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Today's News

  • Kingston city hall morphing

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The operative word in the latest progress update on Kingston’s new city hall might be “snug.”
    That’s a good a general word to describe the budget, some of the space allocation, and even progress toward meeting projected timelines for getting the new hall up and running.
    Snug, but certainly not uncomfortable.
    And no one is complaining, as the project seems to be going as well as can be expected for an endeavor of this magnitude.

  • REACH spree still holiday hit

    The early-morning hour Saturday didn’t stop young shoppers at Walmart from enthusiastically making rounds at the store.
    Operation REACH once again took selected youth shopping last weekend, with busloads of young people spilling out at the Rockwood store around 6 a.m. to buy gifts for their families. Later they headed to Rockwood High School and Rockwood Middle School to wrap them.

  • Skateboard park closed due to rash of vandalism

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    There will be no more kickturns, ollies, and certainly no more boardslides at Kingston’s Ladd Park.
    For the uninitiated, those are all skateboarding tricks.
    The city’s lone skatepark — at Ladd Park, in the shadow of the Clinch River Bridge on North Kentucky Street — was recently closed down, due to a rash of vandalism incidents.

  • GUEST OPINION: Don’t overlook the gifts of freedom on Dec. 15 holiday

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The law is murky, but probably not.

    It’s easy to take freedom for granted. If we’re complacent about our core liberties, we’re less likely to notice a gradual erosion.

    The best way to build awareness of our core freedoms is through education. That’s why the announcement of the nation’s first monument to the Bill of Rights comes as particularly good news.

  • New TVA chief is tested and proven

    By BILL SANSOM
    TVA board chairman
    The leadership transition at TVA is well under way.

    With the new year, the second CEO for the Tennessee Valley Authority will be in charge and continue the shift from over six decades of management by a three-member board to a more traditional corporate structure and part-time board.

    As the first CEO, Tom Kilgore set TVA on a clearer path tied to low rates, cleaner air and a diverse energy mix.

  • HISTORY for the HOLIDAYS
  • Roane State adds program to learn robotic equipment

    A new Roane State Community College certificate program in mechatronics will train students to become technicians who operate, maintain and repair high-tech automated manufacturing systems.

    The one-year mechatronics program begins Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, 214 Nave St. in Clinton.

    Anyone who is interested should call (865) 481-5424 or email stemmechatronics@roanestate.
    edu.

  • Jackets split with AAA Jets

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets traveled to Crossville Friday night and would come away with a split against Cumberland County.

  • Devils defend home court against Tigers

    In a true "peach basket classic" that would have made James A. Naismith proud, the Harriman Lady Devils won a low-scoring 27-25 duel with the Rockwood Lady Tigers. 

  • Mt. Pisgah splits with Collegedale Academy

    The Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Patriots traveled near Chattanooga Thursday and picked up an exciting 73-70 victory over the Collegedale Academy Eagles.