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Today's News

  • Gavin Lee Young

    Gavin Lee Young will celebrate his first birthday on Feb. 23.

    He is the son of Ashley Giles and Jesse Young.

    Grandmother is Teresa Johnson.

  • OUR OPINION: Aytes marriage to employee is, indeed, conflict

    The selection of Gary Aytes as Roane County Schools director has been welcomed by many — and rightly so.

    At a time when funding and teachers’ employment issues have caused tension elsewhere, he has boosted morale among teachers and parents in Roane County.

    Aytes also has found love along the way.

    At a school board meeting last month, Aytes was congratulated on his recent marriage to Glenna Treece, a well-respected former Midtown Elementary School principal who now works as the school system’s parent involvement coordinator.

  • Celebrity protection unnecessary, harmful

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    It’s open season on paparazzi in celebrity-laden states as legislatures gear up to protect the rich and famous.

    Most recently, the Hawaii legislature was so grateful that Aerosmith singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler purchased a home on Maui that it named an anti-paparazzi bill after him.

  • Patient transfer to new hospital smooth affair

    Six of Roane County’s eight ambulances were parked on Harriman’s Devonia Street Sunday morning — but not because of any emergency.

    The gathering was due to the closing of the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman and the transfer of patients to the new facility in Midtown.

    “We’ve been planning this for over a month,” Roane County ambulance director Howie Rose said about the patient transfer. “We’ve had weekly meetings with the hospital to get ready for this.”

  • Boat races to return to city’s July 4th events

    It’s official: boat racing has been fast-tracked to return to Kingston for the summer holiday season.

    Kingston Parks and Recreation director Rick Ross told Kingston City Council members that the American Power Boat Association has signed on to hold its pro-class championship races in Kingston July 2-4.

    Kingston has hosted drag boat racing events over the July 4 holiday in recent years. But this will be the first time in 18 years that the city has hosted oval track-style boat racing.

  • Kingston to educate kids about fires

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon is organizing the department’s  annual fire safety and prevention program.

    More than 1,000 children, from ages 4-12, will receive fire prevention materials such as, manuals, badges, posters and handouts geared to their age level.

    The materials will be discussed in class at Kingston Elementary and Calvary Baptist School and daycare facilities, Head Start and the other pre-K schools throughout the area.

  • Devils extend season with win

    The Harriman Blue Devils kept their postseason aspirations alive on the strength of a 21-0 third period to provide enough of a comfortable lead to cruise to the 56-45 win over the Berean Christian Eagles on Friday night in the opening round of the District 3-A Tournament. 

  • Midway cruises past Tellico Plains in tourney opener, 61-42

    After two tight, tense games during the regular season, it was really unexpected when the Midway Green Wave routed Tellico Plains. 61-42. in the first round of the District 3-A Tournament at Midway. 

    Midway won at home in the regular season by two points while dropping a one point decision at Tellico Plains.

  • Napier tabbed honorable mention All-American

    The 2013 high school baseball season is nearly here and PRO-DAY Baseball announced that Rockwood’s Tavin Napier has been selected to the 2013 Pre-Season Prep Gear/PRO-DAY Baseball Honorable Mention Team All-American. 

  • Jackets miss out on district finals

    After playing overtime the night before, and then having to face the district’s No. 1 seed in Stone Memorial, the Kingston Yellow Jackets tried to slow the pace in an effort to knock off the Panthers in Saturday’s District 4-AA semifinals. The tactic worked somwehat as Kingston stayed within striking distance for three quarters, but the Panthers would eventually pull away for a 32-16 victory.