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Today's News

  • Lots of music genres on tap for Half-Moon Fest

    A showcase of regional talent is promised for this year’s Half-Moon Music Festival, a free Sunday afternoon concert in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile.

    “Pack up your camping chair or pull up your party barge,” encouraged Half-Moon organizer Wayne Tipps about this year’s event, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 8.

    The Half-Moon Music Festival is “our way of giving back to the area,” Tipps said.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 27

    25 Years Ago
    Selected for the 1986 Edition of Outstanding Young Women of America were Karen Mayton and Melinda Cofer Salmons, both of Harriman; Gail Rosser and Maureen Anne Williams, both formerly of Kingston; and Kingston native Sherry L. Sitzler. The program is designed to honor and encourage young women between the ages of 21-36 who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavor, such as services to community, professional leadership, academic achievement, business advancement, cultural accomplishments, and civic and political participation.

  • James Daniel Hooker

    James Daniel Hooker was born at 8:59 p.m. on June 6 in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

    He is the son of Timothy Hooker and Alicia Patterson of Wartburg.

    Grandparents are Douglas and Stella Patterson of Oliver Springs, and John and Mary Jo Hooker of Harriman.

    Great-grandparents are Earslee Patterson of Oliver Springs and Joseph Dunnabeck Sr. of Michigan.

    James has a brother, 8-year-old Jacob.

  • Madly Hillman

    Madly Hillman celebrated her third birthday on June 11 with her parents, grandparents and cousin, Cindy Patton. The theme of her party was Hello Kitty. She also had a fun day at Dollywood.

    She is the daughter of Chris and Betsey Hillman of Oliver Springs.

    Grandparents are Peg Keating of Auburn Hills, Mich., and Chuck and Rosa Smith Hillman of Harriman.

  • Patterson 5 generations

    Five generations of the family of Earslee Patterson, center left, include, from left, great-grandson Daniel Stewart, granddaughter Cathy Stewart, great-great-grandson Noah Stewart and son Douglas Patterson.

  • General Sessions Court: April 27-May 7, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 27 — Billie J. Freels, obedience to any required traffic control device. Dismissed, safety class.

    • Thurston E. Keathley, hunt/fish/trap/no license or stamp. Dismissed.

    • Ray C. Boles, hunt/fish/trap/no license or stamp. Dismissed, cost to state.

  • Property Transfers: April 9-26, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse April 9-26:

    From Donna Allbaugh Executor, Daisy H. Chitwood Estate, Daisy Chitwood Estate, Betty Diana McKissack, Diana McKissack, Terry W. Chitwood, Donna Allbaugh, Donna Moore, Debra Ledbetter and William Chitwood Estate to James Ledbetter and Debra Ledbetter by deed, Dist. 5, Pinnoak Pointe, Lot 108, Phase 3, $0.

  • The Garden Gate: Washington, Jefferson grew more than a country

    George Washington’s writings are a good source of information about colonial gardens.

    Whenever his services to his country or to his community permitted, Washington took great pleasure in developing the agricultural possibilities of his estate at Mount Vernon and in beautifying the grounds.

  • Library boasting new hours, Saturday children’s program

    Kingston Public Library will operate under new hours beginning July 1.

    The library’s new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, said library director Steve Jacks.

    The library’s present hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    “Also beginning July 1, the very popular Wednesday children’s program will be expanded to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” Jacks added.

  • SIZZLER AHEAD

    Brace yourself.

    If you thought last weekend was hot, you’ll likely have a new perspective before this weekend is over.

    The National Weather Service is expecting a record-breaking heat wave to build up late this week and  temperatures above  100 degrees to be with us through early next week.

    Meteorologists issued a special weather statement warning that record high temperatures could be reached Thursday through Sunday.

    The culprit is a strong high-pressure system.