Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: How far should we defer to priests’ decisons?

    Gentle reader: In recent days we have witnessed another step in the growing trend on the part of Corporate America to reduce, if not totally eliminate, all service employees.

    We refer to the scene at the checkout area of the Kroger store, a scene duplicated no doubt at Food City, Ingles, and various other emporia.

    These major chain stores have all fallen for the sales pitch on the part of the makers of the self-checkout machinery and bought and installed four, or more, of these atrocities.

  • Late rally lifts Lady Tigers past Harriman, 13-11

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers trailed 6-1 after four innings of play during Tuesday's District 3-A showdown with Harriman, but Guy Thompson's squad roared to life and scored 12 runs in the fifth and sixth innings alone in picking up a 13-11 victory over the Lady Devils.

  • Jackets split with Loudon

    One big inning propelled the Kingston Yellow Jackets to a 13-3 victory over the Loudon Redskins Monday evening at Southwest Point's Legion Field.

    The shoe was on the other foot on Tuesday, however, as one bad inning cost the Jackets in an 8-4 loss at Loudon.

  • Tigers sweep Harriman in 3-A clash

    Jake Witter’s Rockwood Tigers took a big step in securing an opening round bye in the upcoming District 3-A Tournament by picking up a pair of wins over Harriman earlier this week.
    The sweep started on Monday as the Tigers traveled to Harriman and picked up a surprising 20-1 victory over the Blue Devils. Rockwood then won at home on Tuesday, 7-3.

  • Lady Jackets pick up easy wins

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets enjoyed the comforts of home on Monday and Tuesday as Ronnie Ladd’s squad rolled to a pair of easy wins.
    On Monday, Kingston hosted Loudon in a District 4-AA contest and shutout the Lady Redskins, 10-0.
    Tuesday would see the Lady Jackets knock off Meigs County in a non district game, 8-1.
    Monday’s Game
    Kingston’s Samantha Aycock fired a three-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts in picking up the shutout victory over the Lady Redskins.
    Offensively, Kingston played “Home Run Derby” as the Lady Jackets hit three home runs on the evening.

  • Bobcats wrap up title with three games to spare

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats wrapped up the regular season District 4-A title Monday evening with a 3-2 victory at Wartburg.
    The title actually came with three district games left to play as the Bobcats improved to 9-0 in district play and no other team in District 4-A had less than four losses after Monday.
    For Bobcat head coach Tony Kegley, winning the title early has a lot of rewards. The biggest advantage is avoiding playing in the tournament’s play-in games on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5.

  • Lady Waves top Harriman in 10 innings, 6-4

    Fans at Harriman's Flour Mill Flats were treated to a thrilling game Wednesday evening as the Midway Lady Green Waves downed the host Lady Devils in 10 innings, 6-4.
    Much of Wednesday's contest would feature a home run contest between Lady Devil CF Haylee Goins and Midway's Danielle Borum. Both would hit two homers on the day with Harriman's Lindsey Higgins adding a fifth home run for good measure.
    Goins, who hit two long balls 24 hours earlier at Rockwood, opened the scoring in the second inning with a solo home run to left field that gave the Lady Devils a 1-0 lead.

  • UPDATED WITH CHARGES: Mayfield's son admits to vandalizing congressional opponent vehicle

    Michael Mayfield, the son of Republican congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield, damaged the tire of a Chuck Fleischmann campaign staffer on Tuesday.
    The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston and was caught on surveillance cameras.

    Tyler Threadgill, the staffer, filed a report with the Kingston Police Department.

  • Rockwood official quits

    Tom Pierce didn’t leave the decision on his future to Rockwood officials.
    The Rockwood City Council received a brief resignation letter Monday from the embattled former Rockwood public works director.
    Pierce was put on administrative leave earlier this year after auditors approached city officials about questionable purchases, including guns, with a city-owned credit card.

  • Kingston eyes 12-cent tax rate hike

    Even with a proposed 12-cent tax increase, Kingston City Council is looking at fewer goodies for several city departments in a fiscal year where a new city hall and a raise for city employees are paramount.
    Council members held an all-day budget workshop April 20, at which City Manager Jim Pinkerton presented the proposed budget for fiscal 2012-13.
    That was followed by individual requests from each city department head, making the case for projects that may not have made the city manager’s cut.