Today's News

  • Lady Jackets pick up easy wins

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets enjoyed the comforts of home on Monday and Tuesday as Ronnie Ladd’s squad rolled to a pair of easy wins.
    On Monday, Kingston hosted Loudon in a District 4-AA contest and shutout the Lady Redskins, 10-0.
    Tuesday would see the Lady Jackets knock off Meigs County in a non district game, 8-1.
    Monday’s Game
    Kingston’s Samantha Aycock fired a three-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts in picking up the shutout victory over the Lady Redskins.
    Offensively, Kingston played “Home Run Derby” as the Lady Jackets hit three home runs on the evening.

  • Bobcats wrap up title with three games to spare

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats wrapped up the regular season District 4-A title Monday evening with a 3-2 victory at Wartburg.
    The title actually came with three district games left to play as the Bobcats improved to 9-0 in district play and no other team in District 4-A had less than four losses after Monday.
    For Bobcat head coach Tony Kegley, winning the title early has a lot of rewards. The biggest advantage is avoiding playing in the tournament’s play-in games on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5.

  • Lady Waves top Harriman in 10 innings, 6-4

    Fans at Harriman's Flour Mill Flats were treated to a thrilling game Wednesday evening as the Midway Lady Green Waves downed the host Lady Devils in 10 innings, 6-4.
    Much of Wednesday's contest would feature a home run contest between Lady Devil CF Haylee Goins and Midway's Danielle Borum. Both would hit two homers on the day with Harriman's Lindsey Higgins adding a fifth home run for good measure.
    Goins, who hit two long balls 24 hours earlier at Rockwood, opened the scoring in the second inning with a solo home run to left field that gave the Lady Devils a 1-0 lead.

  • UPDATED WITH CHARGES: Mayfield's son admits to vandalizing congressional opponent vehicle

    Michael Mayfield, the son of Republican congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield, damaged the tire of a Chuck Fleischmann campaign staffer on Tuesday.
    The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston and was caught on surveillance cameras.

    Tyler Threadgill, the staffer, filed a report with the Kingston Police Department.

  • Rockwood official quits

    Tom Pierce didn’t leave the decision on his future to Rockwood officials.
    The Rockwood City Council received a brief resignation letter Monday from the embattled former Rockwood public works director.
    Pierce was put on administrative leave earlier this year after auditors approached city officials about questionable purchases, including guns, with a city-owned credit card.

  • Kingston eyes 12-cent tax rate hike

    Even with a proposed 12-cent tax increase, Kingston City Council is looking at fewer goodies for several city departments in a fiscal year where a new city hall and a raise for city employees are paramount.
    Council members held an all-day budget workshop April 20, at which City Manager Jim Pinkerton presented the proposed budget for fiscal 2012-13.
    That was followed by individual requests from each city department head, making the case for projects that may not have made the city manager’s cut.

  • Boys & Girls Club effort gains ground

    After six years of planning and anticipating, the possibility of a Boys & Girls Club for Harriman lies in sight.
    The Boys & Girls Clubs is a nationwide organization that serves in more than 4,300 different locations. The organization’s mission is to create a safe, positive environment, supportive relationships, fun, opportunities and expectations and recognition to kids who are increasingly left to their own devices and may be at risk for falling into the wrong crowd.

  • Roane State’s Goff to speak on military service

    Roane State President Gary Goff will discuss his military career at a forum presented by the college’s Social Science, Business and Education Division.
    The forum will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at the Oak Ridge campus in room C-104 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
    Goff served as an infantry captain through two tours of combat duty during the Vietnam War.

  • Chamber banquet
  • The Garden Gate: Plant your stake today, land optional

    For the dedicated gardener anywhere, the likely spot to plant something and anything is a container.

    It is not necessary to have an acre of land to have a garden. You can have a garden in a flowerpot.

    For millions of people, even a small plot of land is not available. There are those who live in apartments, people who live on houseboats, people whose occupations keep them on the road in campers or mobile homes, so container gardening is the perfect answer.

    As a matter of fact, the size of our gardens in general is shrinking.