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Today's News

  • Yager opposed to changes in Sunshine Law

    The move to weaken the state’s open meetings law does not have the backing of state Sen. Ken Yager. The Harriman Republican announced his opposition to the movement on Thursday.

    “Citizens need to understand how government decisions are made,” Yager said in a news release. “Lack of transparency prevents the public from actively participating in government and from raising questions or expressing their opinions.”

  • May all your Christmases be bright
  • Roane lands 19 on All-District 3-A team

    The 2011 football season was another good one for Roane County, and now the postseason awards are starting to roll in.

  • Basketball galore starting Wednesday at Harriman, Midway

    Fans of high school basketball wishing to see a lot of games this week need to go no farther than Harriman High School or Midway High School as both schools will be holding holiday basketball action.

  • Arrests

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

    Dec. 11 — Johnny Ray Bass, 47, 514 Highpoint Circle, Kingston: public intoxication. Bond $850; court date March 5, 2012.

    • Jason Wayne Masengil, 34, 167 Paint Rock Trail, Philadelphia: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

  • Cherokee’s Mornings in Motion gets kids moving

    Mornings in Motion, an initiative designed to increase awareness of the importance of health and wellness by student participation in a workout program prior to each school day, recently kicked off at Kingston’s Cherokee Middle School.

    The before-school fitness program was brought to Cherokee by Assistant Principal Tim Thompson. Since it began in November, the program has averaged more than 50 students each morning.

  • Fourth-graders score tops in public speaking contest

    Three Roane County elementary schools are represented by the fourth-grade winners of this year’s Roane County 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

    The winners, declared after the contest earlier this month, are Henry Coen, first place, Kingston Elementary; Faith Riggs, second place, Midway Elementary; and Anna Smith, third place, Oliver Springs Elementary.

    Henry will join other county first-place winners in representing Roane County during the 4-H subregional contest on Feb. 6 in Campbell County.

  • Roane Choral group sings for Young at Heart

    A Roane Choral Society ensemble presented a Christmas music program to Kingston First Baptist Church’s Young at Heart during its December meeting.

    Members of the ensemble are, front row from left, Karen Seiber, Margaret Poole, Beverly Allison, Carol Brown, Nancy Beth Gerberding, Pat Estes, Judy Bailey; middle row, Peggy Shepherd, Debi Foley, Ranell Lane, Margie Wadlington, accompanist Debbie Underwood; and back row, George Wadlington, Phil Walsh, Tim Stout, Ken McGarvey, Dave Eicher, and Director Eugene Hattaway.

  • Births: Dec. 5-8

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Dec. 5 — Natasha Nicole Muir and Jason Paul Jackson, Harriman. A boy, Jensyn Ellis Ray, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Sibling: Derek. Grandparents: Connie Greene; Charlie Greene; Karen Fowler; Marshall Rogers; Doug Mitchell; Paul Jackson.

    Dec. 8 — Casey Huval and Michael Stricklan, Rockwood. A girl, Savannah Lou. Sibling: Isaac. Grandparents: Christine and Michael Goretski; Donald Huval; Chuck and Robbie Stricklan.

  • Divorces: Sept. 1

    Divorces granted Sept. 1 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    Daniel Allen Bice vs Vanessa Michelle Bice

    Kendri Lorene Johnson vs Robert Edward Johnson

    John Charles Van Gundy Jr. vs Victoria Lynn Zinger Van Gundy