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Today's News

  • Kingston land owners to pay more next year

    It came in like a lion and left like a lamb — like March in the middle of June.

    After many long nights of accounting, some testiness and wrangling, and several meetings in which a few city residents (and a couple of non-residents) voiced their displeasure over a proposed 9-cent tax-rate increase,  Kingston City Council passed its budget appropriation for 2012-13 on second reading with hardly a ripple of protest.

    The passage brings Kingston’s property tax rate to $1.17 per $100 valuation.

  • Going Home: More than a year after fire, work finishing on church

    Kingston United Methodist Church members will soon return to their sanctuary for the first time since a fire damaged the building on April 30, 2011.

    The newly renovated sanctuary includes a new stained-glass front window. The chancel area, which was destroyed by the fire, has been rebuilt larger than before with expanded space for the choir, a grand piano and new organ.

    “It’s an exciting time,” said church member Judy Rose. “You just can’t believe how excited we are. It is kind of like a totally new beginning.”

  • DA suspends worker for campaign site signup

    Angie Vittatoe, an employee at the District Attorney General’s Office, was suspended for two days without pay last week for using an office computer to register a domain name for Roane County road superintendent candidate Dennis Ferguson.  

  • Round Rockwood-June 18

    We have enjoyed having almost-summertime weather for the past month — even a much-needed rainstorm was welcome to those with yards to care for and clouds of dust behind the lawn mower.

    Our son-in-law mows his yard for the early growth of grass.

  • Harriman Happenings-June 18

    Janice Eskridge and her daughter, Letisha Allen, won second place in the mother-and-daughter look-alike contest during Mother’s Day.

    Their picture came out in the Roane County News. Janice is the wife of Roy Eskridge. Congratulations on your winning.

    Charles Elliot Thorpe IV graduated from Celebration High School, Kissimmee, Fla., on May 26. He is the son of Theresa “Anise” Thorpe and the late Charles Thorpe III.

  • Girl Scouts can register early by July 14

    Girl Scouts in Roane County and their troops can earn a special patch and money for their troops by participating in Early Bird registration.

    Troops registering girls and adult volunteers before the July 14 deadline can earn additional money for the fall product sale.

    Each girl who registers during the event will also receive a free Early Bird patch. Visit www.girlscoutcsa.org and click on the “Register Online” button at the bottom of the page.

    A registration form is also available online at http://tinyurl.com/7ze8osb.

  • Area coaches gather for camp

    Rockwood head coach John Webb, Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett and Austin-East head coach Brian Pankey (former Cherokee head coach and Kingston assistant coach) are enemies on some Friday nights during the fall, but the trio spent most of last week working together to help kids in Roane County sharpen their football skills at the FAST Football Academy.

  • Tennessee bat caves to remain closed

    Caves located on state lands in Tennessee will remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) among the state’s bat population. 

  • Girlfriend in the clear, for now

    The state elected earlier this week not to prosecute Tammy Ellen Rosado on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.
    The 43-year-old woman is not in the clear, however.
    Defense attorney Mike Ritter said he expects prosecutors to seek an indictment against his client with the Roane County grand jury.
    “I think there’s a good possibility that’s going to happen,” he said.
    Rosado allegedly shot her boyfriend, James R. Cobb, on April 4 at the couple’s home on Rosedale Avenue in Kingston.

  • Harriman again looking to grow into Midtown

    Harriman officials are moving forward with a plan for expanding the city’s boundaries into Midtown.
    Though officials are asking Harriman Regional Planning Commission to develop a plan of service for the Hwy. 70, they are stopping short at putting an annexation referendum on the ballot for August.
    “We think we’ve got four yeses and a whole bunch of people who don’t live in their houses,” said Harriman City Council member J.D. Sampson.