Today's News

  • Rockwood summer reading programs for kids, 'tweens' and teens

    Rockwood Public Library’s “Dig Into Reading!” summer reading program will explore all things underground as part of the 25th annual summer reading program in Tennessee libraries.

    “These programs are designed not only to encourage the individual reading habits of older kids, but also to inspire and delight preschoolers,” said Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs.

    The summer’s activities will start at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday June 12 through July 17.

  • DOE facilities bus tour to kick off for season

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Oak Ridge Facilities public bus tour begins June 3 and continues through Aug. 30.

    It offers visitors a first-hand look at the DOE’s Oak Ridge facilities and provides historical commentary on the transformation of the Oak Ridge Reservation during the past 70 years.

    The tour continues to be a focal point for tourists visiting the area. Since its inception in 1996, the DOE public tour program has attracted 29,000 visitors from all 50 states.

  • Early American Trade Fair set this weekend in Kingston

    The fourth annul Early American Celebration and Trade Fair, an event of Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point and Clinch River Long Rifles, will be June 1-2 at the fort.

    Historians, re-enactors, traders, crafters, artisans, storytellers and performers will be on site to showcase the 1740-1840 period in American history.

    Food vendors will be available.

  • Church Calendar: June 1-6

    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a tai chi class at 9 a.m. in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. A digital photography club will meet at 10. Call 376-6340 for details.


    • Faith Primitive Baptist Church, Harriman, will have its homecoming beginning at 11 a.m. Sufficient Grace will be the featured singers; lunch will be served after the service. The church is on State Street.

  • Puppeteers to open Kingston summer reading program

    Kingston Public Library’s “Dig Into Reading!” summer reading program kicks off at 1 p.m. June 5 with a special visit by puppeteers, who will tell children how to be safe this summer.

    Joining the puppeteers will be Kingston Police Department, who will do children’s IDs, and Kingston Fire Department.

    Barry Mitchell will bring his magic show to the library on June 12. Other activities include a dinosaur hunt on June 19 and a visit from National Park Service rangers on June 26.

  • ‘Nasty’ meth lab discovered

    One of the worst meth labs one law officer said he’s ever seen was discovered last week.

    William Drennan, a 48-year-old Oliver Springs man, was arrested last week for failing to appear in court.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said additional charges were pending against him because of a search warrant executed at his 116 Wheeler Lane residence. The home is in Hartland Estates subdivision.   

  • GUEST OPINION: Freedom to report requires another freedom

    First Amendment Center
    Freedom to report the news requires the freedom to gather it.

    In the months ahead, that basic concept — so central to the First Amendment’s protection of a free press — will also be at the heart of the ongoing debate over how far government officials may go in pursuit of those responsible for “leaking” classified information to journalists.

  • Noe-Phillips

    Don and Paula Noe of Oliver Springs announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christian Noe, to Jacob Phillips.

    He is the son of Jon and Renee Phillips of Ten Mile.

    The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. June 8 in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile. A reception will follow in the church’s reception hall.

    Invitations will be sent, but all relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston’s Morrison Hill Christian Church welcomed Dennis Mullen as its new pastor. A 1987 graduate of Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, he is a native of Glenmont, Ohio.

    10 Years Ago
    Roane County businessman Steve Kirkham was honored by the Harriman Economic Advisory Team for his contributions to the community. Kirkham, owner of area Rocky Top Markets, was cited as a member of Hooray for Harriman and the Roane County Industrial Development Board.

    Five Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: It’s easy to go bananas with such a variety of available fruit

    Bananas, as a food, are far older than recorded history. Their earliest home is believed to be the tropical regions of South Asia.

    The armies of Alexander the Great found bananas rowing abundantly in the valley of the Indus in 327 B.C. He learned that dried roots could be carried long distances and would then grown anywhere that the climate was suitable.