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Today's News

  • Site cleanup: RaceWay corporate makes good on promise

    The old RaceWay gas station in Kingston was the site of a lot of construction work last week.

    City Manager David Bolling said the work is related to a pledge the company made when the gas station shut down.

    “When it went out of business, their corporate people promised us they’d come in and take the tanks out and take out the pumps and all that, so that’s what they’re doing now,” he said.

    “We’re glad to see that.”

  • Legal Aid Society in midst of fundraising campaign

    Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has kicked off its 2017 Campaign for Equal Justice.

    The annual fundraising initiative aims to raise $826,000 to provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.

    Robert R. Asbury is the Oak Ridge chairman.

  • Hear how to prevent violence at work

    Roane County Employers’ Association will hear a presentation on “Preventing Violence in the Workplace: Active Threat Awareness, Preparedness and Response” on April 11.

    The luncheon meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the ground-floor cafeteria faculty lounge on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Lunch is provided to members and first-time guests of nonmember organizations. RSVP by April 7 at alutz@roanealliance.org or 376-2093.

  • Out to Lunch: Alice’s is Roane’s ‘Cheers’: Everybody knows your name

    Several “Out to Lunch” readers have told me they have missed reading my articles in the Roane County News.

    I needed a writing break to devote more time to my job as executive director of Furniture Buying Group.

    In 1987, I convinced four other desperate furniture dealers to join me and form the Tennessee Buying Group (now known as The Buying Giant). Our Group has now grown to more than 300 members and associates in 36 states.

  • Kingston finishes second in Kingsport

    The Kingston Lady Jacket softball team finished second to Knox Halls in the Eastman Invitational over the weekend in Kingsport posting a 4-3 record.
    White House 2, Kingston 0: The Lady Jackets opened the tournament with a 2-0 loss to White House, who scored their only runs in the top of the fourth inning.
    Kingston didn't have a base runner in the contest.
    Emily Workman was the losing pitcher in the contest, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

  • Rockwood routs Oliver Springs 12-2

    To quote the famous Survivor song, Rockwood baseball had the “Eye of the Tiger” in their 12-2 win on Friday afternoon over the Oliver Springs Bobcats.
    Jimmy Vanosdale kicked off the scoring for the Tigers in the top of the first inning with a sacrifice RBI to take the early 1-0 lead.
    Oliver Springs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning when Tanner Stombaugh drove in a RBI single and Dillon Walls stole home to give the ‘Cats the 2-1 edge.

  • Lady Tigers calm Lady Waves in district play

    The Rockwood Lady Tiger softball team defeated the Midway Lady Waves 6-2 in District 3A action Friday night at Brickyard Springs for the first time in six years.
    Lucy Chapman singled with two outs in the first inning, after Lady Tiger starting pitcher Courtney Denny struck out Alex Bosnak and Kayley Beason, but was left stranded.
    Tiani Porter singled and moved to second on a wild pitch with two out in the bottom of the first over Lady Wave starter Aubrie May.

  • Coach Ken Sparks passes away after lengthy illness

    The coaching profession lost another institution last week, as former Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks, 73,  passed away after a five-year battle with cancer.
    According a release from Carson-Newman, Sparks announced his retirement Nov. 14. He finished his Carson-Newman career with a record of 338-99-2 for a winning percentage of .7699, fourth highest in college football history. The 338 wins is fifth best nationally.

  • McDermott signs with Johnson University
  • Don’t get nailed for driving drunk

    Two days ahead of last Saturday’s prom, Midway High School Resource Officer Rick Butler and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton were letting students know the importance of staying safe.

    With the use of specialized goggles that simulate the effects of drugs and alcohol, Midway students got the opportunity to drive an obstacle course meant to show how important it is to stay sober.