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Today's News

  • Tigers nip Jackets in OT, 50-48

    Rockwood and Kingston showed what a county rivalry is all about Tuesday night as Paul Kamikawa’s Tigers defended their home court with an exciting 50-48 overtime victory at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.

  • Massacre jitters felt here, too

    School safety is at the forefront after a tragic school shooting in Connecticut last week took the lives of 20 children and six educators.
    This week Roane County Schools took steps to reassure families and children by coordinating with local law enforcement to have officers at every school when students walked through the doors Monday morning.
    Every community has a school resource officer shared between the high school, elementary and middle schools.
    However, for at least the remainder of this week, a greater police presence will be seen.

  • Roaming sex offender nabbed

    Registered sex offender Jasper Lee Russell has found it difficult to stay out of trouble.
    He was arrested on Sunday for failure to timely register or report. That’s not the first time he’s been arrested this year.
    Russell, 56, was arrested in April on weapons charges. He was also indicted by the Roane County grand jury in June for aggravated sexual battery against a child under 13 years old.

  • Kingdom Heirs to help Midtown VFD

    The Midtown Volunteer Fire Department is having a fundraiser at the Princess Theatre Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Chief Randy Scarborough said the event will feature Dollywood’s gospel-singing quartet, the Kingdom Heirs.
    Doors open at 6 p.m. Reserve tickets are $20 and general admission is $15. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department.
    Tickets can be purchased at Rocky Top General Store, 316 Ruritan Road, Harriman; Jerry’s Used Furniture, 2744 Roane State Hwy., Harriman; and Ellis Surplus and Salvage, 525 Morgan St., Harriman. 

  • Kingston changes sign laws

    Three public hearings; three new ordinances on the agenda; and zero drama or excitement as the hearings went off without any serious voices of dissent, with few words of input at all at Kingston City Council’s Dec. 11 full council session.
    The hearings were to give residents a chance to voice concerns about potential new ordinances that were on the night’s agenda for a second and final reading.
    The first was an ordinance amending the city’s existing sign ordinance to address new types of signs that have proliferated in recent years.

  • Rainy day wreck
  • Midway picks up split at Oakdale

    The Midway Green Wave and Lady Waves finished up their season series against Oakdale Friday night.

  • Jackets shoot down Jets

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets got a little payback Friday evening when they held on for a 54-51 win over Cumberland County.
    The Lady Jackets lost by 10 to the Lady Jets one week before at Cumberland County.
    In the nightcap, the Yellow Jackets got a sweep of Cumberland County with a 72-71 overtime decision. Kingston had beaten the Jets by five at Crossville last Friday.
    The Yellow Jackets travel to Lenoir City Friday night in their final game before Christmas.
    Girls Game

  • Lady 'Cats take control of 4-A with 62-34 romp

    There is an old Jerry Reed song that goes "When you're hot, you're hot." And in a much-ballyhooed contest between the Oneida Lady Indians and Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats, the Lady Indians got knocked out like Manny Pacquiao as the Lady 'Cats took a convincing 62-34 win. 

  • Park thoroughfare named for Hal Jones

    Hal Jones spent much of his time at David Webb Riverfront Park working in the earth for the Harriman Garden Club, often seen at the park in his white pickup.

    It is why it seemed fitting to name the park’s main roadway Hal Jones Boulevard in tribute to the tireless gardener, who passed away last month.

    “He has worked on it probably with me for the last 20 years,” said David Webb, the park namesake.