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Today's News

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Neighbors help smooth the way

    Back before the weather finally backed down from the brow-mopping range, I popped in to visit one of my favorite couples in the neighborhood.
    June answered the door.  
    “Come on downstairs,” she said. “We’re in the basement.”
    I followed her appreciatively, knowing it would be cooler there.
    June and Marion Dinkins have a bright, cheery basement — the kind of place you might actually enjoy doing household chores.

  • Berry's request to revisit budget ignored

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry had three pages of questions about the county’s 2010-11 budget he wanted to get answers to Tuesday night.
    He never got a chance to ask them —  his motion to reconsider the budget failed 8-7.
    Afterward, the commission voted 13-2 to accept the certified tax rate of $2.19, adding the last element missing from the budget process.
    Commissioners Berry and Benny East voted no. 2010 was a reappraisal year for Roane County.

  • Addled driver plows into schoolyard

    Another situation involving a health-impaired  driver in Kingston narrowly avoided becoming a disaster.
    A 78-year-old Knoxville man drove his car through a fence at Kingston Elementary School on Tuesday while students were outside playing.
    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff said no students were hurt.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said he viewed video of the incident.
    “The driver came through the fence, kind of did a doughnut if you would say, and was headed back out when he came to a stop,” Washam said.  

  • Lady Jackets top OS, 4-0

    The Kingston Lady Jackets managed to shake off a sluggish start and use a trifecta of goals by Christina Neal to take a 4-0 win Monday afternoon over the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats. 

  • Kingston rolls past Loudon

    The Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team ended their regular season Tuesday night with an impressive 6-0 win over the Loudon Lady Redskins. 

  • Kingston picks up TVL sweep

    For the third consecutive week, the Kingston Optimist Club football program swept three all three games of the Tennessee Valley League. However, even with the sweep of Rockwood, Kingston still trails Oak Ridge West in two of the division standings. Oak Ridge had an even bigger weekend when they swept Harriman in three games and then swept Oak Ridge East Tuesday night in a make up game from a rain out three weeks ago.

  • Roane teams look to stay in playoff race

    Week eight of the high school football season is here and what a big one it is as all five Roane County teams have huge district contests on the schedule.

    In District 4-A, Oliver Springs travels to Sunbright in a huge contest for both teams.

  • Truth entrangled, but newspapers’ role stays clear

    By LEONARD PITTS JR.
    Lyndon Johnson once said of Gerald Ford that  he “played too much football with his helmet off.”
    Theodore Roosevelt once called William Howard Taft “a fathead with the brains of a guinea pig.”
    Harper’s Weekly once described Ulysses S. Grant as “a drunken Democrat dragged out of the Galena (Ill.) gutter.”

  • IMPRESSIONS: Life is good – even after the IRS leaves note

    TEN-TEN-TEN.
    Did you notice your calendar Sunday? That’s what it said —10/10/10.
    If you add an extra “n” at the end of the third TEN (or delete the “e”) you get an abbreviation for our great state.
    How about that?

  • Harriman gas station bandit caught in act

    Harriman police caught a man breaking into gas pumps at the Exxon self-service station on Roane Street, where the pumps are enabled to take cash.
    William F. Packett, Harriman, was taken into custody.
    According to the Harriman Police Department, officers found Packett beating the machine on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 5:44 a.m.
    “When we drove into the lot the subject threw the tools down and fled, running on foot toward the high school,” according to the police report.