies last week.

    At the officers barracks, Kingston parks employee Ken Inmon and volunteer David Sizemore worked to repair leaks in the porch roof, tearing away old cedar shake shingles and nailing down replacements.

    At the leather and tack shop, volunteers Dan Harp and Charles Armstrong worked on new construction — mortar and block to create the foundation for a chimney.

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  • TWFC sets fishing regulations

     

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the state’s 2014-15 sport fish regulations during its October meeting at the Meadowview Conference Center.

  • ACAC swimmers compete in Pigeon Forge

     

    By CHIP FISCHER

    Special to the News

    Swimming is not high school football, but the Atomic City Aquatic Club swimmers sure kicked the ball through the proverbial goalposts at the 2013 SAC Fall Kickoff in Pigeon Forge.