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Today's News

  • THURSDAY MORNING BEER BASH

    Authorities divert traffic to other lanes Thursday morning after a beer truck left Interstate 40 and came down onto Kentucky Street.
    Trooper Rodney Redmon said the driver, who was from Knoxville, was talking when he was taken by emergency personnel to University of Tennessee Medical Center.
    Redmon said it was not clear yet why the accident occurred, but the driver was traveling westbound on I-40 when he left the roadway, striking first the safety cables in the median before going between the two interstate bridges and landing on the city street.

  • Pierce purchased small arsenal

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce amassed an arsenal of at least 11 guns and plenty of ammo on the city’s dime, according to a state investigative audit released Wednesday.
    Pierce, who was indicted last week, is accused of using a city credit card and store card to purchase at least $32,725 in items between 2009 and 2012.
    The charges include two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and official misconduct. 

  • Check accuracy of your credit report

    Check your credit at least once a year.
    The Big Three reporting agencies are: TransUnion, 1-800-916-8800; Equifax, 1-800-685-1111; and Experian, 1-888-397-3742
    Scrutinizing your credit report once a year and then disputing any errors is the best way to keep your FICO score as high as it legitimately should be. Get your reports (from all three agencies) at AnnualCreditReport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228.
    In some states you’re allowed two free reports per year.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by TERRI LIKENS

    From time to time, and with much delight, I sometimes write about my neighbors.
    It is with deep sadness I now write about one of them.
    Homer Hamby, who died this week, has lived in the same gray brick house across from mine since the neighborhood was established in the 1950s.
    Many of you may know him as a pharmacist who put in 50 years at Kinser Drugs in Kingston, or as a pillar of respect at Harriman Church of God.
    His kindness, calmness, generosity  and humility were the stuff more of us  should be made of.

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Dean's List: Fall 2012

    Sixteen students from Roane County are on the dean’s list for fall semester at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  

    They include Jordan Burdette, Kala Cisson, Samuel Collins, Kiley Gunter, Kramer Gunter, Maryann Hix, David Ingham, Matthew Jallouk, Jordan Kaldenbach, Spencer Klein, Kristen Kyker, Hali Morris, Abigail Overstreet, Amanda Riggs, Callie Scandlyn and Cody Wampler.

    UTC students who make a 3.2 or higher semester grade-point average are awarded the honor.

  • Daniel to speak to OS Historical Society

    Julia H. Daniel will be the guest speaker during the Oliver Springs Historical Society monthly meeting on March 4.

    The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Oliver Springs Historial Depot at 610 Walker Ave.

    Daniel will discuss The Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc., a nonprofit group.

    She will also speak briefly on Carmichael Park and the Oliver Springs Colored School.  

  • Math Night at Bowers adds up to family fun

    Two nights of family mathematical fun were to focus in Harriman as 143 families put their skills to the test for Bowers Elementary School’s second annual Family Math and Reading Nights.

    Family math activities and games, bingo for books and dinner were among the attractions.

    Each math teacher created one math activity or game for the families to play.

    Games involved dice, cards and dominoes with homemade, store-bought  and electronic games.

  • Church Calendar: March 1-17

    FRIDAY, MARCH 1
    • Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a two-day children’s consignment sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church’s activities building. The church is at 407 Old Johnston Valley Road.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 2
    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a tai chi class at 9 a.m. in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. Call 376-6340 for details.

    SUNDAY, MARCH 3

  • East Tennessee State University dean's list: Fall 2012

    Fourteen students from Roane County earned placement on East Tennessee State University’s dean’s list for fall semester.

    They are:

    Harriman — Taylor R. Borum, Christopher C. McCarroll and Caitlyn N. Swymer.

    Kingston — Danielle V. Casaus, Emily P. Denton, Derek T. Gurney, Elaine A. Hall, Kezia R. Hensley, Katrina Y. Kaldenbach, Ryan C. Orick, Holly M. Parkison and Erika B. Smith.

    Rockwood — Allison M. Breazeale and Jordan E. Williams.

  • Cover girl: Easter creates award-winning anthology art

    Elizabeth R. “Lizzy” Easter of Rockwood is the award-winning artist whose work is featured on the cover of “Read Our Word, Hear Our Voice: Anthology of Poetry, Essays and Short Stories.”

    The Roane State Community College student’s drawing was selected as the winner of a Roane Writers Group art competition and was announced earlier this year in a ceremony in front of Easter’s classmates.