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Today's News

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Reminiscences of the old Emory Gap Post Office

    Gentle reader, as the onset of Autumn approaches, several annual events begin to show up on our calendars.

    One that many folks especially look forward to is the Roane County Heritage Commission’s social event at the old Court House. If you are not one of those who attend regularly, you really should consider doing so.

  • ‘Free money’ for library had too many strings, officials say

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    In a time when many are searching under seat cushions for extra quarters, the city of Kingston looks to be turning down a big wad of bills.

    Officials want to reject a $150,000 grant from the Federal Rural Development Administration for improvements to the Kingston Public Library.

    At a Sept. 6 work session, Kingston City Council moved to draft a motion to withdraw its request for the grant, which was filed two years ago. The grant was unexpectedly received this past June.

  • Kingston triathlon deemed success

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Its biking and running legs notwithstanding, Kingston’s first-ever Storm the Fort Triathlon went swimmingly, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross.

    “The main thing we wanted to do is to get people to visit our town, increase tourism and hotel and motel visitation, get people in the restaurants,” Ross said. “And since we focused it around Fort Southwest Point, we wanted to bring more attention the parks and to the Fort in general.

  • Clearing the way

     

    An employee with Galloway Construction in Sunbright adds brush to the shredder while clearing away an area on Patton Lane for an electric company last week. The employee did not want to give his name.

  • Clearing up the brush
  • OSMS rolls past Norwood, 36-14

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats celebrated homecoming in style Monday night as Larry Green's squad cruised to a 36-12 victory over Norwood.

  • Spring City takes control of TVAA

    The Spring City Bulldogs started to take control of three division races in the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association with three of four wins against Oliver Springs on Saturday.

  • Busy night for Roane County football

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats celebrated homecoming in style Monday night as Larry Green's squad cruised to a 36-12 victory over Norwood.

  • Facebook posts cost Ellis seat

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis used Facebook to rally support against the property tax rate increases that were passed earlier this year. 
    That didn’t sit well with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who didn’t recommend Ellis for another term on the budget committee.
    “Randy served, and he served well,” Woody said. “Randy did, however, try to rally a group for the public hearing on the blogs and Facebook, and I didn’t appreciate that.”

  • Earthquake danger still a question

    Is there an earthquake threat in East Tennessee?
    Robert D. Hatcher Jr. a University of Tennessee professor in tectonics and structural geology, said there is — but the level of the threat requires more research.
    “We don’t know what the level of hazard is. We think that at least magnitude 6.5 earthquakes have occurred in East Tennessee, not necessarily under Douglas Lake, or what is now Douglas Lake. It could have occurred anywhere. We just happened to find evidence out there,” Hatcher said at a recent conference in Oak Ridge.