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Today's News

  • Another death for city of Kingston

    Kingston police officer Tim Arnold died Saturday.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Arnold, 50, was captain over the reserve division and also worked as a part-time patrolman.

    “Our guys got a call to go to his house on Saturday for a medical emergency,” Washam said. “We got there and CPR was already in progress by some of the family. My guys, first responders for the fire department and Roane County ambulance service responded.”

    Washam said Arnold was taken to Roane Medical Center.

  • Three’s a crowd
  • Yard waste solution: Sausage power?

    As brush piles grow bigger for small communities like those in Roane County, a green waste recycling project may be the solution.

    “We have a lot,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe. “It costs about $10,000 a year,”

    Harriman’s ever-growing pile is on city property on Fiske Heights.

    It needs to be dealt with for a Renaissance Festival that wants to locate on the property. The entry to the proposed fair site is where the sizable pile is now.

  • Movie tickets for blood donors

    Medic Regional Blood Center is struggling to meet the needs of area hospitals and will offer a special holiday incentive to get people to roll up their sleeve. Each donor on Monday, Dec. 30, will receive a pair of Regal Cinema movie passes with no expiration date.

    “We usually give away a single pass to donors, but we are in desperate need for donors and thought we would offer two tickets to sweeten the pot,” said Christi Fightmaster, director of public relations.

  • K-25 plant demolition a notable moment in history

    A significant piece of national and Roane County history came down last week with the final demolition of the K-25 building.

    “A number of people from Roane County worked up there,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They helped build it, and once it was built they worked in the facility.”

    K-25, built in 1943, was part of the Manhattan Project. It was once the world’s largest building under one roof.

  • Perfect holidays are rarely in the cards, but how to cope?

    During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” a Vanderbilt psychiatrist says.

    In other words, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and deal head-on with some of the stressors of the season.

  • Website aimed at schoolchildren’s parents

    The Tennessee School Boards Association has developed a site, MyTennesseePublicSchools.net, with the idea that parents shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for answers to questions they have about public schools.

    Information should be easy to find.

    MyTennesseePublicSchools.net is a collection of resources and need-to-know information to help parents help their child rensucceed in public school.

  • Start your year with state park hike

    Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day.

    Each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year as part of the quarterly hikes program.

    “Our First Hikes have been very popular and we are excited to continue this series in the New Year,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “The First Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.”

  • The Garden Gate: Christmas season steeped in longtime tradition

    Christmas is so much a time of traditions, customs, historic associations and reminiscing that it’s interesting to know how some of them began.

    The second bishop of Rome, Telesphorus, declared in the second century A.D. that public church services should be held to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord.

    And in 320 A.D., Pope Julius I, agreeing with other religious leaders, specified that Dec. 25 should be recognized as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Singing Christmas carols was a new idea in the church services of the 13th century.

  • THP sobriety checks end old year, begin new

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during New Year’s week.

    One sobriety checkpoint will be from 9 to 11 p.m. Dec. 31 at Hwy. 70 and Caney Creek Road.

    Another will be at the same location from 10 to 11 p.m. Jan. 1.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles with such drivers.