Today's News

  • Kingston man arrested for exposing self to child

    An arrest was made over the weekend in an incident in which a man allegedly exposed himself to a child at the Harriman Kroger late last month.

    James Tipton Lands, 53, of 214 Walnut Road, Kingston, was taken into custody Friday evening by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    He was charged with indecent exposure and driving on a revoked and suspended license with warrants being taken out by Harriman Police Department’s Dan Schneider.

  • GUEST OPINION: Freedom and ‘magic’ collide in U.S. courts

    First Amendment Center
    Now you see it.

    Now you don’t ... or don’t copy it, at least.

    Magician Teller of “Penn and Teller” sued another magician in 2012 in federal court in Nevada over what Teller asserted was a copycat performance of Teller’s signature trick, “Shadows,” and his competitor’s offer to sell the secret behind the illusion.

  • KINGSTON: City ponders fate of surplus funds

    The members of Kingston City Council have a problem — but it’s the kind officials like to have.

    The council will ponder a handful of options concerning leftover funds from its recent city hall project. They’ll probably figure out what to do at their April council sessions.

    The city borrowed some $2 million a couple of years ago, for purchase and renovation of the former medical plaza at 900 Waterford Place.

    The building is now home to the new Kingston City Hall.

  • Kingston chili-cookoff raises funds for Fourth of July event

    The city of Kingston held their first fundraising event for the Smokin' The Water July 4th event. A chili cool off was held between the city departments and a silent auction.

    The event raised a little over $2000 toward the annual July 4th event.

    This year will mark the return of the American Power Boat Association boat races along with one of the largest fireworks shows in the state.

    The departments were competing for the Golden Ladle Award. Rick Ross with Kingston Parks and Recreation was the winner of the event.

  • United Way director resigns

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Amy Harmon has announced her resignation effective May 30.

    Harmon, who has been United Way director since January 2012, is stepping aside from her post to spend more quality time with
    her family, including husband Travis and 1-year-old daughter Elise.

    “The Roane County United Way and its mission will always be in my heart, and I know the organization and its community partners will continue to focus on creating lasting change with excellence in Roane County,” she said.

  • Meetings to discuss Watts Bar Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled two April 9 meetings to discuss construction inspection and oversight of Watts Bar Unit 2.

    The unit is to be built near Spring City, which neighbors Roane County to the southwest.

    The plant is being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which also operates Unit 1 at the site.

    The first session will begin at 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, Athens, adjacent to Interstate 75.

  • Genealogical workshop scheduled

    Avery Trace Chapter NSDAR will present a genealogical workshop on April 26 in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 190 Circle Drive, West Hills,  Harriman.

    Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and class starts at 9:30.

    Volunteer genealogist Shirley Smith and genealogy consultant Marcia Pickel will be the instructors.

    Cost is $10 per person to cover instructional material and refreshments.

    Those planning to attend are required to pre-register by April 18 by calling 458-5033.

  • Look Back: a little something from our files for week of March 31

    25 Years Ago
    Authorities throughout East Tennessee were looking for two machine gun-toting men who robbed Harriman Revco and at one time were thought to be holding employees hostage inside the store. Employees were in the process of closing the store when the 9 p.m. incident occurred. An undetermined amount of cash and drugs were taken.

    10 Years Ago

  • City & County Meetings

    • Rockwood Golf Board will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood Country Club.

    • Harriman Housing Authority Board will meet in special-called session at 4 p.m. in the authority office on Sewanee Street. Purpose of the meeting is to consider and possibly take action on Phase 2 of gas rehabilitation.

    • Kingston City Council will meet in budget session at 8:30 a.m. in Kingston City Hall at 900 Waterford Place.

  • Things You Should Know

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    • Hospice volunteer training and education will be provided in two sessions from noon to 4 p.m. April 2 and 4 in Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston. Prospective volunteers for Amedisys Hospice must attend both sessions; RSVP by calling 689-7123.