Today's News

  • Military Matters: Russel Huggins

    U.S. Army Pvt. Russel Huggins recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    He is the son of Daniel J. Huggins, Rockwood.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

  • Lots to buy, learn at Roane Master Gardeners sale

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will present its annual Helping Tennessee Grow Better Communities Plant Sale and Garden Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    The Master Gardeners will sell specialty plants and other garden-related items.

    “Bring the entire family and come join us for a fun-filled day at the park,” said Barbara Peratrovich, a Master Gardeners member.

    Educational display and prizes will be among the other attractions.

  • Rockwood Concert in Park slated

    A “Concert in the Park” will begin at 6 p.m. May 23 at Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

    Live big-brass band music and food will be provided; the public is welcome to bring a chair or blanket to participate in the community event by Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

  • Book at Archives to aid in research familial lines of Tennessee women

    Frustrated genealogists who have been researching Tennessee ancestors and have hit the proverbial brick wall on a female line have a new resource in Roane County, thanks to a donation from Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

    The DAR has donated a copy of “Legacies of Our Great-Grandmothers: Early Tennessee Women” to the Roane County Archives in the historic Roane County Courthouse.

  • Short-lived canine ambassador will be missed

    Lucy the dachshund made friends everywhere she went — from sedate nursing home visits to more boisterous motorcyle rally fundraisers.

    Daniel Hejny no longer gets to take his beloved 7-year-old pet on such outings anymore. She died on April 21 after falling ill at home in recent weeks.

    “Lucy was the best girl,” said Hejny, a Harriman resident.

    Although small in stature (journalist H.L. Mencken famously remarked that the breed is “a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long), Lucy had a big impact on many she met.


    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.

  • Finishing touches
  • 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.”