Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Be sure to make time to eat, shop at Country Kinfolk Café

    Thanks to Darlene Brandel for telling me about Country Kinfolk Marketplace and Café in Lenoir City.

    She is a fellow member of Kingston First Baptist Church, and one of my “Out To Lunch” restaurant scouts.

    As you enter the Country Kinfolk Café parking lot, on your left you’ll see a bunch of great garden art and treasures suitable for a porch, garden or hillside.

    The location is the former home of a Loudon sock manufacturer, with lots of additions.

  • Play it safe: Putting important papers under lock and key may not be the best protection

    Some natural disasters are more common in the summer. But major events like hurricanes, tornadoes and fires can strike any time.

    “It’s a good idea to plan for what to do in case of a disaster,” said Dan Boone, spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service.

    “You can help make your recovery easier by keeping your tax and financial records safe.”

    Basic steps Boone recommends include:

  • Births: Dec. 6, 2013-April 17, 2014

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    Dec. 6 — Kayla Melhorn, Oliver Springs. A boy, Skylar Brady, 8 pounds, 0 ounces. Grandparents: Reneha Melhorn and the late Henry Melhorn.

    Jan. 4 — Malori Lemons, Rockwood. A girl, Palmer, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Sibling: Rylee. Grandparents: Debbie Lemons; Chuck Lemons.

  • Arrests: June 16-19, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 16 — Marisha Jeanette Hartness, 35, 002 Tennessee St., Harriman: criminal trespassing. Bond $1,000; court date July 28.

    • Phillip Anthony Tate, 41, 180 Oak Drive, Kingston: attachment, violation of probation. Total bond $50,900; court date Aug. 11

  • General Sessions Court: Feb. 10-19, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Feb. 10 — Jeremy A. Grogan, improper lane change, window tinted: bound over.

    • Bryan Browne, seat belt 18 and older, contributing to delinquency of a child: dismissed.

    • Joey Lane Colyer, simple possession/casual exchange: guilty.

    • K.G. Gallaher Jr., written report of accident, leave scene of accident-property damage: dismissed.

  • Ham operators gear up for Field Day

    The Roane County Amateur Radio Club will participate in the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day this weekend.

    Exercises will take place from 2 p.m. June 28 until 2 p.m. June 29 at Fort Southwest Point pavilion, Kingston.

    The public is encouraged to attend and hear more about the Roane County Amateur Radio Club and amateur radio, commonly referred to as “ham” radio.

    The AARL, which is the association promoting amateur radio in the U.S., sets aside the fourth full weekend of June for Field Day.

  • Free skin cancer screening offered this week in Roane

    The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road To Healthy Skin Tour will make a stop at Kingston Rite-Aid this week to offer free full-body skin cancer screenings to the public.

    Two private examination rooms will be available in a specially designed vehicle.

    Members of the public may stop by for screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26 at Kingston Rite-Aid at 106 W. Race St.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 23

    Get-well wishes to Carolyn Clemmons, who recently had eye surgery in Oak Ridge.

    She is at home but still under the doctor’s care. We wish you a speedy recovery.

    St. Mary’s Baptist Church sang the birthday song to Allen Hickman, June 19; Denice Bolton, June 28; and to Carolyn Clemmons, June 28.

    After a prayer, they were given a small gift.

    Ronnie and Danielle Scott will celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary on June 27.

    They were married June 27, 1998.

    They are the parents of two children.

  • County workers poised for pay raise

    Roane County has yet to complete the budget process for the 2014-15 fiscal year, but employees and property owners might find something pleasing about where the budget stands right now.

    It calls for a 3-percent raise for county employees — and no increase in the property tax rate.

    “The employees have served us well over the last few years without raises,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Candidates for sheriff open up at 2nd debate

    Last week’s debate between Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton and challenger Jared Hall was more lively than the one they had in April.

    The pair tackled some of the same topics, but there was more back-and-forth discussion this time.

    “Whether we use the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program or something like it, I will offer it back to Roane County Schools,” Hall said.

    “I feel, based on my past experience working with the school system right here in Roane County, that they will be more than eager to accept it.”