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Today's News

  • Crusaders beat Seahawks in OT for first place in district

    In front of a packed house last Monday night at Calvary Baptist gym, a battle was brewing. The division leading Calvary Crusaders were set to battle the Seahawks of Cedarview for the first place spot. The game lived up to all the hype of an epic battle and was decided in overtime. 
    The opening tip went to the Seahawks for a quick bucket. That was the beginning of what would be a high scoring affair.   

  • Yellow Jackets buzz Sequoyah Chiefs on senior night

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets capped off their regular season with a resounding bang on Monday night, generating a 61-37 win in the girls game on the strength of 20-plus point efforts from Riley Guillemet and Abby Wilson, while the Kingston boys scored a convincing 76-58 victory.

  • RSCC splits weekend games with Volunteer State, Motlow State

    The Roane State Community College basketball teams the Raiders and Raiderettes split conference conference games with Volunteer State CC and Motlow State CC over the weekend and will travel to Cleveland State Wednesday night.
    On Friday, the Raiderettes defeated Vol State 61-53, while Raiders won 76-64, but Saturday, the Raiderettes lost 68-59 to the Lady Bucks and the Raiders were beat 71-60 by the Bucks.

  • Smoot denied new trial

    Defense attorney Bob Jolley cited more than a dozen reasons why convicted murderer Shawn Smoot deserved a new trial.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks wasn’t persuaded by any of them. He denied the motion on Monday.

    “The court has examined those and finds that they do not rise to the level necessary to grant the defendant any relief in this matter,” Wicks ruled. “Therefore, the court hereby denies the defendant’s motion for a new trial.”

  • 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.