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Today's News

  • Midway probe ongoing

    The investigation into an alleged threat at Midway High School was still ongoing as of Tuesday morning, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    “So far there hasn’t been anything during the investigation that would allow anybody to be charged with anything,” Phillips said. “That’s kind of where we’re at. Once we get to that point, we’ll bring it before the DA and his staff and go from there.”

    Phillips said he wasn’t sure when the investigation might conclude.

  • High school building program talks to be part of board session

    The Roane County Board of Education is expected to have “discussion of high school building program” during its meeting on Thursday.

    That item is listed under new business on the board’s agenda.

    The future of the county’s high schools was one of the highlights of a retreat the school board held last month at Roane State Community College. The board met with Lewis Group Architects and went over five scenarios that the firm came up with last year.

  • All’s rosey on Valentine’s Day
  • TAKE A CHANCE on a boat slip

    After more than a year of planning and implementation, 18 city-owned boat slips are officially up for grabs in Kingston.

    The slips fall under the direction of the Kington Parks and Recreation Department, which currently has applications and lease agreements available for potential slip renters.

    Fourteen rules/regulations are tentatively in place for the slip usage. Prohibitions include overnight camping, alcohol consumption and fueling operations.

    There are also some stipulations on the parking facilities, which will allow for passenger vehicles only.

  • Woman en route to jail accused of exposing breast

    A Kingston woman allegedly exposed her breast to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy while she was in the back of a patrol car on the way to jail.

    The alleged act led to an indecent exposure charge for Marissa Bethany Nemitz, who was already under arrest on a child support attachment.

    The incident happened on Feb. 7. According to the warrant, Deputy Michael Murphy was dispatched to 831 New Midway Road around 9 a.m. to investigate a suspicious 911 call.

  • GLIMPSES: ‘Hidden Figures’ shines light on slights

    By Mark Banker

    For readers who are attentive to recent developments on the national stage but tired of the incessant debates about them, here’s some advice: go to the movies!

    For my 66th birthday last week, Kathy and I took our daughter’s advice and went to see “Hidden Figures.” Among other things, it reminded us that some of history’s important stories are unappreciated until after the fact.

  • County players named All-District 3A

    Fourteen girls and boys from Harriman, Rockwood and Midway were named to the All-District 3A team. Representing Harriman were Isaiah McClain, Joe Pace, John Johnson, Hayden Bingham and Jada Johnson, all first-team, while Katie Kring was named honorable mention. First-team picks from Rockwood were Lexie Hill and Matthew Thompson. Megan Monday and Camryn Evans were honorable mention. Caitlyn Ross and Paige Bacon were selected All-First team, while  Jacob Woody and Drake Romines were honorable mention.

  • Seven OS basketball players named All-District 4A

    Seven Oliver Springs basketball players have been named to the All-District by the 4A coaches last week.
    Zach Melton was named second team, while Jeremiah Johnson,  Jacob Humphreys and Matt Gaylor were named  honorable mention.
    Alivia Baker, Allyssa Suttles and Racheal Crass were selected by the league coaches.
    Marv West of Oneida was girls Coach of the Year, while Kaylea Foster of Coalfield and Bailee Thomas of Oneida were Co-Players of the Year.

  • Sheriff launches Midway High probe

    From staff reports

    Law-enforcement officials were tight-lipped Friday about an investigation going on at Midway High School.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips confirmed an investigation was ongoing, but he wouldn’t discuss what or who is being looked at.

    “I know people want more than that, but with the investigation ongoing we can’t talk about the details of the case or about who may or may not be involved,” he said.

  • Valentines For 70 Years

    Even after seven decades, the love story of a long-married Kingston couple is still being written.

    Bob and Mildred Snow will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary March 10, and “still love each other very much,” says their daughter, Kathy Mount.

    “We’ve had our ups and downs,” said Bob of their union.

    “But not really that many downs,” added Mildred. “We never fight – never have.

    “We might discuss, but we never fight.”