Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Let’s make Kingston great again

    Imagine a downtown Kingston where folks travel from near and far to visit historic places and stop at coffee shops and ice cream stores to refresh themselves.

    On nice days these visitors could walk by the lake or maybe even rent a sailboat, canoe or kayak for an afternoon cruise before dining in a fine downtown restaurant.

    It’s still a dream, but business owners, elected officials and volunteers have been working to make it reality. These visionaries intend to breathe new life into the underdeveloped downtown Kingston.

  • GOING with the FLO: God protects those following Him

    In last week’s column I mentioned that God promises to “dispossess nations greater and mightier than we are” if we obey and He will “set us high above all the nations of the earth.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Mega-School invites Mega-Troubles

    Well, Gentle Reader: It’s happened again. This time at a high school in Broward County Florida. This atrocious slaughter has provoked, once again, the gun debate, and we could join in on that vital subject, but not today, for today we want to address a much more vital and much more timely aspect of this mass killing, as it relates to our local situation and future prospects.

  • Roane property tax deadline looming

    The deadline to pay 2017 property taxes without penalty is Feb. 28.

    “We’re expecting a lot of payments,” Trustee Wilma Eblen said.

    To accommodate taxpayers, Eblen usually opens her office for a few hours the last Saturday in February.

    Her office will be open this Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

    The Trustee’s Office is located on the first floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • Authorities check out school threats

    Authorities have looked into multiple threats made against schools in Roane County. The threats come days after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

    “We’re trying to talk through these issues with the school system and the sheriff’s department to address them,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “But it’s not just Roane County. It’s all over East Tennessee, Tennessee and I’m sure other parts of the country, too.”

  • Woman charged with rape of inmate

    A female inmate at the Roane County Jail was reportedly raped in one of the housing pods last fall.

    Another female inmate, Amanda Ileen Brown, was charged in the incident. Others may have been involved, according to a warrant filed in the case.

    The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 17.

    According to the warrant, the alleged victim was surrounded by female inmates in the upper level of the pod and was told by Brown that she had drugs inside her and had to share them.

  • Mardi Gras
  • Range hoped to help course

    Harriman continues to subsidize the Emory Golf Course years after taking it over with the intent it eventually will be self-supporting.

    Officials hope spending a little more will be key to turning the course around. They are looking at a lease to give land currently used for hole 8 to a private entity to develop a driving range.

    “I think it will be a huge asset. I like it,” said Councilman Tim Johnson.

    Manager Jacob Bennett believes it could create big opportunities.

  • Taking Outdoor Kingston inside
  • Calfee, Yager invited to monthly Breakfast With the Legislators

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee have been invited to participate in the next Breakfast With the Legislators hosted by the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Social Room of the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    A free continental breakfast will be served.