Today's News

  • Kingston struggles with towering issue

    Kingston officials may have to take action to prevent cellphone companies from setting up small cell towers in city rights of way.

    Councilman Tony Brown told city officials at a workshop Tuesday that municipalities like Kingston have been struggling with the same issue.

    “They’ve been dealing with this in Crossville,” Brown said.

    Unlike the traditional large cell towers that have historically been erected on private property, new equipment is smaller and capable of being installed on poles, buildings and even billboards.

  • Singing Cowboy


    HUGH WILLETT/Roane Newspapers
    John Henry, “The Singing Cowboy,” performed his repertoire of county, western, folk and gospel tunes at the Kingston Library Wednesday to kick off the Summer Reading Program. Henry, age 10, has been playing the guitar and singing for two and a half years. He is from Pikeville, TN and often performs at The Cowboy Church in Cleveland, TN.

  • Harriman tax hike not totally ruled out

    Harriman officials haven’t started looking at their 2018 budget yet, but Mayor Wayne Best hopes to see a number of issues addressed.

    Those issues include more paving and clean up.

    “We haven’t started meeting on it yet,” Best said. “We are going to address those issues in this budget.”

    City officials will have to look at how to fund more paving without a sales tax increase that failed in referendum last year.

  • At the Princess tonight


    HUGH WILLETT/Roane Newspapers
    Roane County’s Jason Eskridge will perform at the Princess Theatre in Harriman beginning at 8 p.m. today, Friday, June 9. He and special guest Damien Horne will perform a benefit show for the Greenwood School Foundation. The doors will open at 7 p.m.; tickets are $12.

  • Rockwood Library set to Build a Better World

    “Build a Better World” is the theme for Rockwood Public Library’s 2017 summer reading program.
    “The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world,” said Margaret Marrs, Rockwood library director.
    “This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, repurposing, and building. Through books, games and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A Wonder Woman you may know: Ann P. Harris

    Gentle reader, we saw in the news that the new Wonder Woman movie was the leading money-maker for the weekend, grossing over $100 millions.

    This was not an all-time record, but was a record for a picture made by a woman. We are pleased to see the Wonder Woman character revived, however, for us lascivious old men, the actress now playing the part will have to be quite good to outpace our recollections of Lynda Carter who had the role in the old TV series.

  • Raises for teachers, staff in school budget

    The Roane County Board of Education unanimously passed the $67.2-million 2017-18 budget in a special-called meeting Monday.

    The budget includes a 2-percent raise for all employees, but does not include significant funding for the school building program.

    In May, the school board approved a plan to build a new consolidated high school for Kingston’s Roane County, Rockwood and Harriman high schools at an estimated cost of around $50 million and a completion date of 2020.

  • Couple tussle over rent money

    An argument over rent money and broken lamps allegedly turned physical on May 28.

    The result was two people – Seth G. Hall and Angela S. Hall – getting arrested for domestic assault.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse Calbaugh responded to 201 Smith Road on a report about a suspicious person.

    “Upon arrival I made contact with Tierra Paige Kasior,” the report said. “Ms. Kasior stated that her and Hunter Hall and Angela Hall were fighting over the rent money for the house they have been living in together and a couple of broke lamps.”

  • Trespassing call results in drug arrests

    Rockwood police reported finding more than trespassers when they responded to 566 S. Kingston Ave. on a call of people going behind a building on Sunday.

    Officer Brandon Smith reported finding five individuals who appeared to be living on the property, as well as 3 grams of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

    When Smith responded to the Kingston Avenue address, he reported finding in plain sight hypodermic needles and a blue container with a crystal-like substance inside.