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Today's News

  • Churches sign on to help homeless

    As many as 20 to 30 homeless families may be in Roane County at one time.
    Volunteers are working to find emergency housing through the creation of a local Family Promise.
    Family Promise is an organization that uses churches in a weekly rotation as temporary housing for homeless families.
    It is nonprofit and nondenominational and includes a day center for the families to work on finding employment, their own home and meeting other needs.


  • Kingston juggles 911 concerns

    Kingston City Council members aren’t quite ready to sign on to Mike Hooks’ new, higher-priced 911 plan, but they did take a step closer to seeing things his way.
    Council voted to defer a decision on a 911 payment schedule until September at their August full council meeting. It was the latest episode in the saga of how to handle the city’s share of E-911 payments, dating  — at the very least — to spring of last year.

  • Legislators reveal upcoming state road projects

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee have released information from the Tennessee Department of Transportation regarding an update on state road projects in Roane County.

    “I am very pleased that we are moving on these road improvements,” said Yager, R-Harriman.

    “These projects are important to many citizens to help make our roads safer and more inviting for economic development.”

  • Manhattan Project to be topic at Kingston Library

    Timothy Joseph will give a presentation on the legendary Manhattan Project at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Kingston Public Library.

    The talk is based on “Historic Photos of the Manhattan Project,” Joseph’s coffee table book with nearly 200 photos, published by Turner Publishing in   Nashville.

    Joseph will be available to sign books during the event.

  • Kolton Clay King

    Kolton Clay King was born on May 3 in Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He is the son of Blake and Stephanie King of Oakdale.

    His grandparents are Stanley and Becky Jones of Oakdale, Allen and Susan Miles of Kingston, and Kelly and Lisa King of Harriman.

    Kolton has a brother, Bryson Cox of Oakdale.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed Sept. 17-18

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods in September.

    Commodity food recipients should be certified by Aug. 30 to receive foods during this distribution.

    Commodity foods will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17-18 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag to in which to carry the food.

    All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.

  • The Garden Gate: Statuary in gardening ruined many ancient runes

    There seem to be cycles of popularity for formal, structural, casual and natural gardens. All appear to recur with passing generations of gardeners.

    But some aspects of gardening never change. Flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees, birds, flowers, butterflies and weeds never fail to hold our attention.

  • LaBounty’s 90th birthday is Aug. 25

    Eugene LaBounty of Kingston will celebrate his 90th birthday on Aug. 25.

    He was born in Richford, Vt., and retired to Tennessee after more than 20 years in the U.S. Army.

    He has two children, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    He and his wife, Mavis, will celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary in December.

  • VEC officials warn against scammers calling to collect on ‘delinquent’ bills

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative officials warn customers that they have  received reports of an imposter attempting to collect money for what the caller says is “delinquent” electric bills.

    In one instance, the caller asked for a banking account number and a Social Security number before instructing the customer to purchase a pre-paid credit card and pay the bill with that card.

    The caller claimed that if payment was not received, the customer’s power would be shut off within the hour.

  • Hmmm ... Dude looks like a ‘lady’?

    The men of Harriman’s Renaissance Terrace are taking matters in their own hands to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research.

    Featured in a “Dude Looks Like an Old Lady” contest are, from left, Roger Parker, administrator; Amos O’Keefe; physician’s assistant; Jerry Malicoat, accounts receivable; Brandon Whiteside, assistant administrator; and Dr. Mancel Wakham, medical director.