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Today's News

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Nov. 7-14:

    From Shellie Wallace, Shelly Marie Swafford and Richard Lynn Swafford to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation by trustee’s deed, Old Emory Road, $0.

    From Federal National Mortgage Association to John A. Caldwell, Kenna A. Caldwell and John Caldwell by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Poplar Creek Road, $124,750.

  • Ruppe heading up CASA board

    Becky Ruppe has been elected chairwoman of the board of directors of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

    She succeeds founding chairman Jack McNew, who passes the gavel in a ceremonious act.

    Ruppe is executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Board and serves on many boards in Morgan and Scott counties. She is a former Morgan County executive and served two terms on the Morgan County Board of Education.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 21

    25 Years Ago
    Shortly after moving to the area, Fred and Anne Walker of Kingston noticed candy canes hanging from a tall cedar tree between the Kingston and Lawnville exits of Interstate 40. When they didn’t see it the next year, they decided to decorate the tree themselves. Why do they do it? For the motorists – to make people smile, especially people far from home at Christmas. Friends and neighbors have been encouraging, and “no one has said we couldn’t do it.”

    10 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ortiz

    Nancy Banken Cloyd and Peter J. Ortiz were married on Nov. 11 in Riggs Chapel Baptist Church.

    Pastor Jimmy Banken officiated during the evening ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Odeen Banken, Harriman, and the late Robert Banken.

    The groom is the son of Mercedes Ortiz, Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the late Providencio Ortiz.

  • GUEST OPINION: Shoot straight: Kids can, too, pray at school

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    The latest attack on the “godless public schools” — a staple of Republican primaries past — is a new ad in Iowa by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign proclaiming there’s “something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

  • Don’t add e-waste to your landfills

    By STEVE SKURNAC
    Electronics are once again dominating holiday shopping lists this season.

    In fact, analysts with the Consumer Electronics Association predict shoppers will spend 6 percent more on electronics this year compared to last – or about $250 per consumer.

    And for every new laptop, tablet, phone, TV, gaming system and scores of other gadgets, an outdated device likely will be replaced. For those old electronics, the question is, “Now what?”

    First off, do not throw replaced electronics in the trash.

  • Noisy compression brakes get muffled by Kingston

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After some wheezing and squealing — much like the target of their legislation — Kingston Council members hope they’ve finally found a way to bring renegade jake brakes to a grinding halt.

    Council members passed an ordinance on second reading that regulates the use of the Jacobs Engine Brake, a braking system used in long-haul trucks, at last week’s city council meeting.

  • Harriman change allows dorms

    Dormitories and boarding houses may soon be allowed in Harriman’s C2  commercial zones.

    That includes the downtown area, which already has living quarters inside many buildings.

    Harriman City Council last week approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the change.

  • Christmas at Whitestone

    Chris Nance chops mint for curry Waldorf salad while cooking for an event at Whitestone Country Inn Monday afternoon. Decorations and the aroma of holiday food filled the atmosphere during the last week of Advent.

  • Rockwood’s Hines changing hats

    Not quite done in Rockwood, outgoing city recorder Jim Hines has already gotten some temporary work in another city.

    He’ll be filling in at Harriman, where he was building inspector at one time, while current building inspector Maria Nelson is out for surgery.

    Nelson is taking several weeks off for the recovery, and Mayor Chris Mason said she decided to do so without pay or using any sick time.

    “I advised her not to, but she is. She recommended we use Jim Hines to fill in for her,” Mason said.