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Today's News

  • AA Blue Devils win Dixie Youth title
  • Kingston All-Stars win sub-district tourney

     

    The Kingston A All-Stars brought home the Dixie Youth District 8 A west sub-district title Tuesday evening with a 13-5 five-inning victory over Lake City in a game played at Spring City.

    Tuesday’s victory capped an impressive tourney run for Kingston. The Jackets went 4-0 in the tourney, and they won all four games via the slaughter rule.

  • Rocky wants no hard-nosed sentencer

    Rocky Houston doesn’t want to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves.

    In a motion filed on June 15, Houston attorney Michael McGovern contends Reeves should recuse himself because of what he was exposed to during the trials and sentencing of Leon Houston, who is Rocky Houston’s older brother.

    Leon was tried in federal court for possession of firearms while under the influence of an illegal substance and using a telephone communication to threaten to kill Cleveland, Tenn., attorney James Logan.

  • TVA tracks at Swan Pond coming up

    As TVA’s ash spill cleanup winds down at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Swan Pond, an important element of effort is being removed.

    TVA will be taking up railroad tracks that cross the roadway near the plant. The rails were installed for the cleanup after the Dec. 22, 2008, spill.

    Much of Swan Pond Road will be closed on Monday, June 23, for the removal, which TVA is paying for.

  • REU transformer problem douses lights

    Much of Rockwood lost power Monday after a late afternoon transformer problem.

    Rockwood Police directed traffic at intersections for several hours until power was restored.

    The problem was at Rockwood’s primary substation, said Kendall Bear, Rockwood Electric Utility manager.

    Bear estimated 4,000 to 5,000 customers were impacted by the outage.

    Two transformers were both de-energized when the breakers that feed them tripped.

    One transformer has been isolated and the load switched to the other while TVA runs diagnostics.

  • CSI: Roane County Youth Edition

    A group of middle school-aged students were immersed in their own crime scene investigation this summer.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Youth Academy was like a “CSI” spinoff that took place at Roane County High School.

    Instead of relaxing by the pool or playing video games, these students were able to get a better look into what the sheriff’s office does and what all goes into law enforcement.

    There’s another benefit.

  • Cooling-off period proposed for Harriman council

    Harriman elected officials may find it harder to seek city employment after they have served.

    A policy proposed by Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright would require at least four years between an elected official’s time in office and any employment with the city.

    “I think it is a good ordinance,” Wright said.

    He said he’d heard from residents who were concerned a city official might resign and seek an office like the newly established city manager position.

  • Tornado brush cleanup big job

    Kingston, designated an official “Tree City” by the Arbor Day Foundation, might well be called Brushburg lately.

    After last week’s tornado, piles of the stuff are everywhere.

    City manager David Bolling said the city is working to clear that away as quickly as possible.

    The tornado came without warning Tuesday, June 10, skiping along a forested ridge that parallels busy Kentucky Street.

    Although no one was seriously hurt, 80-mph winds caused extensive damage to trees, signs and powerlines.

  • The Garden Gate: Tell those flies to bug off with a mint bouquet

    Perhaps now is the time to give recognition to a native American plant that grows abundantly in 48 states.

    The seeds of this plant are high in vitamin C and are enjoyed equally by people and birds.

    And its showy flower heads grow to monumental proportions.

    Of course, a sunflower with a bloom 1 foot or more across is hard to miss — and it is fully spectacular enough to merit some attention.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 18

    25 Years Ago