Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Blue Christmas ... or Bluegrass Christmas

    The heartwrenching songs of Christmas used to really tug at my heart.

    You know — the ones with lyrics like, “I’ll be home for Christmas ... if only in my dreams” or “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.”

    That’s because I lived those songs for many years. I’ve lost count of the number of Christmases I could not get “home” to my relatives because of my work situation and my distance away from the rest of my family.

  • Coast Guard urges safety

    As wintertime ushers in freezing temperatures and icy waters, it also introduces an increased risk of boating fatalities in the event of an accident, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Although many of these fatalities cannot be attributed to one specific cause of death, cold water conditions, such as hypothermia and cold water immersion, do set the stage for many dangers not as present in the warmer months. 

  • Harriman sweeps Midway

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils closed out the pre Christmas portion of their schedule Monday evening with a pair of big wins over visiting Midway.

    The Lady Devils took the floor first and used a big second half to pick up a 54-37 victory over the Lady Waves.

  • This space is dedicated to the givers among us

    Are you one of the people who dropped a handful of coins  — or more — in a Salvation Army bucket?
    Perhaps you gathered boxes and cans of food for one of the many drives to help feed the needy.
    Maybe you donated pet supplies to the new pantry to help needy families feed and keep their pets.
    Or perhaps you gave generously to United Way, Operation REACH or one of the many other causes that can help people here in Roane County and beyond.
    If you are one of those who gave what you could, whether it be a little or a lot, we thank you.

  • Impressions

    Observations from a slightly frozen fellow who says or does what guys most often do … the wrong thing.
    While vigorously ringing my Salvation Army “ding-a-ling” bell outside Kingston Food City the past couple of weeks, I picked up on a trend.
    I spied a steady stream of guys toting out red roses.
    Most carried out a single bud.
    Others juggled at least a dozen.
    “Hmmm … must be in the doghouse.”

  • County audit comes with tips for change

    There was no findings on the state’s latest audit of Roane County.
    However, the state’s Division of County Audit did make a suggestion.
    “Roane County does not have an audit committee,” the state wrote. “Sound business practices dictate that establishing an audit committee would significantly improve management oversight and accountability. The absence of an audit committee has been a management decision by the county commission.”

  • Library has grand plans


  • Give blood, go to a flick for free

    Medic Regional Blood Center is  sweetening the pot for donors heading into the New Year’s holiday in hopes of increasing the area’s blood supply.  

    Donors who stop by Kingston United Methodist Church from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 29 to give blood will receive a free ticket good for a number of Knoxville-area movie theaters.  

    Medic will be set up for this special blood drive inside the church’s fellowship hall.  

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Tyvon L. Frazier, financial responsibility Jan. 13. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

    Amanda A. Wells, violation of driver license Jan. 15. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

    Amanda A. Wells, violation of registration Jan. 15. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

    Amanda A. Wells, financial responsibility Jan. 15. Failed to appear April 20, convicted.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Dec. 22

    25 Years Ago
    Brownie Troop 260 of Emory Heights School, led by Georgia Oran, participated in a Pledge of Peace ceremony. Each of the 11 troop members told how they might bring peace to the world and then signed a Pledge of Peace, which was to be carried into space with Christa McAuliffe, the teacher astronaut on the Challenger space shuttle, in January 1986.

    10 Years Ago