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  • BOWERS ELEMENTARY: Thanksgiving also provides food for soul
  • Kingston library has no-fine December

    December is fine-free month at Kingston Public Library.

    If you have an overdue book or two, but are worried about having to pay fines, now’s your chance at forgiveness.

    The library is making the transition to new Verso library operating software, so it is giving patrons a chance to return their overdue books, audiobooks and DVDs without reprimand or fine.

    Fine Free days are Dec. 1-31.

    Those who ignore their overdue status will no longer be allowed to check out any items.

    Library workers are available to answer questions about the fine status and the Verso software.

  • Richie loved Roane
  • Whaley reflects on first year


    Chris Whaley knew what he was getting into when he became Roane State Community College’s newest president.

    As a long-time employee and former student, he hit the ground running with an intricate understanding of the college’s inner workings. It didn’t hurt that his father, Lowell Whaley, was an accountant with the college from its start.

    “I cannot remember a time in my life where I didn’t have some association with Roane State,” Whaley said recently.

  • High speed chase renders charges

    A Powell man is accused of leading Oliver Springs police on a dangerous high speed chase.

    Larry Eugene Ward Jr. was arrested on Nov. 19, but the chase occurred on Nov. 2.

    According to an arrest warrant, Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham stopped a Chevrolet Cruze “for what appeared to be an unsecured load.”

    The car took off on Harriman Highway when Graham approached the driver’s side.

  • Wrestler Kane bringing views to Roane State

    You know him for his signature chokeslam.

    What you may not know is that WWE wrestler Kane is a political activist, an accomplished author, and a student of history, politics and economics.

    Glenn Jacobs, known as Kane in professional wrestling, will speak at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

    Call it the Clash in the City Room or the Rumble at Roane State if you wish, but Jacobs will not be talking about half-nelsons.

    Instead, he’ll share his views on a variety of political issues.

  • Let’s make a duel

    Dueling knights, minstrels, wenches, knaves, kings, queens and more are closer than ever to coming to Harriman.

    Harriman City Council considered the lease agreement with Darkhorse Design Inc., a company anxious to get started so they can have a fair open for several weekends next year. City attorney Harold Balcom suggested a few contract tweaks before the council puts it to a vote — probably at the Dec. 3 meeting.

  • Kid sending soldiers sweet reward

    One of the items deployed troops miss most about the United States is sweets.

    When Ryan Dubois, a fifth-grader at Midtown Elementary School learned that fact, he decided to do something about it.

    Ryan took on an effort he called Project Candy to raise the spirits of military men and women this holiday season.

    “They do so much for us,” Ryan said. “I just decided why not let them have some taste from home.”

    Through his effort, his school collected more than 330 pounds of candy.

  • Alliance CEO sets date for retirement

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance for the past decade, has announced her retirement effective at the end of March 2014.

    “Although I struggled with this decision,” Henderson said in a letter to Alliance officials, “I feel now that it is the right time to start on the next phase of my life and start working on some of that bucket list — travel, writing, project work, family time, and maybe even some business ventures of my own.

  • Firm wants ash safety suit dismissed

    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has responded to the federal lawsuit Knoxville attorney James K. Scott filed in August.

    The lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs and accused Jacobs of lying to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash.

    The attorneys for Jacobs, Kenneth S. Schrupp, Jefferson C. Orr and S. Joseph Welborn, are asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.