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Today's News

  • Bank robbery suspect indicted

    The man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston has been indicted in federal court for allegedly robbing two banks in another state.
    A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Indiana returned a two-count indictment against Billy Joe Dugard last month.
    The indictment accuses him of robbing Scott County Bank in Scottsburg, Ind., on April 24 and a PNC Bank in Pekin, Ind., on April 30.
    He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

  • Harriman man charged with child rape

    A Harriman man is in custody at the Roane County Jail charged with rape of a child.
    John P. Little, 36, was taken into custody Sunday, Sept. 9.
    His bond is $75,000, and he has an initial court date of Sept. 24.
    Harriman Police records said the complaintant said her 9-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by Little.
    The family was referred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, for a forensic physical exam.
     

  • Riverboat dock may be safety issue

    By MIKE GIBSON
    mgibson@roanecounty.com
    Though the fate of the old Watts Bar Belle Riverboat dock is still uncertain, chances are good its component parts will be integrated into the new dock being constructed at Ladd Park.
    Kingston Council members considered the dock at the Sept. 4 council work session.
    The Watts Bar Belle Riverboat was a dinner-on-the-river enterprise that closed and left town due to financial problems.
    It left in its wake a walking dock built for riverboat customers to come on board.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Writer gives perfect day what it deserves

    Sunday.
    I hope you didn’t miss it.
    It was a perfect day.
    At sunrise, the temperature was somewhere in the mid-50s,
    As I went out for breakfast in Chattanooga with a delightful group of people, a light jacket was a necessary part of my wardrobe.
    Later, with just a few clouds in the sky and little humidity, the sunlight took on that clear, special quality you don’t often see in the often hazy Tennessee Valley.

  • See, buy scenes of 58 Landing

    Kingston Public Library will host a photographic exhibit and sale, “58 Landing: Through the Lens,” from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 during regular library hours.

    The exhibit features photographs taken by photographer Terry Futrell at the 58 Landing Park in Kingston and includes colorful sunsets over the lake as well as action shots of ducks and gulls.

    The exhibited photographs may be purchased by the public, with all proceeds benefiting the library.

  • Donation gives instructors Kindle Fire tablets

    Stella Muse,  a former teacher and Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center resident, and the center’s administrator-in-training Trina Webb, seated, are thanked by Kathy Kleinsmith, practical nursing coordinator at Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, for Harriman Care’s donation of Kindle Fire tablets to be used by faculty members.

    Webb, a member of the technology center’s practical nursing  advisory board, noticed students utilizing the tablets for their textbooks and realized that the instructors were still using regular textbooks.

  • School lunch menus: Sept. 17-21

    MONDAY — Hot dog or entrée salad with chili, roasted potatoes, slaw, fresh fruit selection, chilled fruit cup and milk.

    TUESDAY — Chicken sandwiches, cheese sticks with dip or entrée salad with variety spuds, lettuce-tomato-pickle, fresh fruit selection, chilled fruit cup and milk.

    WEDNESDAY — Tacos or taco salad, chicken flatbread melt or entrée salad with buttered corn, leafy green salad, fresh fruit selection, chilled fruit cup and milk.

  • Calvary students tops in fine arts

    Calvary Baptist School in Kingston had a number of students who won individual and group honors during the Tennessee Fine Arts Competition in Murfreesboro.

    Students advanced to the state competition after winning first- and second-place honors during the District Fine Arts Competition in Powell.

    State winners from Calvary Baptist School include:

    First place

    • Woodworking, Jordan Snow, first in district.

  • ACT scores on the rise

    Tennessee public high school graduates improved their performance on the ACT test in 2012, earning an average score of 19.2 out of 36, up from 19.0 the year before, according to state-by-state results recently released by ACT.

    Tennessee is one of only nine states to mandate that all high school students take the ACT test, so statewide scores help the Tennessee Department of Education measure the state’s progress towards its goal of greater college and career readiness for all students.

  • School librarians tour RSCC facility

    Librarians at Roane County Schools recently spent several hours exploring the Roane State Community College Library in an effort to better provide for information needs of students, faculty and staff.

    Molly Stover, far right, web services librarian, shares with librarians, from left, Janet Sather, Lana Foster, Laura Taylor and Linda Olmsted the many services, resources and digital information the Roane State Library offers to Roane County students and community.