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Today's News

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Is Israel a state or a religion? Jews must decide

    Gentle reader, by the time you read this there may have been action on the application of the Palestinians to the United Nations for recognition as a state, but as it is written the matter has not yet been addressed.

    As you know, the Palestinians will ask the Security Council to be recognized as a sovereign state and admission to the world organization as a member state.

  • Improvements at Hwy. 58 and Hwy. 70 intersection

     

    Sharon Smallwood of Mattern & Craig Inc. in Johnson City surveys Kingston property in front of the Roane County Courthouse early Thursday morning. Smallwood has been surveying the area all week for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which is planning improvements at the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70.
     

  • Roane State Playmakers present comedy ‘Rainmaker’

    The Roane State Community College Playmakers will open their 2011-12 season on Oct. 6 with “The Rainmaker.”

    Performances will be in the O’Brien Theater. Show times are October 6-8 at 7 p.m., Oct. 9 at 2 p.m., Oct. 13-15 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

    General admission is $10 for students and $7 for seniors. Tickets are available at the door.

    “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash is a comedy set in a rural western town during the Depression.

  • Harriman considers further push in Midtown, beyond

    Harriman officials are looking to the future — particularly when it comes to the Midtown retail corridor.
    Annexation was a topic at recent meetings, and the city’s work in Midtown continues to be important to Harriman City Council members.

    Harriman’s work to develop that area includes getting the interstate interchange there and supporting developers to encourage retail growth.

  • Blanks fired at turkey shoot proposal

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    It started with officials talking turkey; but in the end, no one gave a shoot.

    At this month’s Kingston City Council work session, Councilman Don White floated the idea of a turkey shoot — basically a target-shooting match with low-powered weapons and a turkey or ham as the prize — to raise money for Fort Southwest Point. He said he’d spoken to the park officials about holding the event there.

  • Kilgore takes stand

    Some TVA employees were uncomfortable with the word catastrophe being used to characterize the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill.

    President/CEO Tom Kilgore wasn’t one of them.

    “I told them you shouldn’t not be using the word catastrophe,” he said. “I used it myself.”

    Kilgore, the man ultimately responsible for what goes on at TVA, took the witness stand Wednesday in the civil trial over the catastrophe.

    “The buck stops with you, right?” plaintiffs attorney Jeff Friedman asked.

  • HURLEY SPEAKS Part 2

    Seventy-seven miles in a 50 mph zone. That’s what State Trooper Teresa Brown ticketed state Rep. Julia Hurley for in January. The ticket was paid in February, but Hurley, who can be heard arguing with Brown in the video of the traffic stop, insists she wasn’t going that fast.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Sometimes nature comes to you instead

    I’ve spent a lot of weekends away from home this summer.

    I swam in creeks and lakes, bicycled through Cades Cove, kayaked all over the region, hiked to the top of Mount LeConte and back the long way, house boated a couple of times and participated in a multitude of other hikes and rides.

    But on a recent weekend, nice as it was, I knew I needed to stay home and take care of chores.

  • Harriman delays paving to finish utility work

    Plans to pave a section of Swan Pond Road in the city will be delayed until next year.

    Harriman officials had planned on using what remains of the $100,000 originally alloted to the city for paving from TVA following the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

    Swan Pond Road saw a lot of heavy truck traffic following the spill, and city officials asked for funds to improve the roadway.

    City Coordinator Bob Tidwell said that Harriman Utility Board has many projects in that area that would interfere with fall paving.

  • Deal allows bar to keep license

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton left the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday evening having been found in violation of his beer permit.

    However, he also left the courthouse with the right to still sell beer at his establishment outside Harriman.
    In exchange for not contesting the violation, the Roane County Beer Board voted 4-1 to allow the permit to remain in effect subject to certain conditions.

    “I’m happy with what went on,” Norton said about the meeting.