Today's News

  • Five generations of Lynch family

    Five generations of Aliene Lynch’s family recently gathered.

    The five generations include, from left, Lynch; her daughter, Cherri Birge; her great-great-grandson, Gabriel Burnett; her great-granddaughter, Tabetha Phillips; and her grandson, William “Bill” Phillips III.

  • Harriman fire hydrant flushing to start today

    Harriman Fire Department, in partnership with Harriman Utility Board, will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the city starting today, Aug. 15.

    The flushing will continue until the process is complete.

    A release from Harriman Fire Department said this process is vital for making sure that the hydrants operate properly during an emergency incident and plays an important part on the city's insurance rating.

  • The Garden Gate: Want a romantic garden spot? Ruin it

    Gardens are flowers, trees, shrubs, pools, fruits, vegetables, paths, birds and weeds.

    Sometimes, they are buildings, too.

    Consider old-fashioned summerhouses, gazebos, trellises, arbors, lattices, porticos, pergolas and porches.

    Trelliswork is an old garden art that began as an openwork or fence to support climbing plants. It sometimes was used as the framework of an arbor.

    All of this conjures up a vision of Victorian gardens with climbing roses and morning glories and lemonade in the pergola.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 15

    25 Years Ago
    After two months of hearings and workshops, the Roane County Commission finally passed a budget. The new budget reflected a 68-cent property tax rate increase to bring the tax rate up to $2.71 per $100 valuation. The delay in passing the budget also delayed the opening of Roane County and Harriman City schools by one week due to a lack of available funds.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: Day may be when religion, or lack of, will not matter

    First Amendment Center
    Remember all the media chatter during the primaries about how the “Mormon factor” could undermine Mitt Romney’s candidacy?

    Forget about it.

    American voters, it turns out, are mostly unconcerned about Romney’s religious affiliation or have no idea what it is.

  • Rockwood swim team a splash with kids

    Rockwood’s first swim team is giving many first-time competitive swimmers a chance to shine.

    And at a recent meet, that is exactly what team members did, getting ribbons in two of the five events they entered.

    Starting the season with 18 new swimmers and keeping 12, the youth showed they were up to the challenge and fun of competitive swimming.

    “I was glad that many stuck with it. It was a great start for our first year,” coach Cassandra Dothard said. “All the kids doing it loved it. Many of them, they don’t participate in other sports.”

  • Kingston officials balk at E911 plan to raise rates

    The E911 lost-revenue conundrum found its way into Kingston affairs again, but council members are still reluctant to sign on to an agreement that would have the city paying extra fees to counter shortfalls.

    Last spring, Roane County E911 Director Mike Hooks visited Kingston council and requested 911’s standard 3-percent increase. He also pitched a five-year plan based on the premise that 911 has been hemorrhaging money in recent money due to the rise of cellphones in favor of landlines. Local 911 centers are funded by a combination of local governments and taxes levied on phone service.

  • ‘Nice man’ shot to death

    An elderly man was found shot to death in his home Sunday evening.

    Authorities identified the victim as 85-year-old Russell C. Blevins of 138 Hart Orchard Road.

    “I believe a family member hadn’t heard from him, went to check on him, found him and then notified the 911 center,” said Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

    No arrests had been made as of press time Tuesday.

    “It’s an ongoing investigation,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We’ve already interviewed a few subjects of interest. We’re running down all the leads we have.”

  • Plans in works for old fort

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross is like an overgrown kid building a really cool toy fort.

    Only, rather than Legos and wooden blocks and plastic soldiers, this fort (you might recognize it as Fort Southwest Point) requires government grants and master plans — not to mention years of work and plenty of patience — to keep it on the grow.

    At the request of state Sen. Ken Yager, State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre visited Fort Southwest Point in July for a tour and a pitch from Ross and Kingston Mayor Troy Beets.

  • Masked men, counterfeit money in police reports

    A Rockwood woman told police that she and her husband were robbed in their home Saturday night by two assailants wearing black masks.

    According to a report, the suspects kicked in the front door to the residence at 207 W. Dunn St.

    “Suspects took complainant to her bedroom to get $500 that she keeps on her dresser,” the report said. “Suspects took complainant’s purse with her ID and Verizon pre-paid phone.”