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Today's News

  • Venue change sought in Houston lawsuit

    The attorney for Pat Brown has asked Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars to order a change of venue for the upcoming civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.
    Brown’s son Mike was on a ride-along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones when both men died in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.
    Brown is suing the Houstons for $5 million. The case is set for trial April 16 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • Meeting set on director of schools search

    The Roane County Board of Education will hold a community meeting on Thursday at Harriman High School to get public input on its search for a new director of schools.
    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. It is the only community meeting that has been planned in the director’s search. Turnout could dictate whether another one is scheduled. 

  • E-911 visit satisfies official

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    When Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks went before Kingston City Council in January to discuss rate increases in the coming years, some council members looked ready to dial for help themselves.
    So Councilman John Byrkit paid a visit to the 911 Center and took careful stock of the operation, and of Hooks’ plans for its future.

  • College center serves meals, souls

    Depending on the day, a walk in the door at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry building near Roane State Community College can lead one to many things: conversing about God while sitting on the couches in the lobby or eating warm food from local churches.
    “Everyone’s welcome here, and come as you are,” said Amy Weaver, who works with BCM. “You don’t have to be Baptist to come here. Everyone’s welcome to come here, and it’s a great place to come study and hang out.”

  • Rehab grants to help in Harriman

    Some home improvement projects will be getting started this summer thanks to the $250,000 in home grants the city of Harriman got last year.
    Officials with Brown Pearman Russell LLC, the independent agency handling the process, said the city would do as many homes as it could with the funds from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency 2011 home program grant award.

  • The Garden Gate: Dowsing’s a divine art with nature’s witch hazel

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Is it possible that you are a dowser or, as dowsers are sometimes called, a water witch?

    Dowsing is an ancient craft using branches of the witch hazel or willow tree to locate the presence of underground water. The dowser holds a wishbone-shaped, forked branch straight out before him and walks up and down, back and forth, over the terrain where he hopes to find a water source and construct a well.

    Not everyone has this ability. Perhaps you do.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 29

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Utility Board passed sewer rate increases that hiked business rates as much as 395 percent and residential user rates about 60 percent. The increase was necessary to fund construction of a state-mandated new wastewater treatment facility.

    10 Years Ago

  • Tuskegee Airman pride of OS

    By Julia Hopper Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    Samuel William Harper, president of the Knoxville College class of 1942, made a farewell speech entitled, “Looking Back with Chins Up,” on May 25, 1942.

    “The class of ‘42 will scatter after this day and will embark in various professions,” he said. “Some of us will be immediately united with our brothers in the armed forces of the nation, others will teach, and others will continue in graduate work.”

  • Charles takes heart in cardiac rehab

    Tommy Charles never imagined he’d entertain the same bad habit he’d seen consume his father’s life — and even contribute to his death.

    But three packs of cigarettes a day and one heart attack later, Charles “got like Dad.”

    At 55 years old, Charles’ father died from a heart attack. He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and was overweight and inactive.

    At 46, only nine years younger than the age his father died, Charles himself suffered a heart attack.

  • United Way to cap off its year

    Roane County United Way will have its annual meeting and campaign celebration next month.

    The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 29 in Michael Dunn Center’s conference meeting room at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    “This event is always a special time to thank our donors, volunteers and agencies who are at the heart of the Roane County United Way,” said Amy Harmon, executive director.

    Roane County United Way surpassed its $400,000 fundraising goal for 2011.