Today's News

  • Roane Tea party hoping to Trump governor

    Members of the Roane County Tea Party are unhappy with Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent comments about the presidential race.

    The governor, who is a Republican, issued a statement on Sunday that called for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to step aside in favor of running mate Mike Pence.

    “I’ve had people calling my house saying what the heck is the governor doing,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb said.

  • Head to Senior Bingo Blow-Out

    Area seniors are encouraged to turn out for a day filled with vendors, lunch, door prizes, a pumpkin patch, and bingo during the free Senior Bingo Blow-Out.

    The event is a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority, Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department.

    It will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

    Highlights will focus on celebrity bingo callers, door prizes, pumpkin patch, senior-friendly vendors and lunch.

  • Kingston Council November session to be on a Monday

    Kingston City Council’s regular monthly meeting will fall on Election Day in November.

    That’s why the body voted Tuesday to meet one day early, on Nov. 7.

    Council discussed the conflict during its workshop earlier this month.

    Election Day is Nov. 8, and Council normally meets in regular session on the second Tuesday of every month.

    Not only will the presidential election be held that date, but Kingston City Council races will be that day as well.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Speculation as to era of Trump’s Great America

    Gentle reader, as you may know, the Republican Party has established a headquarters in Kingston, on the corner of Race and Kentucky Streets, in the small building that formerly housed Robinson’s Jewelry Store, two doors down from the old Hut Cafeteria location.

    Usually we would have paid them a courtesy call by this time, as we have done in the past election seasons for over fifty years, however, the party has now changed and we are unsure whether we would be welcome.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Internet access hot election issue

    The Nov. 8 election is drawing near. In fact with early voting starting next Wednesday, the election is practically underway. I heard a report just this week that the temperature of the election has reached such a fever that there might be enough votes cast during early voting to decide the presidential election in some states.

  • Rockwood shuts out Union County 6-0

    "It was a good game. The girls started out nervous. They settled down and came to play," said Rockwood Lady Tiger Soccer Coach Don Maples, after his team shut out Union County 6-0 in the opening match of the District 3A/AA Tournament at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex Monday night.
    The Lady Tigers advanced into the second round Tuesday night, as they hosted the winner of the Pigeon Forge at Greenback game. In other action, Grace Christian blanked Concord Christian 9-0, and Gatlinburg-Pittman edged Carter 2-1.

  • Kingston defeats Oneida in two overtimes

    The Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team defeated Oneida 3-2 in two overtimes to advance into the District 4A/AA Tournament, while Oliver Springs was beaten 2-1 by CAK.
    Kingston traveled to CAK Tuesday night for the semifinals, while Alcoa will travel to Catholic. Alcoa defeated Scott 3-1.
    Several players from the Kingston and Oliver Springs girls soccer teams earned post-season honors.

  • Parents suing tavern owner

    Former Grill & Pub operator Grover Norton still faces litigation over a death that occurred outside his establishment more than five years ago.

    “We look forward to getting the case heard,” said Harriman attorney J. Scott McCluen, who represents Roy and Rebecca Harvey.

  • Man hit his mom, officials charge

    A Kingston man was arrested last week and charged with an alleged assault on his mother.

    John Thomas Reyes, 30, 1200 Mobile Drive, was arrested Oct. 5 following the alleged altercation with Connie Morton.

    Kingston Police Officer Tony Guy was dispatched at 9:44 p.m. to that residence, which was also listed as Morton’s address.

    Both Morton and a witness, Janene Cofer, were sitting outside, and Reyes was apparently inside when Guy arrived, according to the police report.

  • OS driver racks up drug charges

    An Oliver Springs man was recently arrested and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and the manufacture/delivery/sale of both Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs.

    James T. Hooks was arrested Oct. 5 by Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham. He was also charged with failure to maintain a single lane, non-compliance with financial responsibility law, violation of registration law and possession of oxycodone hydrochloride and alprazolam, neither of which were in proper containers, according to the incident report.