Today's News

  • Roane cleans up on cleaning up

    Efforts to battle litter in Roane County are receiving recognition from state officials.

    The 2018 Annual Litter Grant Report from the Tennessee Department of Transportation highlights programs in use by Roane County to educate citizens about litter reduction.

    Litter grants are the primary funding mechanism for litter reduction and awareness programs conducted by the county Road Department, said Tony Brown, deputy road superintendent.

  • ‘People get mean’

    Business owners in Kingston are concerned about a lack of parking in the downtown area.

    Speaking during the public comment period of a recent City Council workshop, business owners said the parking situation is hurting their business.

    Kyrie Taylor, owner of Everly Blue women’s fashion boutique on North Kentucky Street, said the limited parking available to her customers is a concern.

    The problem is especially bad during days when court is in session, she said.

    “I felt like it was time to do something,” Taylor said.

  • Going With the Flo: We must repent, arise and help our president build

    By Flo Charles

    Let us arise and build!

    These were the words of the people in the book of Nehemiah (from the Bible) after Nehemiah saw the walls of Jerusalem were broken down.

    Nehemiah faced the same fierce, hate, intimidation and ridicule that our president is facing today. They attempted to distract and coerce him into changing his mind, but it didn’t work.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Would it really be a Rockwood Mega-school?

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as the mega-school plan is by far the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time, we feel it not out of order to devote an inordinate amount of time and space to that issue in our columns for the time being, so this column will be so focused.

    First of all, we have been addressed with this question: Why are the Rockwood head men so strongly pushing this plan to eliminate their high school when, since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, Rockwood leadership has always strongly supported their community school?

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers


    March 30

    1st High Game------Loretta Carrington, Wayne Bowman--452

    2nd High Game-------Donna Wright, Paul Alexander---470

    3rd High Game ---Faye Langley, Roger Golliher---444

    High Scores today ----- Ronnie Clark—202 game, Rick Alderfer, 226 game, Rick Matthews---201 games--.Aryn Millhollon 204 game

    High Series today---- Loretta Carrington, Wayne Bowman---1249

    High Series For March---- Diane Moore, George Wadlington---1368

  • ETSU head coach placed on leave

    Eastern Tennessee State University released a statement Monday regarding a member of the coaching staff.

    The head coach of the ETSU football team has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation of potential violation of university policy.

    More news on this situation as it develops.

  • TWRA makes new duck stamp available

    Orders are being taken for the collectible state waterfowl stamp that is produced annually and sold for conservation education through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

  • Lady Knights score goals but not enough

    The Roane County Lady Knight lacrosse team faced Ooltewah this past weekend. The Lady Knights lost, 17-7.

  • Easter tournament scores and recap

    County and area softball teams gathered at the Brillo Miller Sports Complex in Rockwood Friday and Saturday for the annual Rockwood Invitational Easter Tournament.

    All five Roane County teams participated in the event with each team having different degrees of success.

    It was the Kingston Lady Jackets who ended up winning it all.

    After going a perfect 7-0 throughout the tournament and knocking off Coalfield, 10-5, in the semi-finals, Kingston had an uphill battle against Union County in the title game.

  • Bobcats split in tournament

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats took the field on Saturday in the Rockwood softball tournament at Brillo Miller Sports Complex to finish out the tournament with three ball games the day before Easter.

    “It’s a great tournament, we have been in it numerous years,” said Oliver Springs head coach Matt Headden. “They do a real good job down here bringing in very good competition.