Today's News

  • LOSING 23,000 POUNDS

    Roane County residents should have noticed a cleaner community this week, thanks to the efforts of about 100 volunteers and employees from the Roane County Road Department, Rockwood and Kingston.

    The three-day clean up was held last Thursday, Friday and Saturday all over the county. It was sponsored by the Roane County Road Department and was held in conjunction with the National Great American Cleanup.

  • Celebrating 30 years ON THE BEAT

    Thirty years ago last Friday, Jim Washam started his law enforcement career at the Kingston Police Department.

    His decades of service to the department and his hometown didn’t go unnoticed.

    He was honored with a surprise appreciation party on his 30-year anniversary.

    “Chief, I want to say congratulations,” Mayor Tim Neal told Washam. “Putting up with the city for 30 years, I know it had to be tough.”

    Washam said the people he’s dealt with during his career have made the job easy.

  • Harriman doctor’s DUI case continued to July 10

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote’s March 20 court date came and went without a resolution.

    His case was continued to July 10.

    Foote is facing a DUI charge stemming from an April 17, 2016, traffic stop. A report filed by State Trooper Robert Woody said Foote smelled like an alcoholic beverage and had blood shot eyes. Woody said Foote also performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

  • Several school districts changing

    Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, some Roane County school districts will be adjusted to further reduce student travel time and align district boundaries more closely with home addresses. 

    Changes include:

    • Students living in areas north of Hwy. 70 from Caney Creek RV Park to the Kingston bridge will change zones from Midtown Elementary/Cherokee Middle/Roane County High to Midtown/Harriman Middle/Harriman High.

  • Dad’s trial in starvation case may be delayed

    Another continuance could be forthcoming in a Roane County child starvation case.

    Matthew Dotson is scheduled to go to trial on April 17. His attorney, Philip Lomonaco, has filed a motion to continue the trial.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton held a conference call about the motion on Friday. After hearing from attorneys, Pemberton took the motion under advisement.

    “I will work on this over the weekend and will get an order to the court sometime on Monday, hopefully before the close of business,” Pemberton said.

  • Lady Tigers fend off Lady Eagles 12-2

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Rockwood Lady Tigers hosted Oakdale on Thursday and held on late for a 4-2 victory over their Region 2A foe.
    “We let things distract us tonight,” said Rockwood head coach Guy Thompson. “We got away from our fundamentals, and look what happened. We only scored four runs.”
    After a more than 30-minute delay due to a scheduling mishap, the game got underway. Rockwood struck first by way of Shelby LeBlanc reaching home on a passed ball.

  • Rockwood defeats Oakdale 12-2 in region baseball

    The Rockwood Tigers rebounded from their loss at Midway Wednesday to post a 12-2 victory over the Oakdale Eagles Thursday evening at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.
    Rockwood scored four runs in the first inning on a stolen base, a walk and a single by Dylan Wiliams and stretched the lead to    6-0 after two innings.
    Oakdale scored once in the top of the third, but the Tigers retaliated with a six-spot in the bottom of the inning, sparked by singles by Trey Treadway and Brackett and a double by Kyle VanPatton for the 12-1 lead.

  • Midway teams lose to Fulton, Grace Christian Academy

    Under threatening, overcast skies, the Midway Green Wave baseball team dropped an extra-inning 8-7 heart-breaker to the Fulton Falcons, while the Lady Waves were defeated 14-1 by the Grace Christian Academy Lady Rams Thursday.
    In the girls game, Grace had a 10-run outburst in the top of the first, followed by a pair of runs in the top of the third and fourth innings before Gracie Colyer brought home the lone Lady Waves run via a sacrifice RBI in the 14-1 loss with the only hit coming from Rebecca LeMasters (1-2).

  • Roadrunners race by Blue Devils in district soccer action

    The Harriman Blue Devils took on the Austin-East Roadrunners in a district soccer match on Thursday night.
    Harriman was down two starters on the night and they also let Austin-East jump out to a quick lead early in the game to stack the odds against them.
    Harriman dropped their contest on the evening by a score of 7-1.
    Austin-East drew the first blood in the contest as they were able to get a quick goal seven minutes into the game.

  • Zach McCoig to play for University of the Cumberlands

    Kingston Yellow Jacket soccer player recently signed with the University of the Cumberlands to continue his career.
    McCoig has 70 goals and 20 assists and has helped his team to a 3-0-1 record so far this season.
    "Zach has been a very good player since his freshman year at Kingston. He has developed into one of the better goal scorers in the area. He is the all-time leading scorer for his career at Kingston. He had 30 goals last season and helped our team to a 15-3 overall record,” said Kingston Coach Elik Pickell.