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Today's News

  • Houston finds no judicial sympathy

    Rocky Houston was shrugged off by the latest in his string of attorneys Monday, then chastised by a judge and thrown out of the courthouse by sheriff’s deputies.

    Even so, he seemed undeterred. Houston stood outside under the morning sun, raised a hand to the sky and answered a reporter’s question about his distrust of defense counsel with a preacher’s conviction.

    “I’ve got a good lawyer, and his name is Christ,” Houston said.

  • HUB names Young new chief

    A familiar face will be serving as Harriman Utility Board’s new general manager.

    Assistant Manager Bill Young was unanimously selected as the new manager at a special-called meeting last week.

    On July 1, he will be replacing Chuck Flora, who is retiring after working for the utility 35 years.

  • Storms force TVA rates higher

    TVA officials say ratepayers can blame spring storm damage for the increase they can expect bills after July 1.

    The TVA website said that the total monthly fuel cost will increase from 2.366 cents per kilowatt-hour to 2.689 per kilowatt-hour, an increase in the average wholesale price of 4.5 percent.

    The website said the July fuel cost will increase residential customers bills between $3 and $6 depending on usage.

  • Hear about marvels of ham radio during Field Day event

    Amateur radio operators in Roane County will join “hams” from all across the country in a public demonstration of emergency communications during National Amateur Radio Field Day.

    The special weekend of events will be on June 25-26 at Fort Southwest Point, Kingston. The 24-hour demonstration will be from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday.

    This annual Field Day event is the climax of American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Week.

  • The Garden Gate: Yucca both beautiful in the garden and yummy on the plate

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Summer gardens are so often a blaze of color — even at the very beginning of summer, when everything seems to come to flower at once — that the lovely big towering stalks of yucca seem to strike a cooling note with their white cascades of blossom.

    Yuccas have many aliases derived from the various countries where they may be found. These include Spanish bayonet, desert candle, Adam’s needle, manihot and Cassavasor manioc.

  • Nevils-Houston

    Douglas and Patricia Pate of Murfreesboro and Phillip and Gayle Nevils of Nashville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Nikki Elaine Nevils, to Landon Wayne Houston.

    He is the son of Michael B. Houston of Crossville and Sally Houston of Kingston.

    The ceremony will be on July 9 in Antioch United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in Marathon Village in Nashville.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Betty Sue Rice of Nashville and the late Boyd Rice, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Nevils.

  • Poe-Voiles

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Binkley and Rodney Poe of Arkansas announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, McKenzie Renee Poe, to Chad Edward Voiles of Rockwood.

    He is the son of Don and Vicki Voiles of Rockwood.

    The ceremony will be on July 9 in Arkansas.

  • Mr. & Mrs. de Abiega

    Lee Ann Richards and Ricardo de Abiega were married on April 23 at Liberty State Park.

    The Rev. Paul Mayer officiated during the evening ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mike and Anne Richards of Spring City.

    Her grandparents are the late Marjorie and Richard Chamberlain, and the late Loraine and Herbert Richards.

    The groom is the son of Teresa Quintano and the late Enrique de Abiega.

    Addison Grace Richards served as flower girl.

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

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston’s Don Colyer and Earl “Lucky” Leasure   built an exact replica of the old Roane County Courthouse as it would have looked in the 1850s. The half-inch scale model was something Colyer wanted people to remember the old courthouse by. Funded by the Roane County Heritage Commission, it took over a year to complete.

    10 Years Ago

  • Wear purple to build awareness for elder abuse

    Since 2006, when purple was chosen as the “awareness color” for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Tennessee has played its part in “lighting the way” to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults.

    This year is no exception.