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Today's News

  • Driver in fatal wreck admits to using meth

    The man charged with vehicular homicide in an Aug. 7 wreck admitted to using meth, according to a warrant filed in the case.

    Anthony Taylor has been in custody at the Roane County Jail since he got released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Aug. 14.

    The crash happened on Riggs Chapel Road. Taylor was reportedly driving a Geo Tracker when he ran off the road and struck a tree. His passenger, Timothy Taylor, was killed.

  • Duo charged in meth bust

    Checking out a call about a suspicious vehicle ended with Harriman Police Officer Logan Vitatoe taking a suspected 14-plus grams of methamphetamine off the streets.

    Vitatoe answered a July 26 call regarding suspicious activity at 149 McNew Drive, where a caller told police they heard an alarm activate and saw a man and woman wearing backpacks leaving in a silver vehicle and heading toward West Hills Drive’s bridge.

    The officer spotted the suspected vehicle and couple matching the description a short time later and stopped them at 1034 S. Roane St.

  • Teen arrested for threat to Roane High

    A teen was arrested Thursday for making an alleged “threatening statement” toward Roane County High School.

    “He was charged for false report – 14-year-old juvenile,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    No one was hurt.

    “We appreciate the cooperation of the Roane County Sheriff’s Department to fully address this incident to the extent of the law,” Roane County Schools said in a Facebook post.

  • New use for historic Pennybacker house

    Kingston’s newest location for events and other gatherings is at one of the city’s most historic structures.

    Known as the Pennybacker House, the beautiful white house at 411 North Third St., has been the home of numerous restaurants and is now getting new life as the Jim Henry Event Center thanks to Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates.

    “We are going to use the grounds out here for special events throughout the year,” said Realtor Kathy May Martin.

  • Business planning workshop coming to Kingston in Sept.

    The Roane Alliance and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center of Oak Ridge will present a free business planning workshop next month.

    Jutta Bangs, Center director, will lead the session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    This program introduces business owners or managers to the diversity of government purchasing.

    This workshop covers the fundamentals of writing a business plan and is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment.

  • Have a cuppa and unwind at Our Town

    When Kingston natives Matt and Robin Melton thought about starting a business, they were looking to create something that would be an asset to the town.

    Our Town, a new coffee shop on Race Street across from the Roane County Courthouse, will be a place where the community can gather, Matt said.

    “Hopefully we can have a good effect on the community,” he said.

    Robin said one of their goals is to contribute to the community.

    “I want to give back, to help others,” she said.

  • Business Briefs

    • United Community Banks Inc. recently named H. Lynn Harton as CEO. United Community Banks has an office in Kingston.

    • Life Care Center of Morgan County, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Wartburg, recently welcomed Don Tyndall as its new executive director. He served as director of rehab for more than 12 years and has been with Life Care since 2002. A physical therapist assistant, he has worked in health care for more than 30 years.

  • Going With the Flo: Time for Americans to be accountable for officials

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans and Christians have ignored their responsibility and accountability for elected officials who make unwise, immoral decisions. We, the citizens, placed them in office!

    Deuteronomy 16:18-20 admonished us to elect leaders who would uphold justice, be completely impartial, and avoid even the temptation of bribes.

    Being responsible for the condition of our nation, we share the guilt and consequences of poor leadership — even if we failed to vote.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Don’t build a wall. Send in the Marines!

    Gentle reader, as the sun slowly repositions itself southward, it seems timely to bring up a couple of items that we have intended to mention for some time concerning the area of the planet south of us that has given rise to problems and headlines for some time now.

  • Guest column: Harriman women vital to suffrage movement

    By Patricia Pierce

    It was 98 years ago this weekend that women’s right to vote became law.

    In a long, hard-fought battle of 72 years, 27 million women in the United State in 1920 won the right to vote by an action taken by Tennessee.

    On Aug. 26, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which was the required number of states at the time for the Amendment to become law.

    Unfortunately, this is a part of Tennessee’s and the United States’ history that far too many people aren’t aware of.