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Today's News

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Drake Austin Parker

    U.S. Army Pvt. Drake Austin Parker recently graduated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

    He is the son of Rebecca and Grady Riggins, and Kevin and Susan Parker, all of Knox-
    ville.

    The private’s grandparents are Tom and Linda Little of Kingston Springs and Wayne and Becky Parker of Kingston.

    Parker completed a 12-week program that included training in military discipline, physical development and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Kingston Lions Club getting ready for pancake breakfast

    The public was given a sampling of spring a few weeks ago with Kingston Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast.

    Now it’s time for the second part, with Kingston Lions Club’s annual “spring social” pancake breakfast on April 6.

    “This is the time of year that all old friends gather for fellowship and food at the Kingston First Baptist Church family center,” said Martin Skinner of the Kingston Lions Club. “Friends see friends whom they have not seen since a year ago.”

  • Radios could be lifesavers

    When Kingston Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization decided to raise money for two-way radios for each teacher, the response was surprising.

    Students brought in around $18,000 through donations and selling candy bars this year.

    “We had 420 students either donate or sell candy,” said Kristy Cantrell, PTO president.

    She believes the focus on safety in schools played a big role in the response from families.

    Cantrell said the group asked school personnel what a big need was for the school.

  • GUEST OPINION:When online reviews lead to lawsuits

    By KEN PAULSON
    President, First Amendment Center
    When a Minnesota man felt his family was treated shabbily by a neurologist, he made sure the world knew about it.

    Dennis Laurion posted caustic reviews of Minnesota neurologist David McKee, saying he was insensitive to his father’s needs and claiming that a nurse called the doctor “a real tool.”

    This angered Mc-Kee, who offered his own prescription: a libel suit.

  • Congress falls short on national security

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    Wherever you stood on Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster to delay John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA director, or on the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Brennan and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, they all serve as a reminder of just how feeble Congress has proven to be when it comes to foreign policy.

  • Holocaust studies may help future

    Several Ridge View Elementary School students spend part of their after-school activities learning about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of millions of Jews by Nazi Germany.

    It’s the second year the students will be putting on a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony at Rockwood’s Homecoming Park.

    This year’s event is April 11 at 6 p.m. and will feature a guest speaker.

  • Jackets sweep Tigers in tennis

    After waiting almost two weeks to open their season, the Kingston Yellow Jacket and Lady Jacket tennis teams took on Rockwood Friday for their second match in two days.

    Kingston opened the season by sweeping Harriman on Thursday and they followed that up with a sweep against Rockwood on Friday at Roane State.

  • Tigers suffer first loss

    In starting the season with six straight victories, the Rockwood Tigers had given up seven runs combined while posting three shutouts.

    Friday evening, however, the Tigers gave up more runs than that in the seventh inning alone as Upperman downed Rockwood in a slugfest, 21-15.

  • Roane County Knights lose heartbreaker, 7-6

    The Roane County Knights came oh so close to picking up their first-ever victory Saturday afternoon, but instead dropped a heartbreaking 7-6 decision in overtime at Signal Mountain.

  • ‘Cats down Harriman, 3-1

    For the first time since 2007, the Oliver Springs Bobcats soccer program has picked up back-to-back wins in the regular season after defeating the Harriman Blue Devils 3-1.

    "Huge game for us," an elated Bobcat head coach Jonathan Pryor said postgame. "It was great to start off with district wins Tuesday against Oneida and tonight against Harriman."