Today's News

  • Kingston OKs buy for new city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council manifested an Edifice Complex at its March 13 session, moving forward with plans that could see the town with both a new city hall and a new YMCA.

    The first one will cost. Council approved the purchase of the soon-to-be-vacant Kingston Medical Plaza for $1.45 million and approved a loan application for $2 million to the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund for the purchase and subsequent renovations.

    Council had said at the previous week’s work session that

  • Assessor hopefuls describe strategies

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham is quick to point out what the four people who want her job have in common.

    “None of them have any experience in running this office,” she said.

    That’s not a bad thing, according to candidate David Morgan.

    “If experience gets us what we have now, then I’d be better off going into the job without any experience and just a little common sense,” he said.

  • Tiger Haven suit moved to Loudon

    The lawsuit filed by some East Roane County residents against Tiger Haven has been moved to neighboring Loudon County.

    According to Roane County Circuit Court records, an agreed order for a change of venue was entered on March 1.

    The entire court file, according to the records, was sent to Loudon County Circuit Court on March 13.

    Tiger Haven is at 237 Harvey Road in East Roane County. The facility houses several types of big cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • Relay for Life: Register teams by Tuesday to help Roane fight cancer

    The bonds from Relay for Life go beyond the fellowship of each team that participates.

    The festive event itself, which centers around team members walking all night, doesn’t just raise money for the American Cancer Society; it’s a party-like atmosphere that celebrates not only the survivors of cancer but the participants themselves.

  • Hwy. 27 communities aspire to a Route 66 rebirth

    Almost everyone knows of historic Route 66, the U.S. highway that has returned to a golden era after the interstate system nearly killed the iconic American roadway that took travelers to the West Coast.

    Now people are looking to bring the same rebirth to Hwy. 27, the road that carried motorists from Michigan to Florida before interstate highways.

  • Early bloomers

  • Rain holds off long enough for 'Cats to pick up first win

    A regulation high school baseball game lasts seven innings, but so far this season the Oliver Springs Bobcats have had trouble playing a regular game.

    On Tuesday, the Bobcats played more than seven innings as they lost their season opener to Greenback in eight innings, 6-2.

  • KOC crowns girls league champions

    The basketball action was fast-paced and provided plenty of heart-stopping moments in the inaugural championship games of the Kingston Optimist Club (KOC) girls league held at Roane County High School (RCHS).  

  • Harriman’s daring $1 offer

    Harriman officials are considering a $1 gamble that could really pay off.
    They are looking at a $1-a-year lease of the current Roane Medical Center’s downtown structure to the Veterans Administration for a hospital to help those who served in the armed forces.
    “It’s a long shot, but there are so many things that are right about it,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason about the possible deal. “The location; the relation to where it is on Interstate 40.”

  • Hurley’s dog ejected from courthouse

    Dogs aren’t allowed in the Roane County Courthouse unless they are assisting a disabled person.
    State Rep. Julia Hurley found that out recently when she brought her pedigreed Chinese crested into the building.
    It’s a tiny, mostly hairless breed with a long, lion-like mane.
    “It kind of caught me off guard to see a dog walking in the middle of the courthouse,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.
    Woody responded by asking security to remove the dog.
    That didn’t sit well with Hurley.