Today's News

  • Road or creek bed? Court asked

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency legal counsel Sheryl Holtam said Wednesday she had yet to see the complaint Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland filed against the agency in chancery court.
    “It’s kind of hard to comment since I haven’t seen the complaint,” she said.
    The complaint accuses the TWRA of blocking a county road. Holtam said the road in question is more of a trail than anything else.
    “It looks like a creek bed,” she said.

  • Be on alert for real estate scam

    Roane County property owners should beware of an ongoing telephone-solicitation scam.
    According to Kathy May-Martin of Coldwell Banker in Kingston, callers claiming to work for a Florida real estate company are offering vacant-property owners a sweet deal if they pay part of the “commission” up front.
    Those who pay aren’t likely to see any money — except the what disappears from their bank account.

  • UT ‘Power T’ found in tomato

    A University of Tennessee fan with ties to this area found an unusual connection to the area — just in time for the start of football season.
    William H. Grant, who is retired and living in Oklahoma, but whose mother lives in the area, grew a ”Mr. Stripey” heirloom tomato with  a surprise inside.
    When the colorful tomato, most often known for its tiger stripes, was sliced for sandwiches one day, in its middle it revealed a “Power T,” the nickname for the University of Tennessee-style “T.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Is entrenched hot spell finally (finally!) over?

    It’s not quite official as I write this, but it may be so as you read it.
    The extended heat spell has broken.
    As I look at the 10-day forecast for our area, there isn’t a 90-degree temperature in sight. I know, I know. That could change, and it just might.
    But I repeat, the extended heat spell has broken.
    We should be dancing in the streets.
    I want to complain about the stifling heat of this summer and how, in response, I haven’t hiked, biked or paddled my kayak as much as usual.

  • GUEST OPINION: Loyal employee lawsuit against schools in court

    First Amendment Center
    A former employee with a Nevada school district will have her day in court after a federal district judge ruled she had a clearly established right to attend a public meeting and sit next to her former boss.

    Kathleen Nichols was an employee with the Washoe County School District, where she worked as an administrative assistant to the district’s general counsel, Jeffrey Blanck.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Introducing Jack McNew, legislative candidate

    Well, dear friends, we have survived another general election, which produced mostly expected outcomes, but still enough of the unexpected to prompt some post-election comments, but, before we get into those, we should remind you of the Princess Theatre’s plans for tomorrow evening.

  • Kingston tops Meigs in scrimmage, 34-19

    It was a Jekyll and Hyde type performance for the Kingston Yellow Jackets Tuesday evening in their 34-19 scrimmage victory over Meigs County.

  • Tigers score with new scoreboard

    When Roane County football fans enter Tom Pemberton Stadium in Rockwood Friday night for the 2012 Roane County Jamboree, they will no doubt see some good football. 

  • Bronze Star Medal given decades late

    Arville T. Sparks was wounded four times during a 10-month period while fighting in Italy and France during World War II.
    In fact, the U.S. Army sergeant once saved all the members of his platoon from being captured or killed.
    For his heroism in France on Oct. 20, 1944, the 87-year-old Roane County resident was nominated for several medals, including an esteemed  Bronze Star.

  • Ryans quits public utility board seat

    Roane County Election Commissioner Jim Ryans resigned his position with the County Board of Public Utilities last month.
    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all those associated with the utility,” Ryans said in the resignation letter addressed to utilities board chairman Stan Malone.
    Ryans was already a member of the board when he was appointed to the Roane County Election Commission in 2009, but the dual roles later become an issue.
    The State Election Commission took up the matter in June.