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Today's News

  • Kingston budget committee official

    Kingston City Council members will have extra insight into city budget matters throughout the fiscal year after they passed an ordinance establishing a financial review committee.
    According to Mayor Troy Beets, the committee will have no decision-making power, but will act as a liaison between council and city financial planners. The committee will consist of two council members, the city manager, the city budget officer, plus an administrative employee.

  • Government responds to Rocky Houston motion to dismiss

    The government has responded to Rocky Houston’s motion that requests dismissal of his federal indictment on felon in possession of firearms charges.
    Houston contends that’s an appropriate action because thanks to a pending appeal, he wasn’t prohibited from possessing guns when the indictment was filed on Jan. 15.
    Not so, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings in the response filed last week.

  • Former UT chief welcomed to RSCC foundation

    Former University of Tennessee President Joe Johnson has been named to the board of directors for the Roane State Community College Foundation.
    “We are honored to welcome Dr. Johnson to our board,” said Paul Phillips, executive director of the Roane State Foundation. “Having a board member with his expertise and distinguished record in higher education will be a great benefit to the college.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Good trip to Western Ky., better to be home

    Last weekend, I made my annual autumn trip to Western Kentucky.
    By the time I reached Owensboro, an Ohio River town close to my father’s roots, it was late afternoon.

    My longtime friend Greta was comfortably seated in an Adirondack chair on the covered side porch, busily working on an editing project and sipping tea. A light breeze rustled the branches of a crape myrtle beside the porch, gently sifting the light and shadow that played on the wall beside Greta.

  • New naturalized citizen likes Roane County fit

    When Marc Duvivier came to America for his best friend’s wedding, he didn’t know he’d be meeting his future wife and finding where he belonged.
    Marc Duvivier recently cemented his commitment to wife Mary Belle and his new country when he was sworn in as a United States citizen late last month after years of having a green card.

    “I’m proud he’s an American,” Mary Belle Duvivier said, beaming.
    “And I am too,” Marc Duvivier said.

  • Admissions reps from Tenn. Tech to be at RSCC

    Fly with other astronauts to the space station. Reintroduce endangered species to their natural habitats. Develop new methods to teach and lead a classroom.

    All this and more awaits students planning to attend Tennessee Technological University.

    Tennessee Tech admissions representatives will be available in Roane County on two occasions next month.

    They will be at Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 2.

  • Blessing of the Animals Oct. 6 at St. Andrew’s

    St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harriman will open its doors and grounds to the public next month for its fourth annual Blessing of the Animals.

    The event will start at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the church at 190 Circle Drive in the West Hills area.

    St. Andrew’s is joining churches across the country and around the world in this custom.

    “It is a simple tradition, but it brings comfort to many,” said the Rev. Harry Howard, priest in charge at St. Andrew’s.

  • Harriman’s Darden to be guest minister at Swan Pond

    Swan Pond United Methodist Church, Harriman, will present Jim Darden as guest minister, with church service beginning at 10 a.m. Sept.
    22.

    He will deliver the message through song and music.

    Darden has been on the program with names such as The Cathedrals, Oak Ridge Boys, Florida Boys and The Statesmen.

    Now at home in Harriman, he has recorded five CDs and a video and has traveled to most states and Canada.

    A love offering will be taken during the service to support J.D. Ministries.

  • Dudley Evans Singers Reunion set

    The 24th annual Dudley Evans Singers reunion this weekend at Roane County Park, Midtown, will include a number of area favorite groups for the two-day event.

    Music starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 includes The Freemans from Nashville.

    Music starting at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 includes Heirline from Chattanooga.

    The Evans Family will perform and host the weekend event.

    Other guest singers include Crimson River, Gracesong, Chattanooga’s The Southland Quartet, Dave Raby and others.

  • Tennessee adopting 2nd equivalency test in 2014

    Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, out-of-school youth and adults who are pursuing a high-school equivalency credential will have another test option to improve their earnings potential.

    Tennesseans will have a choice of taking either the new 2014 GED test or an alternative high school equivalency test designed by Educational Testing Services called HiSET.

    Tennessee is one of several states that are adopting the new test due to changes in the GED Exam.

    Beginning in January 2014, the new GED test will only be offered via computer.