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Today's News

  • Kingston runs streak to 20

    It wasn’t pretty at times, but Blair Harrison’s Kingston Yellow Jackets ran their season record to 2-0 Friday night with a 42-0 victory over Harriman. 

  • Plaintiffs beat TVA

    A federal judge has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and against TVA in litigation over the ash spill that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    “Specific nondiscretionary conduct on the part of TVA caused the failure of the coal ash containment dike at TVA’s KIF (Kingston Fossil Plant) on Dec. 22, 2008, and that, but for the nondiscretionary conduct described above, the dike failure would not have occurred,” U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan determined.

  • New city hall a dream come true

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Several onlookers remarked that it was “a good day for the city.”
    Longtime City Councilman Don White called it “all my dreams come true, right here,” adding that “we’ve got everything we need in place now.”
    And Mayor Troy Beets grandly pronounced it “a very historic day in Kingston.”
    They were all referring to the Aug. 21 closing on the Kingston Medical Plaza in Ladd Landing, soon to be transformed into Kingston’s new City Hall.

  • McClure DUI court date put off again

    The appearance of Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure on a DUI charge in Roane County General Sessions Court has been rescheduled again, this time to Monday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m.
    He was originally set to appear June 11, but that was rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 20.
    His attorney, Tom McFarland, was not reached for comment by press time.
    The general sessions affidavit said McClure was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Morning darkness a good time to reflect

    It’s that time of year again when, as the days grow shorter, it is easy to wake before dawn. Today I have.
    I used to hate those mornings in my pre-coffee days. Now, staring into a mug of darkness as black as the scene outside my windows, I’m more reflective. I sip, and I think.
    This morning, I’m listening to James Taylor’s Carolina in My Mind, an old standby; a love song for a place.
    Taylor is a kind soul, and his gentle voice leaves me wistful but not sad.

  • 'Pastors retire; preachers don't': Kelley, 86, still sharing God’s Word in Rockwood

    Exactly 45 years after his first sermon at Clymersville Baptist, members of Charles Kelley’s congregation gathered to wish him a happy 86th birthday and recognize four decades of service to the Rockwood church.

    Kelley preached his first sermon there on Aug. 13, 1967, when Clymersville was a mission of Rockwood First Baptist Church. Back then, there were nine members in the congregation. Today, Clymersville Baptist has around 300 members.

  • Roane teachers asked to enter Extreme Classroom Makeover

    For the fifth year, Oak Ridge Associated Universities will award an Extreme Classroom Makeover to an East Tennessee school teacher.

    The award provides $25,000 worth of the latest educational technologies, training and/or support.

    Teachers interested in competing must file their intent to apply no later than Sept. 7.

    This year, in an effort to increase eligibility, qualifying grades have been changed to include grades 3-10 public school math and science teachers and within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge.

  • Time for Music and Melons at Harriman Riverfront Park

    The annual Music and Melons celebration, presented by Babahatchie Community Band and Harriman Lions Club, will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Harriman Lions Club members will slice and distribute free slices of cold watermelon against a backdrop of Americana-defining music performed in Sunday afternoon concert style by the Babahatchie Community Band.

    Concert admission and watermelon are free.

  • OUR OPINION: Lee should step down from Rockwood board

    Roane County businessman William Edward “Eddie” Lee, who recently pleaded guilty to more than $280,000 in sales tax evasion, should step down from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board,

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts described Lee, the owner of a few convenience stores and tobacco shops, as a fine fellow.

    Watts said he did not know how Lee’s plea would affect his seat on the board.

    All we know is Lee was keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have gone to the government for himself.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: The election will be referendum on Medicare

    Gentle reader, as we were recently reviewing our notes for possible articles, which we drew up some several weeks ago, we found that we had written this: Should we have a great national referendum on the question of whether we want to continue with the Social Security programme and the Medicare programme?