Today's News

  • How big? An unresolvable argument

    A few weeks ago, in his second inaugural speech, President Obama waded into the longest-running argument our history offers.
    “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time,” he said, “but it does require us to act in our time.”
    He had just laid out a rationale for government action on infrastructure, protecting the security and dignity of people, climate change, inequality, the strength of arms and the rule of law.

  • Lone Star State gets failing grade for Bible courses

    First Amendment Center
    Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the devotional use of the Bible by public schools, in its ruling on Abington Township v. Schempp.
    But many school districts in the Lone Star State still haven’t gotten the message, according to a report released last month by the Texas Freedom Network entitled “Reading, Writing and Religion.”

  • Public sees new hospital

    A crowd filled the lobby of the new Roane Medical Center on Sunday. They were excited to take a sneak peek at the state-of-the-art facility.
    They got up-close looks at the latest technology, including the four operating rooms and advanced cardiac catheterization lab.
    “I love it! I think it is beautiful,” said Sheril Shannon, whose adult son, Michael Shannon, suffers from spina bifida. “His primary care physician uses Roane Medical Center.” 

  • King must wait to join board of education

    Roane County Commission’s attempt to appoint former Kingston football coach Vic King to the vacant District 5/6 Board of Education seat didn’t go as planned.
    “There’s really not a vacancy legally at this time,” Commission Chairman James Brummett said.
    Marjorie Earick was elected to a four-year term in District 5/6 last August. She resigned last month for personal reasons.
    The commission was gearing up to vote King in at Monday’s meeting, but County Attorney Tom McFarland asked Brummett to take a short break.

  • Houston loses car-chase appeal

    Rocky Houston will not be getting a new trial in his car-chase case.
    The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals released an opinion on Monday denying his request.
    “We affirm the judgments of the trial court,” the opinion said.
    On April 1, 2010, a Roane County jury found Houston guilty of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest. The case stemmed from a 2004 police chase that ended with his pickup truck flipped on its top.

  • Fire damages uninsured Kingston home

    A Kingston house fire at 110 Shubert St. Monday night started in the kitchen.
    “The cause of the fire was cooking on the stove,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.
    Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m.
    “Most of the heavy damage was in the kitchen, but there is smoke damage throughout the house,” Gordon said.
    The home belongs to Monica Berkshire, who lived there with her two teenage sons and boyfriend.
    Gordon said the family had no home insurance and will be starting over.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ritter

    Leslie Denise Stevens and Jarryd Reece Ritter, both of Alexandria, Va., were married on Nov. 16 at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.

    The Rev. Tim Lolley officiated during the 6 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Lillian Stevens of Kingston. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and George Mason University.

    The groom is the son of Dr. Joel and Wanda Ritter. He is a graduate of American University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files for the Week of Feb. 13

    25 Years Ago
    Rockwood patrolman Rodney Redmon was proclaimed a hero for the second time in two and a half years when he pulled Fred “Junior” Pass Jr. from a burning building on Poplar Street. “The good Lord must have sent him down here,” said Paul Ed Pass, who credited Redmon with saving his brother’s life. Redmon received Gov. Lamar Alexander’s Outstanding Tennessean Award in 1986 for his earlier heroic feat in which he pulled a 2-year-old Tommy Mullins from a storm sewer.

    10 Years Ago

  • Group has reason to dance on Feb. 16

    Three Rivers Ramblers Square Dance Club will celebrate its 33rd anniversary on Feb. 16
    with a special dance in Harriman American Legion.

    The dance, open to the public, starts at 8 p.m. Jeanette Bowen will also have line dancing.

    The club formed in the fall of 1979 with a few experienced square dancers and a class of beginners in the Harriman American Legion Hall. The first class of “graduates” finished in February 1980, said club member Connie Williams.

  • Julian turning 95

    Ruby Julian will celebrate her 95th birthday on Feb. 21.

    A native of Harriman, she is the oldest member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    She is the widow of Homer Julian Sr. and the mother of Homer Julian Jr. of Rockwood and Tom Julian and his wife, Pat, of Knoxville.

    Julian also has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.