Today's News

  • A View from Lick SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Will it be a ‘bully pulpit’ or a pulpit for a bully?

    Gentle reader, as you know, there has been a widely perceived problem in this country that has come more and more to the fore over the last few years — the problem of bullying.

    One of the most serious consequences of this pernicious practice has been an unacceptable number of teen-age suicides brought on by bullying, especially the bullying of youngsters who appear to be effeminate or homosexual.

    There has been, and there is now, an ongoing programme on the internet to assure victims that “Things will be better.”

  • GUEST OPINION: Legislature’s ‘monkey bill’ Trojan horse

    Depending on whose press release you believe, Tennessee’s new science law either promotes “academic freedom” or “allows creationism to be taught in public schools.”

    Enacted on April 10, the legislation instructs school officials not to prohibit teachers from informing students about the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “scientific controversies” such as biological evolution.

  • McKameys Hometown Singing coming up

    The McKameys, a premier East Tennessee family gospel-singing group from Clinton, will host their annual Hometown Singing on June 8-9 in Clinton Second Baptist Church.

    The Inspirations of Bryson City, N.C., will be the special guest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Saturday’s special guest will be the Primitive Quartet of Candler, N.C. at 6 p.m.

    Reserved seating is $15; general admission is $13.

    Call 800-254-3047 or 865-457-3678 for details.

  • Vacation Bible School 2012

    Kingston First Baptist
    “Amazing Wonders Aviation” is the theme of Kingston First Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school. Classes for students who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade are from 9 a.m. to noon June 18-22 in the church gymnasium at 215 N. Kentucky St. Register online at www.kingstonfbc.org, or call 376-6041.

    Kingston United Methodist/Bethel Presbyterian

  • Midway Elementary perfect attendance: Third Nine Weeks, 2011-12

    Emorie Jones
    First Grade
    Joey Berryhill
    Cadence Miles
    Logan Carroll
    Second Grade
    Katelyn Perry
    Macy Young
    Shayla Wood
    Grace Luke
    Nick Jenkins
    Shelby Belcher
    Dominic Meza
    Third Grade
    Dylan Meza
    Ashton Stephens
    Dakkota Jones
    Natrice Childress
    Dylan Cowell
    Jayse Wyrick
    Fourth Grade
    Lillian Bacon
    Sarah Collins

  • Midway Elementary honor roll: Third Nine Weeks, 2011-12

    A Honor Roll
    Third Grade

    Anna Humphrey
    Ashton Stephens
    Gillian Fuhrmeister
    Taylor Helms
    David Keko
    Seth Hayes
    Tarris Shultz
    Jackson Snow
    Abby Townsend
    Dylan Cowell
    Cailynn Shelley
    Jayse Wyrick
    Shealeigh Moses
    Fourth Grade
    Chloe Allen
    Lillian Bacon
    Brendan Burnum
    Eliza Sweeney
    Andrew Burton
    Dalton Carroll
    Lauryn Purda
    Dillon Steele
    Fifth Grade

  • Longtime Rockwood employee’s position cut

    Rockwood officials have cut a longtime employee in response to the city’s financial woes
    Finance officer Joby Lancaster, the person Vice Mayor Peggy Evans continually placed blame on for failure to pay payroll tax and Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System payments on time, was let go on Thursday, May 10. The city paid thousands of dollars in fines for the late payments.
    Auditors at one meeting said the fines from the IRS were the result from at least 10 different penalties.

  • Rockwood financial crisis

    Rockwood City Administrator Jack Miller may be out if the Rockwood City Council approves a budget proposed by Mayor James Watts.
    However, some council members are not so ready to see Miller go.
    Since Miller took office late last year, the city council has been more aware than ever about the financial strains the city is facing.
    One of those strains is a negative fund balance of more than $1 million, with city expenditures continuing to substantially outpace revenues.

  • Tip foils prank at Rockwood High

    A group of Rockwood teens must have been disappointed when their small prank went awry last week.
    A school employee was tipped off that there would be a prank at Rockwood High School on the night of Thursday, May 10. The employee kept an eye on security cameras and saw the group of pranksters enter through the boiler room, move into the hallway and drop what a Rockwood police report characterized as “inappropriate pictures.”
    No damage was done to the school and the male teens ran out of the building after dropping the pictures.

  • Police Explorers help sick girl

    The dreams of a sick little girl will be answered, thanks to help from the Kingston Police Department Explorer Post 376.
    The Explorer Post adopted 12-year-old Kimberly through Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee.
    “We have made her an honorary Explorer for life. She decided she wanted to do this, and she loves the post,” said Matthew Sackett, Explorer Post adviser.
    “She came to our meeting last month; for the first time we got to meet her,” Sackett added.