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Today's News

  • Harriman youth sign-up dates

    Sign-ups for youth football and cheerleading in Harriman will take place until Thursday, July 28 at the Harriman Community Center.

    The sign-ups are for ages 4-11 and coaches are also asked to sign-up during this period. 

  • KOC youth sign-up dates

    The Kingston Optimist Club (KOC) football and cheerleading sign-ups for children 4-12 (as of Aug. 1) will be held every Saturday between now and Aug. 1 at the Cherokee Middle School ball field between 9 a.m. and noon. 

  • Golf tourney set for July 30

    Emory Golf and Country Club in Harriman will be hosting the Red, White and Blue Tournament on Saturday, July 30 beginning at 9 a.m.

    The tournament will be 27 holes and feature a swat format.

  • Senior Bowlers of the Month
  • AAA Jackets advance to state

    The Kingston AAA All-Stars didn’t come home with the Dixie Youth District 8 AAA championship, but the Jackets did accomplish enough during their four tournament games to secure a spot in next weekend’s Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament in Mount Pleasant.

  • Kingston focuses on unkempt property

    Kingston resident Jack Muecke has made his disdain for overgrown lots, unmaintained homes and other eyesores well known to local authorities.

    The longtime resident, whose family name and roots go back to the early days of Kingston, may see some improvement soon.

    City officials recently launched legal proceedings to raze an empty house at 514 Spring St.  just across from Roane County High School.

    Until a few years ago, the house was locally renowned for its tall, manicured hedges and overall tidiness.

  • Industrial development budget explained

    Former Roane County executive GeraldLargen has questioned the $2.5 million for industrial development in the 2011-12 county budget.

    “Do you wonder just exactly what we are going to get for this multi-million dollar expenditure of our tax money?” Largen asked in his recent Lick Skillet column that appears weekly in the Roane County News.

    On Tuesday, current Roane County Executive Ron Woody provided some answers about where the money comes from and where it goes.

  • Lawyer may appeal foreclosure decision

    Kingston attorney Dick Evans said he’s considering filing an appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court over a decision made by the Court of Appeals.

    The appeals court ruled that a notice of foreclosure can be printed in a newspaper that is not located in the county where the foreclosure sale is taking place.

    Evans represented Earl and Irinia Thacker in their lawsuit against Shapiro & Kirsch LLP.

    The Thackers owned property in Roane County that Shapiro & Kirsch hawked at a foreclosure sale on March 8, 2007.

  • Ambulance rate hike considered

    Ambulance service could cost more in the future.

    Roane County officials are considering increasing the rates.  

    “We’re waiting on some stuff from Medicare,” County Commission Chairman James Brummett said during a recent public meeting. “Soon as we get this there will be a meeting and then I think there will be a recommendation to raise rates.”

    Commissioners have gone down this road once already this year.

    A resolution to increase the rates failed 8-7 in February.  

  • Audit: No accounting problems found with area drug task force

    Auditors found no problems in their recent review of the Ninth Judicial District Drug Task Force, which includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    The review was conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Division of County Audit.

    “Obviously we’re glad,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Not having audit findings is something Johnson, who is over the task force, has emphasized since he took office in 2006.