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Today's News

  • Maturity, leadership to guide Lady Raider softball team

    Roane State Community College softball coach Sue Niemi needs her team to stay healthy and to focus on details.
    If that happens, then the Lady Raiders can be competitive against any opponent, she said.
    “We have a good mixture of freshmen and sophomores,” Niemi said. “This is a good group, and there is good chemistry.”
    A knee injury has sidelined veteran pitcher Morgan Page, leaving Roane State with one primary pitcher, freshman Bridgit Cook. Page could return later in the season.

  • Gaines signs with Roane State

    Kingston's Mica Gaines is as tough as they come in the pitching circle, and now the Lady Jacket senior will be taking her strong right arm to Roane State after signing scholarship papers with the Lady Raiders last week.
    “I'm very happy to be getting to play,” Gaines said. “I like that Roane State is close to home and when I went there for my tryout everyone was very friendly.”
    “They're getting not only a good softball player, but a good person,” Kingston head coach Ronnie Ladd added. “She's smart, hard-working and very talented. She'll be an asset for them. I'm very happy for her.”

  • Rockwood finances appear shaky

    Rockwood officials are dealing with financial uncertainty over the latest balance sheet.
    The financial statement received on Jan. 18 showed a general fund balance of only $94,941.55 and an unreserved fund balance was in the negative by $1.6 million.
    It also showed that the city had spent more than $800,000 than revenue taken in.
    Mayor James Watts said the negative reserve fund balance isn’t the actual figure.

  • County delays Rose vote

    Howie Rose won’t be wearing the title of Roane County fire chief just yet.
    An item under special orders confirming his appointment to the position was unanimously postponed for 60 days by the Roane County Commission Monday night.  
    “We want to make sure that we give everybody an opportunity to voice their concern,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.
    The commission voted to establish the county fire department on June 9, 2008.

  • Kingston seeks to revise travel policy

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council members are frugal fellows and a conscientious lot, to boot.
    They’ve often paid their own way, sucked up the cost of some extra gas or a business lunch, despite the low monthly reimbursement given them as members of council.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant to test sirens Thursday

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant on Thursday afternoon at 12:30.
    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries.
    The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.
    TVA routinely conducts training and drills at Kingston and other fossil plants where chemicals are stored, to ensure proper procedures are followed if a spill or release of the materials were to occur onsite.

  • (Mis)conduct of police should be recordable

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Imagine Rodney King in the YouTube era.
    The beating captured on a camcorder in 1991 was seen on at least 240 TV stations around the world, impressive for pre-digital days, and served notice on law enforcement officers that cameras could capture them at their best — and worst.
    Today, when laughing babies can yield 42 million views, images of officers beating a suspect would go viral in minutes.

  • Vigilence needed in defending freedom

    Most weeks, you’ll find me esconced in my office in Kingston.
    Last week was not not one of those weeks.
    Instead, I spent several days in Nashville involved in training and other events at Tennessee Press Association’s Winter Convention.
    We had a lot of work to do.
    State legislators have put forth a wide array of proposed legislation that could limit openness in government — the very foundation of democracy.

  • Shedding light on dark topic

    Health Occupations Students of America helps give young people an early start in delivering health care to people.
    A group of HOSA students at Roane County High School have embraced life saving at its core by working on the topic of teen suicide.
    They will present their  HOSA Community Awareness Project findings at the regional competition at Roane State Community College Feb. 24.

  • Severe weather week set

    Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are promoting preparedness during Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 19-25.
     “Tennessee has experienced two years of unprecedented natural disasters and individual preparedness is more important than ever, said TEMA Director James Bassham. “Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere and any time.”