Today's News

  • Kingston’s Woody revs up fans at Tennessee home games

    When Keelie Woody was growing up in Kingston, she dreamed of one day being a cheerleader for the University of Tennessee Spirit Team.

    She’s now living out that dream — Vols fans can look for her on the sidelines Saturday, when she’ll be one of a select few leading the cheers against Florida in front of a sellout crowd at Neyland Stadium.

  • Pills proving deadly over past 8 months

    There were 19 confirmed overdose deaths in Roane County in 2015.

    The numbers this year haven’t given officials a reason to feel better about the problem.

    According to information provided by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, 15 people had died from overdoses in Roane County through the end of August. Four of those were confirmed and the final determination on the others were still pending.

  • Vehicular homicide parolee jailed for alleged violation

    Bryan K. Howard feared his July arrest would jeopardize his parole on a vehicular homicide sentence. Those concerns may have been justified.

    Howard was booked into the Roane County Jail on a Tennessee Department of Correction parole violation warrant on Sept. 14.

    “Parole violation warrants are non-bondable,” said Melissa McDonald, communications director for the Tennessee Board of Parole. “That means Mr. Howard will remain in jail until a revocation hearing can be held for him.”

    That could take a while.

  • Kingston department fires up the grill for Michael Dunn Center

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon was dealing with fire Monday morning, but in a good way.

    Gordon and the Kingston Fire Department hosted a picnic for Michael Dunn Center at Kingston City Park.

    “We’re doing a fun day for Michael Dunn Center,” Gordon said after grilling more than 100 hot dogs. “It’s a way for us to give back to the community.”

  • Lifelong rivals?
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Roane Schools Sorry ACT Ranking, Part II

    Gentle reader, I understand that my column of two weeks ago entitled “Both Students & taxpayers are being cheated”, based upon our county’s students’ miserable performance on this year’s (2015-2016) ACT scores, has provoked a complaint from one of the county’s powers-that-be, or big cheeses.

    It appears that this big wig opines as how my column was “negative”.

  • Harriman at Rockwood tickets are available online

    Individual game tickets for the Harriman (4-0) at Rockwood (2-2) game Friday night are available online at gofan/Rockwood Tigers.com. The Harriman at Rockwood game is oldest rivary in the state and is alumni night, when the 1976 state championship team will be recognized at halftime.
    Kickoff for the game is 7:30 p.m. on Civitan Field.

  • Roane County golfers head to region

    Several Roane County golfers will be advancing into region golf action after Monday's region golf tournament in Sevierville.
    The Rockwood girls and boys,  five members of the Kingston teams and one player from Oliver Springs will advance into next week's action in Sevierville.
    The top three boys and girls teams and the top five individuals not on the winning teams advance to the region tournament.

  • Cherokee Middle Schools wins defensive battle over Oliver Springs Middle School

    The Cherokee Middle School School Yellow Jackets defeated the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats Saturday night 12-10 in a defensive standoff.
    The Cherokee offense rushed for 99 yards on 19 carries and completed 5-of-10 passes for 30 yards with only four first downs for 129 total yards, while the Oliver Springs offensive rushed for 97 ads on 39 carries and completed 6-of-10 passes for 63 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception for 160 totals with nine first downs.

  • Commissioner working for Road Dept.

    Randy Ellis, Roane County commissioner and chairman of the Road Committee, will be working for the Roane County Road Department.

    According to county payroll records, Ellis was hired by Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson for the position of “office personnel” effective Sept. 13.

    “He’s doing the litter, the fuel and the payroll,” Ferguson said. “He’s also helping with a beautification project we’re working on and the new internal controls we have to do for county offices.”