Today's News

  • Kingston Lions Club holds pancake breakfast March 16

    The Kingston Lions Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Kingston First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

    The menu will include pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

    The cost for the breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.

    Table sponsorships are available for $50 and the sponsor receives four free tickets.

    Guests at this year’s breakfast will be served by Special Olympic athletes.

  • Tennessee Coalition for Open Government: Government business is not a trade secret

    By Deborah Fisher

    Government officials have found an effective way to keep secrets, especially when they don’t want taxpayers and voters to know about sweetheart deals with favored businesses.

    It works something like this.

    First, the government officials sign a non-disclosure agreement with the business that says that anything in an upcoming government contract with the business could be considered proprietary, a trade secret or otherwise confidential information of the business, and not disclosable under Tennessee Public Records law.

  • Workshop gives small biz finance tips

    On Saturday, April 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE will host a free workshop on financial assistance options for small businesses.

    Come learn about SBA and USDA loan programs to assist in starting, operating, maintaining, or expanding a small business.

    The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at The Roane Alliance.

    For more information and to register, please access: http://ow.ly/w1rx30nYgL6

  • Y-12 shows engineering is for girls

    The Y-12 National Security Complex is helping to open doors and close the gender gap in engineering fields.

    Y-12 recently hosted its eighth annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering (IGTE) at the site’s New Hope Center.

    The one-day event, held in conjunction with Engineers Week, gave young female students an opportunity to discover and explore science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) careers alongside Y-12 and Uranium Processing Facility Project scientists and engineers.


    A recent study shows the most successful women surround themselves with other women, and a program coordinated by the Roane Chamber is doing just that.

    The Chamber held its first session of the 2019 Women’s Executive Program at Greenwood School last week.

    The first speaker to present a talk was Danice Turpin, director of Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman, who spoke on the importance of mentors and mentoring others.

  • Mobile food pantry coming to Midtown

    The Second Harvest Food Bank will have its mobile foods pantry at Midtown Elementary beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

    Food is distributed to first come, first served and the pantry will remain at the location until all the food is gone.

    Midtown Elementary is at 2830 Roane State Hwy.

    This food pantry is sponsored by TVA and coordinated by Compassion Ministries and Family Resource Center of Roane County Schools.

    For information contact Nancy Chrisman 882-3700 ext. 1908 or Craig Freeman at 466-0481.

  • Harriman makes plans for the future with strategic plan

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council adopted a new strategic plan last Tuesday.

    “The strategic plan allows you the opportunity to come together as a group and take a look at the strengths within your community, which you can build upon,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    “It also gives you an opportunity to look at where you may be lacking and be able to focus on those areas.”

    Having all the players together is a vital part of the planning meeting.

  • KPD charges one for child neglect, drugs

    Kingston police responded to the Dollar General next to the Roane County Jail on Thursday to investigate a report about an intoxicated female in the store with a young child.

    Sgt Tony Guy said the woman, identified as Linda Young, could hardly maintain her balance when he encountered her in the back of the store.

    “Ms. Young was intoxicated to the point that she was a danger to herself and the public,” the police report said. “Linda Young was in no shape to take care or tend to the 5-year-old male that she had custody of.”

  • Roane County heads to Nashville
  • Kingston ponders adjusting beer sale distance regulation

    For the second time this year the issue of beer sales in Kingston has come before the city council.

    At a workshop last Tuesday, March 5, council heard from Judd Garbett, a representative of Rocky Top Markets. Garbett said that he would like the council to approve a permit for selling beer at the Rocky Top Market on First Street in Kingston.

    He said the business was hoping to increase fuel sales by adding beer to the store’s retail offerings.