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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics

    Today we give you a collection of our random thoughts on miscellaneous topics:

  • Senior bowlers keep up high level of play

    Friday July 14

    1st High Game------ Connie Millhollon, Rick Alderfer---474

    2nd High Game----Beverly Zeilman, Wayne Bowman--444

    3rd High Game ----Sylvia Whitehouse, Roger Golliher---434

    High Scores today—Carolyn McGill-213 game, Barry McGill-206 game, Roy Deforest-205 game, Dean Griffin-,242, 216 games, Rick Alderfer--226, David Dawson --201 game

    High Series today---- Beverly zeilman, Wayne Bowman--1279

    High Series For July------- Sherry Deforest, Roy Deforest---1281

  • Optimist Club cheerleading camp concludes for year
  • Dixie Youth baseball year concludes

    Baseball season finally ended for the Kingston AAA All-Stars and the Rockwood Ozone All-Stars recently.

    Rockwood was eliminated Friday afternoon from the Ozone State Tournament in Sweetwater.

    After Kingston’s opening defeat of Mt. Pleasant, 17-1, the junior Yellow Jackets were beaten 14-4 by host team Loretto.

    Kingston bounced back, beating Pleasant View in a close 10-9 game.

    The Jackets’ season ended with a 6-2 loss to Greenbrier during a rain drenched game Saturday evening. Kingston finished seventh overall in the tournament.

  • The err of entitlement: fans make choices

    When we watch sports, we always want to believe the righteous shall triumph over the corrupt and that good will always conquer evil. We watch in the hopes of watching the teams and athletes whose arrogance is the bane of our existence will get their come-uppance, somewhere, some-how. After all, we like to tell our children that bullies never prosper, right?

    Unfortunately, real sports seldom ever have the feel-good narrative we crave.

  • Official numbers dwindling for Clinch Valley

    By Taylor Crombie
    tcrombie@morgancounty.net

    One of the rarely considered numbers of the game is that it takes a crew of six to officiate a high school football game.

    Ensuring that there are six officials available for each contest has been a challenge recently as the TSSAA has seen the number of registered officials for all sports dwindle over the past few years, prompting a statewide recruiting initiative through radio adverts and asking schools to submit names of potential officials.

  • Yellow Jackets air out the ball

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets shook off some cobwebs Saturday morning at Maryville College. The Jackets participated in the 7 on 7 Pass Perimeter Practice Day hosted by the college.

    To borrow a slightly modified phrase from a famous television and book series, “Fall is coming.” One could almost feel the cool Friday evenings while watching Kingston go through the scrmmages.

    The teams the Yellow Jackets faced were McMinn Central, Karns, and Grainger. This only scratches the surface of the schools who were present for the event.

  • GLIMPSES: Do we have an identity problem?

    By MARK BANKER

    As a grade-school student, I relished the arrival of The Weekly Reader, a little newspaper that introduced children to current events and public concerns.

    One issue, however, left me puzzled.

    This was the early-1960s, and Appalachia had captured the nation’s attention. Photos and an accompanying story presented an impoverished backward region, where children did not have shoes, strip-mining ravaged the land, and people lived in squalor.

  • OPEN GOVERNMENT: Tenn. constitution not a relic — yet

    By DEBORAH FISHER

    Last week’s account of a state worker snatching a meeting agenda packet from a news reporter’s hands was a low point in the open government ethic of Tennessee.

    I wish it were the only one.

    At a public meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, Nashville Scene reporter Cari Wade Gervin picked up a meeting packet laying on the table that contained a proposed new operating policy, including a new Code of Conduct for commissioners. She was trying to copy down information in it.

  • Fates differ for Roane County teams in state openers

    The Rockwood All-Stars couldn’t get going, losing to Decatur County, 11-0, in Thursday’s Dixie Youth Ozone State Tournament opener in Sweetwater.

    The trouble started for the youthful Tigers from the beginning. Dylan Allen and Corey Burnette, Rockwood’s one and two hitters, sharply hit the ball, but couldn’t outrun the throws to first.

    The Tigers mustered only one hit in the opening inning when Evan Marks drilled a pitch deep into the outfield.