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Today's News

  • Judge lawsuit gets day in court

    Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit has been scheduled for trial on Oct. 8 in Roane County Chancery Court.

    McFarland, who had served as county attorney until Sept. 1, waged an unsuccessful campaign for circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    He later filed a lawsuit against the winner, Mike Pemberton.

    The Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

  • All tanked up and headed home
  • Noise issues may tie in with beer licenses

    Rather than a full-frontal assault with a new noise ordinance, Kingston City Council members have decided to bring noisy nightspots in line by hitting them where it hurts: through their beer licenses.

    Beginning in 2012, complaints arose concerning a couple of bar/restaurants off West Race Street.

    Residents of the nearby neighborhood said the noise coming from the establishments — which often feature live outdoor music on their patios during spring and summer months — kept them awake at nights, when the patios were in full swing.

  • Kingston ‘agin’ county sales tax hike

    If Roane County Commission is considering a sales tax hike at its Sept. 8 meeting, Kingston City Council members have gone on record with their opposition to it.

    “I’m agin it; I’m agin it; I’m agin it,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets at the council’s Sept. 2 work session.

    His quote, he said, was nicked from the late Knoxville grocer and politician Cas Walker.

    Roane County Commission has no power to raise the county’s sales-tax rate to 2.75 percent.

  • Collett declares write-in Rockwood candidacy

    Ray Collett has a rough row to hoe if he hopes to win a seat on Rockwood City Council in November.

    The former council member decided to be a write-in candidate for the race after the deadline had passed for submitting qualifying petitions to be in on the ballot.

    “I know it is not going to be easy,” said Collett, who said he was convinced to seek election after he’d received several phone calls and emails asking him to run.

    He’s undaunted, though.

  • Slow start costs Blue Devils in 40-19 loss

     

    In what could be described as a very physical game, the Grace Christian Academy Rams pinned a 40-19 defeat on the Harriman Blue Devils Friday night at Wallace Black Field.

    The Rams actually jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead before Harriman settled down and played the state’s No. 3 ranked 2A team toe-to-toe the rest of the evening.

  • Bobcats fall to Jackets in shootout, 66-34

     

    Friday night was a good night for Coalfield Head Coach Keith Henry. His Yellow Jackets defeated Oliver Springs, 66-34, for what would be the 100th win in Henry’s career as head coach with 50 of those coming at Coalfield.

  • Meigs County surprises Rockwood, 42-14

     

    Rockwood was its own worst enemy Friday night, and the result was a 42-14 defeat at home against Meigs County in a key District 3-A contest.

  • Second half rally keys Midway win, 38-28

     

    It wasn’t easy, but the Midway Green Wave opened its District 3-A schedule with a victory Friday night after rallying past visiting Tellico Plains, 38-28.

    With the win Midway improved to 4-0 and 1-0 in the district. This also would be the first time in his four years at Midway that head coach Joe Campbell has had a 4-0 start.

  • Kingston falls at Alcoa

     

    One week after snapping a 13-game losing streak with a 28-21 victory over Rockwood, the Kingston Yellow Jackets came back to earth following a 45-14 defeat at the hands of defending Class 3A state champion Alcoa.