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Today's News

  • Spotlight on Voice in the Wilderness Ministries
  • The Garden Gate: You’ll go bananas for these fruit factoids

    Bananas as a food have a past history that is older than recorded history.

    They were originally thought to have come from the tropical regions of southern Asia. In 327 B.C. the armies of Alexander the Great found this fruit growing in the valley of the Indus River.

    It was about that time people learned they could carry dried roots to distant places where they would grow. The great migrations from southern Asia carried bananas to the islands of the Pacific.

  • Master Gardeners planning plant sale

    Roane County Master Gardeners’ seventh annual plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at Ladd Landing, Kingston.

    This is a public opportunity to obtain plants,
    knowledge and information from volunteers trained through the Tennessee Master Gardener program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.

    Perennials, annuals, house plants, shrubs, grasses, vines, herbs, trees, vegetables and yard art will be available.

  • Knights support Michael Dunn Center

    Knights of Columbus Father Callahan Council 8273 presents checks for $6,900 to the Michael Dunn Center.

    Those participating in the check presentation include District Deputy Fred Laufenberg, MR Foundation board of directors; Joe Cochran, Knights of Columbus member; Wade Creswell, Michael Dunn Center director of development; James Griffin, Knights of Columbus member; and Bob Capell, council financial secretary.

  • TVA, EPA to discuss water restoration during workshops

    The next in a series of workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County will be on May 3.

    The Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are conducting the workshops, which are intended to provide information on the River System Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis Report on the Kingston recovery project.

    In this workshop, aquatic test results will be discussed.

  • Love is in the air for Roane Choral’s last concert of season

    Roane Choral Society will present “April Love,” its last concert of the season, on April 28.

    Two performances, at 2 and 7 p.m., will be in Kingston Church of Christ’s family center at 120 W. Spring St.

    The society will perform familiar tunes such as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “The Sound of Music” and “Best of the Beach Boys.”  

    In addition to hearing favorite melodies, audience members will be served coffee and dessert served by the singers during intermission.  

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 18

    25 Years Ago
    Local and state officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the bridge at Center’s Ferry. The bridge cost more than $3 million to build and replaced one of the state’s last and largest running ferries. Once the state completed the work, the bridge became the responsibility of the Roane County Highway Department.

    10 Years Ago

  • Cumberland County jury decides Houstons must pay

    Tuesday’s court victory was bittersweet for Pat Brown.

    A Cumberland County jury found brothers Rocky and Leon Houston should pay more than $5 million because they are responsible for the May 2006 shooting death of her son.

    The decision wasn’t enough to take away the pain she’s felt for nearly six years. 

    “No amount of money can touch the hole in my heart,” she said. “Money can’t do that.”

  • Mistake complicates road project

    The opinion Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland gave the Roane County Commission earlier this month about the sale of land in front of Bowers Elementary School differed from the one attorney Charles Cagle gave the Board of Education.
    Cagle, who represents the board, said in February the board has the power to sell any property to which it holds title.
    “He was not wrong in his opinion,” McFarland said. “His opinion says hey, if you have title as a school board you can sell the property. Where the problem was they didn’t have title.”

  • Theater’s date card filling fast

    The Princess Theatre has a steady gig renting the facility on Sundays for the next six months.
    Harriman Courts of Praise Church is building a new sanctuary next to the existing church and will be renting the Princess starting Sunday, April 22. All are welcome for services starting at 11 a.m.
    Pastor Nick Hill is excited about the opportunity to bring his congregation to the theater for his upbeat services.
    “I always wanted to come here when I heard they were doing it,” Hill said.