Today's News

  • Dictionaries for third-graders at Midway, Kingston

    Kingston Rotary Club and Cherokee Middle School Interact Club recently gave dictionaries to each third-grader at Kingston and Midway elementary schools.

    The Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood annually provide dictionaries to all third-graders in the Roane County school system to promote literacy.

    “Dictionaries are very important at this grade level, as it is where the focus changes from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’,”said Kingston Rotarian Deborah Alexander-Davis.

  • Police ID I-40 body, but still unsure what happened to him

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol on Thursday released the name of the man whose body was found early Christmas morning on Interstate 40 in Roane County.

    THP criminal investigators identified the man as Brian William Taylor of Heath Springs, S.C.

    Taylor is described as a 42-year-old white male, wearing blue jeans, a blue and white plaid flannel shirt and tan work boots.

    THP said its Criminal Investigation Division is looking into every possible scenario, including foul play.

  • Kingston city councilman dies


    Longtime Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure has died.

    McClure, 46, lost a battle with colon cancer Sunday.

    McClure, who had held a city council seat for more than a decade, was a champion of small-business interests.

    A tall, burly man, he had his own landscaping business, often hurrying into city council meetings still in his work clothes.

  • Another death for city of Kingston

    Kingston police officer Tim Arnold died Saturday.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Arnold, 50, was captain over the reserve division and also worked as a part-time patrolman.

    “Our guys got a call to go to his house on Saturday for a medical emergency,” Washam said. “We got there and CPR was already in progress by some of the family. My guys, first responders for the fire department and Roane County ambulance service responded.”

    Washam said Arnold was taken to Roane Medical Center.

  • Three’s a crowd
  • Yard waste solution: Sausage power?

    As brush piles grow bigger for small communities like those in Roane County, a green waste recycling project may be the solution.

    “We have a lot,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe. “It costs about $10,000 a year,”

    Harriman’s ever-growing pile is on city property on Fiske Heights.

    It needs to be dealt with for a Renaissance Festival that wants to locate on the property. The entry to the proposed fair site is where the sizable pile is now.

  • Movie tickets for blood donors

    Medic Regional Blood Center is struggling to meet the needs of area hospitals and will offer a special holiday incentive to get people to roll up their sleeve. Each donor on Monday, Dec. 30, will receive a pair of Regal Cinema movie passes with no expiration date.

    “We usually give away a single pass to donors, but we are in desperate need for donors and thought we would offer two tickets to sweeten the pot,” said Christi Fightmaster, director of public relations.

  • K-25 plant demolition a notable moment in history

    A significant piece of national and Roane County history came down last week with the final demolition of the K-25 building.

    “A number of people from Roane County worked up there,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They helped build it, and once it was built they worked in the facility.”

    K-25, built in 1943, was part of the Manhattan Project. It was once the world’s largest building under one roof.

  • Perfect holidays are rarely in the cards, but how to cope?

    During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” a Vanderbilt psychiatrist says.

    In other words, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and deal head-on with some of the stressors of the season.

  • Website aimed at schoolchildren’s parents

    The Tennessee School Boards Association has developed a site, MyTennesseePublicSchools.net, with the idea that parents shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for answers to questions they have about public schools.

    Information should be easy to find.

    MyTennesseePublicSchools.net is a collection of resources and need-to-know information to help parents help their child rensucceed in public school.