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Today's News

  • Flipped truck stalls traffic

    Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 in West Roane County when a tractor trailer carrying pet supplies overturned last week. The tractor trailer stretched out across all eastbound lanes of traffic at mile marker 341 and stalled traffic from the afternoon into the evening. The driver was sent to Roane Medical for minor injuries, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

  • Good food — and lots of it — at Farmers Family Restaurant

    On my trips to the Tupelo, Miss., Furniture Market, my wife, Carol, and I plan ahead for a lunch stop in Dickson at Farmers Family Restaurant.

    “Fresh Country Cooking Buffet Style At Its Best” is its motto.

    It is — and for such a bargain price, you’ll wonder what the catch is. You can’t have a carry-out box for leftovers.

    On a recent Mississippi furniture trip, our South Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease, rode with us.

  • Jobless rate down statewide

    All of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported decreased unemployment rates in April, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County, the state and national jobless rates were 5.9 percent in April.

    For the county, that’s a decrease of 1.1 percent.

    Tennessee’s unemployment rate was down by 1.2 percent from March, and the U.S. rate was down by 0.9 percent.

  • Goldberg Leadership Institute graduates
  • Next stop: kindergarten
  • Harriman Happenings June 9

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Jadah Gallaher and Roderick Drummond, who lost their lives due to an accident.

    There are a lot of prayers from concerned people.

    Jadah is the daughter of the Rev. Willie and Sister Missy Gallaher.

    Rod, as we call him, was a wonderful young man. He came from a Christian home.

    They will be missed. Let’s continue to lift both families in prayer.

    Get-well wishes to Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass, who were hurt in the train and car accident.

  • Donate blood, get a free movie pass

    Medic Regional Blood Center has a special offer for all donors who give blood on June 11-12.

    Anyone who donates on those days will receive one free Regal Cinema movie pass that has no expiration date.

    This special incentive is designed to help boost the inventory during the slow summer season, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic’s public relations.

    “We are happy to have this opportunity to offer something that our donors really appreciate,” she said.

  • Sewage plant changes will improve things for STEP users

    Kingston water board members have created steps for STEPs — and now city sewage customers can feel a little better about waste.

    A few years ago, having upgraded its wastewater treatment plant, the city of Kingston placed a moratorium on so-called STEP, or septic tank effluent pumping systems, because the plant lacked a receiving station to dispose of the waste from those systems.

    Now, with the recent wastewater facility expansion, Kingston has a receiving station. 

  • Church mouse prompts book

    Myra Humphrey heard a story that needed to be told when she learned the tale of how a mouse once got into the organ at Kingston First Baptist Church. 

    “The thought came to me ― had to be from God ― that the story is yours to write. My feeling was where did that come from? I’ve never written a children’s book. I came home. I put it on paper. My daughter (Melanie Scott) is a good artist, so I asked her about doing some illustrations for the book, which she did,” Humphrey said. 

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ad says vote NO on the Taliban amendment!

    Gentle reader, if you are like us, you have never before heard of “Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy, Inc.,”  but we stand in awe of their “maiden” advertising effort against Proposed Amendment 1, to be voted upon in the November general election. 

    In case you missed it, the ad we refer to ran on page 15A of the Knoxville News Sentinel dated Sunday, 25 May, 2014, in which it takes up three-quarters of the page.