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Today's News

  • RCHS fishing team kicks off season

    Roane County High School held their first fishing tournament of the year March 4 out of Ladd Landing. There was  12 boats from four schools.
    Roane County's Hunter Runyan and Milo Lawson won the tournament with a limit of three fish that weighed 15 pounds, five ounces and tied for big fish with one that weighed five pounds, 10 ounces.
     Gavin Daniels and Colby Nelson came in second with a weight of 11 pounds, nine ounces. Nelson also tied for big fish.
    Others with big fish awards was Riley Brown five pounds, 10 ounces also from Roane County High.

  • State grant for park in jeopardy

    Despite the efforts and good faith of city officials, Gertrude Porter Park in Kingston is not only incomplete, but the city may not receive the state-allocated grant funds to cover any of the work.

    City Manager David Bolling reported to Kingston City Council members Tuesday during its regularly scheduled work session that the situation is “a mess.”

    “We have had a lot of problems with the contractor. There have been weeks and weeks where no one has been [at the park site]. We have also had pretty days where no one is there.

  • SCOUTS HONOR

    Near the Roane and Rhea County line sits a monument at Whites Creek, not far from where Rockwood Boy Scouts and their leader lost their lives in a devastating flood on March 23, 1929.

    Members of Roane County troops gathered together recently to repair the monument, and a rededication is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the monument.

    “We are just trying to do something since this was put up in memory of these individuals,” said Russ Limburg with Troop 101 in Kingston.

    The monument and surrounding area were in need of a little TLC.

  • Kingston rejects alcohol sales for special events

    Following several months of discussion, Kingston City Council will not be considering special event alcohol permits anytime soon.

    The body had mulled possibly voting on an as-yet undrafted ordinance which could potentially allow special event alcohol permits to be considered by Council on a case-by-case basis.

  • Harriman police say man forced to withdraw money

    Harriman Police Department are investigating a possible abduction after being called to the Check Into Cash at 1826 Roane State Hwy. around 3:27 p.m. Wednesday.

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico said the 911 call came out that two men were in the Check Into Cash and one looked endangered.

    Victim Arvil Daugherty indicated he wanted the police to be called. The 911 caller said there was also people in a car outside who were possibly armed.

    Officials said Daugherty was being taken around to get money.

  • Barbecue latest Kingston event for Ethan Guinn

    The Kingston community continues to rally around Ethan Guinn, the Roane County High School senior diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in late January. Sunday afternoon was another show of support as a barbecue fundraiser was held at Kingston City Park to help the Guinn Family with expenses.

    “It’s important for me to help them out,” said Kenny Barding, organizer of Sunday’s event. “The Guinn family is a friend of mine. My daughter, Bailey, and Ethan are best friends.

  • Former lieutenant governor in town
  • Hear about garden toad habitat at free session

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series on March 11.

    The session begins at noon in the UT Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    This session will be “Garden Toad Habitat” with Certified Master Gardener Marlin Helms.

    This is an ongoing series on the second Saturday of each month.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

  • OFF the CUFF: Practicing patience for April’s arrival

    If patience is indeed a virtue, I’m not terribly virtuous.

    I want what I want when I want it. It’s why I order light ice in my coffee at drive-thrus. I don’t want to wait for it to cool; I want to drink it now.

    The latest obstacle in my path to instant gratification comes in the form of Mother Nature and a giraffe gravid with calf.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The sick usually aren’t to blame for being sick!

    As long-time readers know, the old curmudgeon is well and truly fixed in the status of octogenarianism, and as such he has had ample opportunity to observe the various vagaries of human nature, much of which he has come to understand and appreciate, but there is one aspect which not only puzzles him, but angers him, and that is the attitude so many of our fellows have toward sickness, those afflicted with illness or disability.