Today's News

  • SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS with every stitch

    Stitch Angels show passion for helping those who serve with every lovingly knitted item.

    The group’s volunteers hand make a variety of items, such as scarves, hats and blankets, for veterans, deployed service members and wounded warriors, fulfilling their motto of “supporting our veterans with every stitch.”

    “It is really just about helping veterans. We like to do a lot of local things. We do a monthly care package oversees to a different female veteran,” said founder Jennifer Alexander.


    Not borrowing money for road projects is a cornerstone of Tennessee government.

    “In Tennessee, we don’t borrow money,” state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, said. “It’s pay as you go.”

    Thanks to the IMPROVE Act, the state can continue that practice. The Act, which went into effect on Saturday, raises taxes on gasoline and diesel and increases the fees to register vehicles to help fund more than 900 road and bridge projects around the state.

  • Kingston police add boat to its patrol fleet

    The Kingston Police Department has another boat to patrol area waters.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said a $15,000 state grant allowed his department to purchase the 21-foot Sea Ray Laguna.

    “It’s not a new boat, but it’s a new boat to us,” Washam said.

    The Sea Ray is a 1993 model, which Washam said will replace the Hydra Sports boat his department had been using.

  • GLIMPSES: Coach’s lessons may be fitting for all


    When I learned that University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones plans to teach “some history lessons” to his current players, I wondered if his prescription might be equally apt for the rest of us.

    As we grapple with an array of daunting national, state and local issues in 2017, our uncertain grasp of the circumstances that brought us to these present junctures should give us pause.

  • Guest Column: East vs. West in September 2029

    By Earl Nall

    For Roane County News

    This story takes place in September 2029. It relives the events in 2017, when the Roane County Board of Education voted to build a consolidated high school that combined the cities of Rockwood, Kingston and Harriman into a single school and left Midway and Oliver Springs as small high schools.

    That decision would come to haunt the school board and Roane County for the next 40 years.

    Roane County: Friday, Sept. 28, 2029


    Before I begin this edition of my weekly column, I must pose a sixty-four thousand dollar question to you, the loyal reader of this weekly column.

    What do NASCAR and the alternative rock band Linkin Park have in common?

    Both have managed to alienate much of their core audience with their nonsensical changes in direction. Linkin Park by going to a more pop-esque sound in contrast to the heavier work from the “Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora” albums.

  • Youngsters turnout for Roane State hoops camp

    The 25th annual Roane State boys’ basketball camp saw more than 40 kids come out to learn more about the fundamentals of the sport last week.

    During the quarter century for the camp, the sport has stayed pretty much constant. According to Roane State Raider Coach Randy Nesbit this is how it should be.

    “We were able to have a good ratio of coach to camper,” he said, “

  • Youthful Tigers clawed by fifth inning

    The Rockwood All-Stars’ 6-2 loss to Tellico during a rain soaked game Thursday evening at Flour Mill Flats in Harriman, was much closer than what the score shows.

    Going into Thursday’s game, Tellico had a perfect 3-0 record, outscoring opponents 32-0. So it was a tall order for Rockwood.

    “A lot of the kids on the this team faced Tellico last year,” Rockwood Coach Matt Goddard said, “so they know that Tellico is the big dog in this district.

  • Smokin’ the Water promises fun for all

    Staff reports

    The 2017 “Smokin the “Water” Festival on the Kingston waterfront on Tuesday promises to be one of the best in a long proud history of Roane County Fourth of July celebrations.

    “We’ve brought in a lot more children’s activities, more vendors, great food and music,” said Debbie Russell, Program Coordinator for the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Kingston drone will be flying over this year’s Smokin’ the Water event

    The Kingston Police Department can keep an eye on things from high above now with its DJI Phantom 4 drone.

    Officer Alex French recently received his Federal Aviation Administration certification to operate the flying device for the department.

    “Anybody can go out here and buy one and they’re good to go, but we have to be certified on it,” Police Chief Jim Washam said. “It’s just like your weapon, your chemical agent, whatever we do we have to be certified on it. That’s the same way with the drone.”