Today's News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 28

    25 Years Ago
    Dr. Robert Booher, a specialist in addictionology at Mountain View Recovery Center in Maryville, presented the Roane County Task Force Against Drug Abuse with the newest research data. “Chemical dependency, in the form of alcoholism or as an addiction to any other type of mood-altering drug, is a primary medical disease,” he said. Once the addict and his family understand the disease concept, hope can be regained; treatment can be sought; and recovery can begin.

    10 Years Ago

  • General Sessions Court: Sept. 13-17, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 13 — Larry W. Ashburn, theft of property $500-$1,000, criminal simulation. Recalled arrest process.

    • Freda L. Oldham, financial responsibility law, speeding. Traffic tickets paid in full.

    • Veronica L. Leon, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Clarence E. Summers, seat belt 18 and older. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Property Transfers: Sept. 11-28, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Sept. 11-28:

    • From Jean Daniels Evans and Elizabeth Jean Evans to John Michael Evans by deed, Dist. 3, 2 tracts Euclid Avenue, $0.

    • From Chad L. Galyon to Chad L. Galyon and Brittany M. Galyon by deed, Dist. 5, 2.3 acres, Bradshaw Hollow Road, $0.

    • From Drucilla S. McCarroll, Alvin W. McCarroll Estate and Drucilla McCarroll to Glenda Newcome, Kim Jackson and Robbie Mee by warranty deed, Dist. 1, 2 tracts, $10,000.

  • GUEST OPINION: First Amendment gives us much to be thankful for

    First Amendment Center
    Last week, at a time in which Americans traditionally give thanks, two incidents beyond our shores remind us not to take freedom of expression for granted.

    In China, Zhai Xiaobing’s tweet on Nov. 5 jokingly linking a popular horror movie to the Nov. 8 Communist Party congress led to his arrest on charges of supporting terrorism.

    His tweet, which said “An earthshaking debut will be seen at the global premiere on Nov. 8!,” was apparently a reference to the Great Hall of the People.

  • Senate attack dogs might need to watch wheels

    There’s a curvy shaded lane that leads to the entry of the subdivision where I live.

    Two brindle cur dogs have prowled a particular curve where I must slow down to safely drive through.

    For two years these mutts have crouched in the ditch, camouflaged by their colors, ears laid back and eyes just above the ditch line.

    When they think I have exposed my flank, they attack the cars wheels, snapping and snarling as though to tear them apart.

  • Congress needs to read, think, collaborate

    Center of Congress
    An intriguing conversation about the next step in the fiscal drama is taking place among our elected leaders.

    At this early point it is mostly at an exploratory level, but it’s no less real for that.

    A day after an election in which a changing electorate essentially cemented the status quo in place — re-electing the president and keeping Congress split between the two parties — the stock market swooned.

  • Habitat winds down work on house No. 33

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of a new home at a cul-de-sac on Fisher Street in Kingston.

    Construction began in late spring and is expected to conclude in early 2013 on the project, which will be the 33rd Habitat house built in Roane County since 1992.

    Seven of the homes, including the latest dwelling, are in the same neighborhood near Roane County High School.

  • Free math, algebra tutoring for students, homework helpers and homeschoolers

    Free tutoring in basic math and algebra is being offered at the Kingston Community Center on Tuesday afternoons at 2 beginning immediately.

    Experienced tutor John Shacter is taking anyone who is interested in learning and is in the fourth grade or higher.

    Anyone needing help should come by or call Jo Ann Knies at the community center, or talk to  Shacter at 719-0336.



  • Mr. & Mrs. Owings 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Floyd C. Owings of Rockwood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend.

    Owings and the former Mable Stage were married Dec. 1, 1962, in the parsonage of Kingston’s Four Square Gospel Church, with Marie Broady officiating.

    Son of the late Gus and Bessie Herrell Owings, he is  retired from Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge and is presently employed with Jerry Duncan Ford in Harriman.

  • Blue Devils sweep Spring City

    Both Harriman Middle School Blue Devils teams took the floor Monday night and took care of business against Spring City. 

    The Lady Devils won by a final score of 31-4 and the boys won a hard fought game by a final of 44-39.