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Today's News

  • Snodgrass taking reins at Rockwood Presbyterian

    Rockwood Presbyterian Church welcomes a new minister to the pulpit on Feb. 26.

    Charles Snodgrass officially began his ministry with the 140-year-old church on Jan. 1, but he will be installed and ordained as minister at a special service at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the church at 429 W. Rockwood St.

    A reception in the church’s fellowship hall will follow the service. The community is welcome to attend.

  • Jones marks 35 years as Harriman Baptist Tabernacle pastor

    The congregation of Harriman Baptist Tabernacle will celebrate Pastor James F. Jr. and Sandra Jones’ 35th year of serving the church with a special service on Feb. 26.

    David C. Gibbs Jr., president of the Christian Law Association, will be the guest speaker for the service, which starts at 11 a.m.

    The church is at 1420 Old Roane St.

  • Midway event has more than reading

    Midway Elementary School’s next Family Reading Night is March 8.

    The event, coordinated by school librarian Karen Buehler, promotes reading by parents or caregivers with children. Past attendance has ranged from 80-199 adults and children, and Buehler said she has received a great deal of positive feedback.

    Activities are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the school library. Cookies and drinks are provided.

  • Tavern death charges increased

    Eric Glenn Gallaher faces more trouble for allegedly killing David Harvey outside the Grill & Pub last summer.
    The Roane County grand jury on Tuesday upgraded the charge against Gallaher from reckless homicide to voluntary manslaughter.
    Voluntary manslaughter is a C felony, and is usually charged if a crime involves passion. According to court records, Gallaher punched Harvey after a minor fender-bender in the parking lot.

  • Municipal moves: Could Kingston City Hall end up at Ladd Landing?

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    It might be a stretch to say there’s a frontrunner in the search for a new city hall site for Kingston.
    But now there’s, at the very least, a favorite.
    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets joined representatives of Covenant Health and the city council’s City Hall Review Committee in touring the Kingston Medical Plaza in Ladd Landing as a possible future site for Kingston City Hall on Monday.
    The plaza currently houses a doctor’s office and a physical therapy center.

  • New hospital has magnetic effect

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The offices moving out of Kingston Medical Plaza are but one example of how the Roane Medical Center replacement has caused a drain of sorts.
    Physicians offices and other health-related businesses are leaving their current digs in other parts of the county and gravitating to Midtown.
    The Kingston Medical Plaza has a doctor’s office and a physical therapy practice moving toward Midtown; another physician has already moved on.

  • Candidate forum set on county offices

    Rockwood 2000, a non-partisan civic organization, will be hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Rockwood City Hall.
    This event is to educate the public about the candidates running for the positions of Roane County roads superintendent and Roane County property assessor.
    The objective is to inform as many people as possible about the platform of each candidate.
    Those running for roads superintendent are:
    • James Beason
    • Dennis Ferguson
    • Brian Mullins

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Will we have to pay for warm weather of today?

    I was online late this week when I glanced at the weather. The predicted high in the forecast for Thursday was 72.
    Mercy!
    I keep looking for winter’s vengeance to come back at us for skating through a barely existent cold weather season, but each 10-day forecast shows much of the same: highs in the 50s, with a little variation here or there.

  • Old Bible lost in roaring house fire

    A South of the River home caught fire Wednesday around 9 a.m.

    Mike White was cooking breakfast in his family’s log home at 115 Hickory Lane when grease popped on his hand, spilled from the skillet onto the lit stove eye and caught fire.  

    With stored grease and lard in his cabinets above the stove, fire quickly spread up the walls and into the attic.

    “I don’t even cook breakfast,” he said. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

  • Howard's 34 leads Devils past Cherokees

    The Harriman Blue Devils are healthier and playing their best basketball at the perfect time for Coach Jeff King.