Today's News


    Science is not some students’ favorite subject during the day.

    The laughter heard from one Cherokee Middle School classroom would make one think otherwise.

    Nathan Shell’s sixth-grade science class created games in the style of “Minute-to-Win-It” as another way to learn about how energy is transformed.

    “This is a fun and different way of learning instead of sitting in our seats,” Shell said.

    “We are up and moving.”

  • Nichols takes over McClure’s Kingston Council seat

    Kingston City Council members decided to go with experience in filling the seat of late council member Kevin McClure.

    Former council member Teresa Nichols was appointed to McClure’s seat during the Feb. 11 full council session.

    The seat was left vacant when McClure died after a battle with cancer in late 2013.

    The term will expire in November.

    Nichols was previously elected to council in 2007. She served until 2011 and acted as vice mayor for the final two years of her term.

  • New grant to aid in recycling efforts

    A new grant will make recycling for Roane County residents even more accessible.

    The county received a $265,000 Hub and Spoke grant for a new baler at the Recycling Center and for a recycling program to put bins in Harriman, Kingston, Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

    “There wasn’t many grants awarded. I feel very fortunate we wound up getting this,” said Ralph Stewart, the Roane County Solid Waste director.

  • Yager pitches electrocution for Death Row inmates

    Electrocute them. That’s state Sen. Ken Yager’s solution when problems arise with lethal injections in Tennessee.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, there are 76 people on Death Row.

    Yager, R-Kingston, introduced a bill in the Senate earlier this month that could determine how they die.

    The Department of Correction said lethal injection is the primary method of execution in Tennessee, but the state has reportedly had problems obtaining the drugs needed to carry out that form of capital punishment.

  • Children to play big part in Roane Choral Society concert on March 1

    Roane Choral Society will present “Americana: Our Musical Heritage” at 7 p.m. March 1 in the Princess Theatre in Harriman.

    Admission is by suggested donation of $10 per person. Befitting the historical venue, the performance will include pioneer, folk, gospel and spiritual songs.

    In keeping with the theme, antiques and quilts will be displayed in the lobby.

  • Kingston CPAs merge with Nashville firm

    Representatives of Kingston’s Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C. have signed a merger agreement with Collinsworth, Bright and Co., P.C., of Nashville.

    The accounting firms will now operate as Uselton, Clay and Bright, P.C. — or UC&B.

    UC&B is a full-service accounting firm able to provide comprehensive tax, accounting and financial services that encompass nearly every aspect of business and personal finance, including taxation, accounting and auditing, valuation, business management and other such services.

  • TCAT offers staffers’ years of service to school


  • Roane jobless figures steady

    Roane County maintained a 7.2-percent unemployment rate through November and December, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s down from the 7.5-percent rate the county registered in December 2012.

    The latest figures show that 24,500 in the county’s 26,410-strong workforce were employed during December.

    The state rate, at 7.3 percent, and the national 6.5-percent national rate fell 0.1 percent during the month.

  • Food City stores applaud workers’ volunteerism

     Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Charles Tyler Morris of the Harriman store was honored for his work with fire departments in Harriman, Midtown and Rockwood; as well as volunteering with Operation REACH, Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Roane County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Devan Franklin for her work with Lenoir City First Baptist Church and South Harriman Baptist Church.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Big-city offerings not as vast as China New Buffet

    “I drove 12,000 miles to enjoy my fourth time to eat at China New Buffet in Rockwood,” Bobbi Abbey said.

    “I’ve been so impressed with the food and prices.”

    Bobbi grew up in Rockwood and now lives in Wisconsin.

    On our recent “Out to Lunch” adventure, she and her parents, Bob and Jonell Cundiff of Rockwood, were seated in a booth across the aisle from my wife, Carol and me.

    Bob is a retired salesman, who called on East Tennessee auto body shops for their replacement parts needs.