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    Grammy-winning Southern blues rockers The Kentucky Headhunters will perform at the Princess Theatre in Harriman on Saturday, May 30.

    Tickets are $25 and include two opening acts for a show promoters are calling Thunder on the Mountain.

    They are celebrating the upcoming June 2 release of Meet Me In Bluesland, their previously unissued 2003 recording with their friend, the late, legendary pianist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Johnnie Johnson.

  • Richard Evans to be honored with 5K race

    Longtime Kingston attorney Richard K. Evans loyally served on the CASA of the 9th District board.

    For all he has done, this year’s Run for the Child 5k run/walk —Saturday morning at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus — is being dedicated in his honor.

    Evans was an integral part of the CASA financial committee as the organization, which serves abused and neglected children in Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties, was in its formative years.

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  • Kingston Rotary also make good flippers

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted its annual pancake breakfast and silent auction in February.

    More than 175 people were served, and a great time was had by all as folks enjoyed good food and visited with friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition.

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Real video’ holding us all accountable


    First Amendment Center

    “Seeing is believing,” or so the saying goes.

    We certainly can “see” more than ever in this era of 24/7 news, omnipresent street surveillance, police “body cams” and cellphone video — and that fits nicely into the First Amendment’s role in providing for both press and citizen “watchdogs on government.”

  • Hazardous waste day May 2 in Roane County

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Roane County on May 2.

    Items should be dropped at Roane County Recycling Center at 215 White Pine Road from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals and paint thinner.

  • Spot reappraisals scrutinized

    Accusations about spot reappraising continue to follow Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan.

    The issue came up in March when T.H. Brown, chairman of the Roane County Board of Equalization, sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “There appears to be a pattern of judgment and spot reappraising on improvement values, as well as significant reductions in land,” Brown said in the letter dated March 16.

    The letter was accompanied with 83 change-of-assessment certification forms.

  • Students enjoy classroom on water

    A group of Oliver Springs High School students climbed aboard a barge and saw firsthand how the lessons taught in science class could be used in real life.

    Earlier this month, the students joined other area high school students in the experience with Living Lands & Waters, a nonprofit environmental organization geared toward river cleanup and education.

    “I’m so glad I took the risk,” said Oliver Springs High School teacher Toni Channell. “This sounded like such an awesome opportunity, I decided to go with my gut.”

  • Form and fitness convince Kingston’s Lane to compete

    It’s one thing to work out. It’s another to work out with a purpose.

    That is why David Lane decided to test his muscle-building limits by entering a competition as motivation.

    It will be his first.

    “I’m just really goal-oriented, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to have something to work toward,” Lane said.

    “Anybody could do it. It is all about having goals, determination and drive,” Lane said.

  • Rockwood moves quickly to rezone for development

    Two developers told Rockwood officials they have some good retail prospects for property adjacent to Tyler Pointe Road close to Walmart and Heritage Hills Apartments.

    Rockwood City Council approved a first reading to rezone the property from residential to commercial.