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Today's News

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Letters to the editor — why some do not run

    We love hearing from our readers, especially when they express their opinions in a letter to the editor.
    But now and then we get letters that, for one reason or another, we cannot run.
    A recent example was one criticizing the tax assessor and her office.
    A major reason this letter did not run was it was written by another person who has openly expressed running for the tax assessor’s office.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 27

    25 Years Ago
    Efforts to combat drug use, abuse and trafficking in Kingston were given a substantial boost by the establishment of a drug fund for the city. Money for the fund is brought in through court-ordered donations upon conviction of drug offenders and allows the police department to finance undercover operations or any type of enforcement activities which relate to drugs, without going before the commission with an expenditure request. Such requests could unnecessarily alert targeted suspects.

    10 Years Ago

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints in Roane County during the week of Aug. 1 on Hwy. 58 near the new bridge.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that annually kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 in the United States, a THP release said.

  • Single punch, man is dead: Parking lot fender-bender led to attack outside bar

    A vehicle mishap led to a single, angry punch outside a bar early Saturday morning.

    That has left one man dead and another charged with his death.

    Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) for David Harvey, 46, of Harriman.

    “He’s going to be missed,” mother Rebecca Harvey said. “What happened to him shouldn’t have happened.”

  • Trouble for bar now?

    Authorities are taking a hard look at the Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, after Saturday’s violence.

    “It is a nuisance, and we’re looking at what we can do to make sure they are abiding by all the beer board rules,” said Roane County Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

    Longtime missing person Cheryl Payne was last seen at that location, Phillips said.

    “We don’t know what we can do legally, and we’re going to find out,” he said.

  • Teacher in oinking incident resigns

    The Bowers Elementary School kindergarten teacher who was suspended for a taunting incident this past spring has resigned.

    Debbie Hayes notified Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff of her intention to step down in a letter dated July 21.  

    “I wish to submit my resignation and intention to retire from Roane County Schools effective immediately,” Hayes wrote. “My medical condition, due to the stress from my employment, causes me to be unable to work.”

  • Swan Pond Church to celebrate 185 years

    Harriman’s Swan Pond United Methodist Church will celebrate its 185th anniversary as a small,  close-knit congregation Sept. 18.

    Established in 1826, the church building has undergone various renovations and closing due to a dwindling and fluctuating congregation, along with a history of vandalism.

    However, through all the years, the near-two-centuries-old church has aged well — with a few facelifts.

  • More than a whistle-stop: Rockwood eyed by locomotive refurbisher

    A company interested in locating in Rockwood would like to purchase a piece of property from the city.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans said LocoDocs Inc. is interested in a parcel behind Southern Alloy, in an overgrown area near the city’s animal shelter.

    The company, which refurbishes locomotives, would also like the area rezoned for its use.

    The company’s website said it is a locomotive sales, parts, service, repair, retrofit, modernization and emissions solutions firm.

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  • Kingston All-Stars finish seventh in state

    The 2011 Dixie Youth season came to an end over the weekend for the Kingston All-Stars as the Jackets finished seventh overall at the Dixie Youth O Zone State Tournament in Sweetwater.