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Today's News

  • Lawyer: Police calls from embattled bar light to normal

    The lawyer for Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton said there’s been average to minimal police involvement at the establishment over the past 10 years.
    Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs bases those claims on information obtained following a public records request.

  • Drowning victim's body recovered from quarry

    A drowning victim was retrieved from a rock quarry in Harriman Sunday evening.

     


    Emilio Smithwick, 35, of Harriman, was swimming with others at the Walnut Hills quarry Sunday afternoon when he and another man jumped off a cliff into the water.

    Smithwick did not emerge and the second man was injured in the jump and taken by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

    “There was another man diving off some cliffs with him. He apparently has some broken ribs, possibly,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

  • Water loss drains ratepayers

    Water loss in aging utility systems is a growing concern.

    Rockwood is putting water losses at a costly 35 percent of what it produces, but Kingston and Harriman have dealt with them, too.

    Of them all, Kingston seems to have made the quickest turnaround.

    City Manager Jim Pinkerton, who is also over the city’s water department,  said 10 years ago the water loss was as high as 50 to 60 percent of the water treated.

  • Spirit of ’45 exhibit open in OR

    Celebrating the legacy of service from men and women of the greatest generation, the Spirit of '45 exhibition opened last week at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge in conjunction with the World War II surrender of Japan on Aug. 14, 1945.

    There were 16.1 million Americans who served in the military during World War II. Today, there are 3 million surviving.

    Through artifacts from the museum archives, museum visitors have opportunities to learn more about everyday heroes.

  • General Sessions Court

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

    JUNE 27 CASES DISPOSED

    Amanda Michelle Disney, failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed. Forgery. Guilty.

    Dewey S. Yarber, theft up to $500, failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed.

    Dale J. Brooker, public intoxication. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 1-7:

    From Fannie Mae and Federal National Mortgage Association to Paul Brown by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Lee Samuel E. Lot 7, $27,000.

    From Frank Lane Charton, Frank L. Charton, Sylvia S. Charton and Sylvia Charton to Kelly King and Lisa King by warranty deed, Dist. 1, W W Hill, Lot PT2 and PT3, $245,000.

    From Susie D. Woods and Donnie Woods Estate to Phillip E. Branson and Cynthia D. Branson by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 3 acres, Hwy 72, $83,000.

  • Kingston Rotary Club marks special anniversary this month

    Kingston Rotary Club celebrated 57 years of service to the community earlier this month.

    At the meeting, charter member George Warlick shared stories of the early days.

    A number of longtime members also chimed in with their memories of the organization through the years.

    Newer members talked about why they joined Rotary, making the commemoration a sharing of the past, present and vision for the future between generations in the true spirit of Rotary.

  • Landry picked for state board

    Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Bill Landry as East Tennessee representative of the Tennessee Historical Commission.

    The appointment, effective July 5, runs through June 30, 2016.  

  • The Garden Gate: Study shows you can harvest lots with little

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    It is one thing to see how much food you can grow in a limited space and to look for small-size varieties, but it is quite another to try to grow the largest of something.

    Perhaps you are aim-ing at a prize at the county fair, or just wishing to outdo your neighbor who had the biggest pumpkin on the block last year.

    Whatever your motive, growing giant plants is much fun.

    Delicious tomatoes, a fairly new variety which is, indeed, delicious, grow to about 3 pounds apiece.

  • Hurley-Ahler

    Steven and Julia Atchley-Pace of Vonore announce the engagement of their daughter, Julia C. Hurley, to Christopher E. Ahler.

    He is the son of Dr. Julian and Margo Ahler of Kingston.

    No wedding date has been set.

    The bride-elect is employed by the state of Tennessee, Lenoir City Utility Board and her company, The JaCy Consulting.  

    The prospective groom is employed with Ahler and Co. in Harriman and Visionary Horizons in Knoxville.