Today's News

  • RSCC players earn academic honors

    Roane State Community College sophomore basketball player Kassidi Freeman of Madisonville recently earned top academic honors in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA).

    Six additional players also received recognition for their academic performance.

    Freeman had the highest grade-point average (3.83) of any women's basketball player in the TCCAA. She was named a TCCAA Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.

  • Lady Jackets blank Rockwood, 3-0

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets didn’t take a lot of shots during Tuesday’s home game against Rockwood, but when the Lady Jackets did get off a shot it was a good one in downing the Lady Tigers, 3-0.

    In the first 65 minutes of play Tuesday, Kingston took just three shots, but all three were strong shots that found the back of the net.

  • County tax rate OK’d with little fuss

    Keevin Woody, the elementary supervisor for Roane County Schools, thanked Darryl Meadows after Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    He had a good reason to.

    Meadows, who represents District 1 on the Commission, voted against passing the county budget in July.

    On Monday, he voted in favor of a property tax increase to support that budget. The majority of that increase will create funding for the schools.

  • Roane HOME grant hearing slated Thursday

    A public hearing on Roane County’s $250,000 HOME grant will be held on Thursday.

    “If you know anyone who may qualify for the HOME grant you may want to give them a call and tell them to be here,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The hearing will start at 5 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Woody said officials with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the county will attend to provide information.

    “They will discuss eligibility and the application process,” Woody said.


    The Tennessee Medieval Faire grounds will be transformed this Halloween season into a silly and spooky village full of good times.

    Boo-Town is the perfect setting for fun for the youngest goblins. It will even have a bit of a fright for those brave enough to venture onto a haunted hayride with a vintage tractor and its similarly ancient driver.

    “It is for kids, but also for anybody that wants to dress up,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president and manager.

  • Harriman bldg. razing delayed

    Cleanup work continues on the 500 block of Harriman’s Roane Street, where the Miller & Brewer Department Store burned in January.

    It was originally thought the remaining structures on the block would come down starting Monday. But the demolition has been put on hold — at least for another week.

    “They are prepping drainage and content for removal,” explained Lynn Farnham, Roane County purchasing agent.

  • County dump truck crashes into guardrail

    A Roane County Road Department dump truck crashed into a guardrail on East Race Street in Kingston Monday afternoon.

    The driver was identified as road department employee Christopher Beeson.

    Roane County E-911 received a call about the crash at 3:37 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Kingston Police Department and road department officials responded to the scene.

    The highway patrol investigated the accident, while Kingston police directed traffic around the crash.

    Beeson was near Scenic Drive when the crash occurred.

  • Berry new Commission chairman

    Ron Berry was tapped as the new chairman of the Roane County Commission Monday night.

    He replaces James Brummett, who served in the position for the past five years.

    “When you first sit down up there it dawns on you what goes with it,” Berry said.

    “It’s extremely humbling to know that folks think enough and respect you enough to put you up there.”

    Berry was the only commissioner nominated for the position Monday. He was elected by acclamation.

  • Lifestar base open in Rockwood

    The new University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar base at Rockwood Municipal Airport is now open.

    “We moved up there on Tuesday (Sept. 8) afternoon. We are there now 24-7,” said Jeff Gregory, director of Lifestar.

    “I think it is going to be a good location for us,” said Gregory.

    He’s pleased they’re better able to serve the region.

    Gregory said the base can serve counties including Roane, Cumberland, parts of Fentress, Morgan, the southern parts of Scott, Anderson, parts of Meigs and Rhea.

  • OSMS picks up wild win over Harriman, 52-40


    In what was a wild Thursday night of football at D.J. Brittan Field, the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats rallied from behind in the closing minutes to keep its perfect season alive with a 52-40 victory over Harriman.

    The Bobcats trailed 40-38 late in the contest, but took the lead for good when Tre Boswell scored from 8 yards out with 1:28 left in the game to cap an 8-play, 74-yard scoring drive.