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Today's News

  • Twin Tower climb inspires firefighters

    Two Kingston firefighters joined hundreds of others climbing steps in honor of those who went up the stairs of the Twin Towers in the rescue attempt before the buildings collapsed after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    “It was a 9/11 memorial stair climb. It was for the 343 firemen that died in the World Trade Centers,” said Bradley Goss.

    The Twin Towers in New York were hit by commercial airliners that had been hijacked by terrorists. The Pentagon was also hit.

  • Ruppe ‘too valuable’ to lose

    Rockwood City Council will once again consider a proposal to promote City Recorder Becky Ruppe to city administrator at its meeting Monday.

    “She is much too valuable,” Mayor James Watts said. “We are lucky to keep her.”

    Watts, who has reached his term limit this year, said he wants to leave the next mayor with someone who understands the budget.

  • Kingston work could lower home insurance

    On a scale of 1 to 10, the city of Kingston gets a 4 on fire safety.
    And that’s not a bad thing. The Insurance Services Organization rates fire departments according to their level of preparedness every few years, with a 1 signifying the highest level, and a 10 meaning no preparedness at all.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon reported on the city’s latest rating at April City Council sessions. The ISO rating also determines fire insurance rates in the department’s coverage area.

  • REAL HORSEPOWER

    Curtis Scarbrough loves his horses.

    Recently, he decided that, together, they could step back in time.

    This week, on a sunny spring day, he walked behind them, holding steady a plow as it cut into the rich brown earth of a garden on Ruritan Road.  

    The garden promises to yield the usual country bounty of corn, okra, tomatoes, onions and beans.

    “I just wanted to see if I could do it,” Scarbrough said. “That is all we had when I was coming along. We didn’t have tractors. It was either a horse or a mule.”

  • Smoot bond revoked over DUI charge

    Bond for accused murderer Shawn Smoot has been revoked.

    Prosecutors moved for the revocation following Smoot’s arrest on DUI charges Tuesday in McMinn County.

    The order was signed by Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen and was effective immediately.

    Smoot is charged in Roane County with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris, whose  body was found in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011.

    Smoot had not turned himself in as of Friday afternoon.

  • Case against Ward involves alleged stolen tires

    The emerging criminal allegation against Harriman business owner Tim Ward involves stolen tires, according to Georgia authorities.

    Ward owns Tim’s Tire Service. He is charged in Catoosa County, Ga., with one count of violating the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

    A Catoosa County grand jury returned the indictment on April 9.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Junior Templeton arrested Ward at his tire business in Harriman on April 17.

  • Tigers, Devils split in tennis action

     The Harriman boys and Rockwood girls picked up tennis wins Tuesday afternoon in a match played at Roane State.

    Boys

    The Tigers and Blue Devils split two matches in doubles, but Harriman took 4-of-5 in singles to take home a 5-2 victory.

  • Melton’s goal lifts ’Cats past Devils, 1-0

     

    One a day where offense was hard to come by, the Oliver Springs Bobcats used a header by Tyler Melton to pick up a 1-0 win over the Harriman Blue Devils Monday evening.

  • Grace puts a kink in Midway’s title hopes

     Midway’s hopes of winning the District 3-A regular season championship all but ended earlier this week as the Green Waves dropped a pair of games against Grace Christian Academy.

    The Green Wave traveled to Knoxville and dropped a 4-2 decision on Monday before falling at home on Tuesday, 4-2.

  • Lady ’Cats close in on district title with sweep

     

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats rant their season record to 18-3 overall and 9-0 in District 4-A earlier this week with a pair of wins against Jellico.

    The Lady ’Cats won easily at Jellico on Monday, 16-1, and they followed that up Tuesday with an 8-0 victory at home.