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Today's News

  • Flooding temporarily shuts down firehall

    Rockwood Fire Department’s Station No. 2 on South Kingston Avenue is temporarily closed after heavy rainwater came through the rear walls and flooded the building.
    A crack in the wall had water pouring through it, and water seeped in elsewhere.
    Even the firefighters’ living quarters were flooded during the heavy rainfall that fell over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
    Fire equipment was moved to Station No. 1, and the ambulance service moved to Midtown.

  • Man in police chase caught in Kingston

    A Tellico Plains man wanted on 22 charges stemming from a police chase was arrested in Kingston late Sunday night.
    The charges against Austin C. Burns included reckless endangerment, evading arrest, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
    “He stole a truck from his girlfriend’s mother,” Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said. “He ran from the deputies, ran from us, hit one of our cars, hit a van full of people up in Oak Ridge and then took off in the woods.”   

  • This Harriman budget comes without tax hike

    Harriman City Council approved final reading of its 2014 budget recently with no tax increase.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, however, for a second year, predicted one would be coming down the road.
    “I don’t know when our last increase in taxes was. I just want to give fair warning: It is coming. One day, there will be a tax increase,” Mason said.
    He even said that Treasurer Charles Kerley asks about raising taxes each year.
    “Wait, he didn’t say that,” Kerley quipped.

  • Kingston moves to pave Kentucky Street

    Kingston may have finally found a way to put its long-accumulating state highway funds to good use.
    Kingston City Council approved a measure at the July 9 full council meeting authorizing Mayor Troy Beets to apply to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for permission to use more than $300,000 in Surface Transportation Program funds — state funds municipalities receive annually, and which Kingston has been saving for three years now — to pave Kentucky Street.
    There’s a hitch in using STP funds, however.

  • CASA making plans for training session

    Two young out-of-state children are abandoned in Tennessee by their mother.

    How will they get reconnected to responsible kin and a permanent home?

    A young teen, twice betrayed by a sexually-abusive family, must testify against her tormentors.

    From whom will she get emotional support? To whom will she confide the hopeful news of a potential adoption?

    An infant born to a pill-addicted mother is himself addicted and must suffer the pains of withdrawal.

  • Look Back: Something From Our Files From the Week of July 17

    25 Years Ago
    Roane State Community College students, faculty and staff were introduced to Sherry Hoppe, the college’s interim president. Hoppe took the reins from Cuyler Dunbar, the college’s founding president who accepted the lead role at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. “I hope to continue being responsive to the community needs — to continue the tradition that Mr. Dunbar has set,” said Hoppe, whose stint at the college was said to be anywhere from six months to a year.

  • Second Chance clinic helps Roane pets

    Canines of all breeds, shapes and sizes accompanied their owners to Roane County Park late last month for a special clinic courtesy of Second Chance K-9 Rescue.

    Vaccinations for rabies and distemper/parvo were offered, and animals could also be tested for heart worm or feline leukemia.

    The clinic was in conjunction with Prevent A Litter Connection Inc.

  • Roane Choral recipient of state arts grant

    Roane Choral Society has been awarded a $4,100 grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

    The $4,100 grant is made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

    “This is a very fine performing arts group,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    “I am very pleased this grant has been awarded for this purpose.”

  • Kingston gets kudos for progress

    Big projects in small towns are often a sign dedication and teamwork are at play — and the city of Kingston has been cited as a shining example.

    As good stewards of grant funding, the city is advancing toward economically sound development in the areas of energy, the environment, water source delivery, recreation and services, ensuring citizens reap the savings and benefits for years to come.

    The city’s drive to move ahead has earned it the Tennessee Municipal League’s Small City Progress Award.

  • The Garden Gate: Thyme is on our side, and has been for ages

    Thyme is one of the most popular herbs used in food preparation and medicine. It is interesting to note that it has been thus for many thousands of years.

    Thyme is native to most of Europe. It grows wild from Spain to Siberia, especially in the Alpine regions. It came to this country with our earliest settlers and now grows wild in many states. It is the most prolific herb to be found growing wild in the northern regions of the Catskill Mountains.