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Today's News

  • New ISO could save 7-8% in fire insurance

    The improved ISO fire protection rating in Kingston offers multiple benefits to residents and homeowners.

    The reduction of Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating from a 4 to a 2 means residents can sleep better knowing they have some of the best fire protection in the state.

    The new rating can also mean discounts on fire protection insurance, said Johnny Griffin, president of Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston.

  • Five-year plan includes goals for Watkins evaluation

    The Roane County Board of Education has a “Director Evaluation Committee” that met last week and discussed a five-year plan for the school system. That plan could include goals that might be used to evaluate Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Fort prime example of revisionism

    By Mark Banker

    The recent opening of the National Museum of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., reveals an important, generally overlooked historical message that could have profound implications for our ongoing schools debate in Roane County.

    With laser-like focus on the practice of lynching, the Montgomery museum is only one of numerous new institutions that focus on aspects of our nation’s long-overlooked struggle over civil rights. Indeed, those museums’ growth are the latest round in that cause.

  • Pair of juvenile boys arrested for setting home ablaze

    Two juveniles are accused of setting an empty Harriman Housing Authority home on fire early Monday morning.

    The house fire was at 1738 Bennett Circle.

    “We’ll be placing charges against them,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

    A Harriman Police Department press release said Detectives Sgt. Kent Warren and Brian Turner apprehended the two boys responsible for the fire later on Monday.

    Detectives received a tip from the former tenant of the home who told them the youths had been at the home the previous night.

  • WHEEL TAX ON BALLOT

    Roane County voters could head to the polls in November to decide whether the county will implement a $50 wheel tax to help fund the Board of Education’s $68 million school building plan, the County Commission decided on Monday.

    For many Commissioners, putting the wheel tax on the ballot is a way to ensure voters have a say in the controversial $68 million plan.

  • Voters to decide on wheel tax in November

    Roane County voters will head to the polls in November to decide whether the county will implement a $50 wheel tax to help fund the $68 million school plan, the County Commission decided on Monday.

    For many Commissioners, putting the wheel tax on the ballot is a way to ensure voters have a say in a controversial $68 million school building plan that would include closing three high schools and consolidating them into a new facility the Board of Education hopes to build near Roane State Community College.

  • Kelley's widow to complete husband's Commission term

    Roane County Commission voted Monday to allow the late Steve Kelley's widow to serve the remainder of his District 4 Commission term.

    Renee Kelley was sworn in during a 10-minute break and sat with the Commission afterward.

    She will serve until Aug. 31 in the seat her late husband held for almost two terms. That's when Steve Kelley's term expires; Renee Kelley is not seeking the seat in the Aug. 2 election.

  • Roane State golf plans fundraiser

    Roane State Community College will bring back men’s golf and add women’s golf for the Fall 2018 season.

    The effort is led by volunteer Chris Griffin of Oak Ridge, who played golf for Roane State in the late 1970s. Griffin will also serve as golf coach for the 2018-19 academic year.

    Griffin has organized a golf tournament to raise funds for the new teams. The tournament will be held on Monday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge Country Club.

  • Two more Kingston standouts sign
  • Soccer postseason game round-up

    Monday night started off district tournament action in the area for soccer. That brought the Oliver Springs Bobcats taking on the Rockwood-Midway soccer team on the evening.

    In the opening round contest, it found both teams playing with everything on the line as the winner advanced, and the losing team had to hang their cleats up for the season.