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Today's News

  • Storm brush piles may be put to good use

    The piles of snow are gone.

    The mounds of debris left after a succession of winter storms are still growing.

    Roane County Highway Department is making progress on cleaning up debris left after winter weather last month downed trees and power lines throughout the county.

    “We worked up till last Friday (March 6) basically around the clock,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson. His crews accrued $27,000 in overtime for the period, Ferguson added.

  • Youngsters get kick out of Kingston soccer camp
  • Girl hit by truck

    A 6-year-old girl was hit by a truck Monday evening on Old Valley Road.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the girl was flown by Lifestar to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and later transferred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

    “She was in stable condition the last thing I heard last night,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said a police report wasn’t available Tuesday morning.

    The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

  • Kingston Optimist Club finishes up season

    The Kingston Optimist Club recently ended its fourth season of girls basketball and champions were crowned in four age divisions.

    In the 4-6 division, the once-beaten Lil Diamonds found their way through the single elimination bracket to the championship where they would face the Angels.

    LiL Diamonds

  • Roane, Morgan Health Department District earns Tennessee excellence

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

    TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

    Roane and Morgan County Health Department District accepted the award at the 22nd

  • Harriman Happenings: March 16

    Due to illness, Pastor Jesse and sister Elfredia Williams were absent from church last Sunday.

    Pastor Willie Gallaher and Minister Allen Hickman were on their post.

    Minister Hickman delivered the message.

    His Bible text came from 1 Samuel 7:1-12.

    Sermon subject was God the Everlasting Rock.

    This was a great message. The celebration choir provided the music.

    Jeff Harris and his daughters from Nashville were recent guests of his mother, Julia Harris, and sister, Alicia.

  • Rockwood Civitan serves those who served

    Rockwood Civitan honored city crews Thursday for their work during the snow and ice storms last month.

    Civitan members served them a warm lunch at Junior’s Restaurant — along with countless words of thanks and recognition.

    “We started to talk about the crews and the work they do, because it is a pretty thankless job,” said Civitan member Linda Coffey.

    “They were doing such a great job to make sure everyone was warm and safe.”

  • Kingston woman missing

    A Kingston woman was reported missing by her mother on March 7.

    Cara Treadway was in the Charleston, S.C., area visiting her boyfriend, Blake Drayton Barber, at 1880 Cherokee Rose Circle in the Dunes West subdivision, according to a release from the Mount Pleasant, S.C., Police Department.

    Her mother told police she last received an email from Treadway on Feb. 27.

    The email said Treadway felt lost and alone.

    Her mother said several of Treadway’s friends received the same message.

  • Citations over arrests reduces jail population

    The District Attorney General’s Office has been helping keep down the population at the Roane County Jail by issuing

    a directive to police officers that they can issue citations instead of making arrests for certain offenses.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson mentioned the directive at this month’s Roane County Sheriff’s Liaison Committee meeting.

    He said the offenses that could draw a citation instead of an arrest include driving on a suspended or revoked license, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Undisclosed settlement made in bullying suit

    The Roane County Board of Education settled a federal lawsuit last year with a woman who claimed her son was bullied while attending Walnut Hill Elementary School in Harriman.

    Melissa L. Hunka filed the lawsuit in November 2011.

    Roane County government, all 10 members of the school board at that time, then director of schools Toni McGriff and former Walnut Hill principal Kevin Ayers were named as defendants.