Today's News

  • TVAA crowns 2011 champions

    The Tennessee Valley Athletic Association finished up the football season with a series of bowl/championship games Saturday. Rockwood and Spring City hosted the event with both places hosting six games each. 

  • Spartans spoil Kingston's season opener

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets tipped off the 2011-12 basketball season at home Tuesday night with a pair of TSSAA Hall of Fame games against Webb School of Knoxville.

  • Lady 'Cats win opener

    It took a little while to get started, but Michelle Christopher’s Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats opened the season with a 55-39 victory at Sale Creek on Tuesday.

  • Bobcats looking to keep season going

    It's been eight years since the Oliver Springs Bobcats have played in the TSSAA Class AA quarterfinals.

  • Kingston eyes new city offices

    People often compare so-called “people years” to dog years; but they rarely draw a comparison between the age of people and the age of public buildings.
    If they did, Kingston City Hall would certainly qualify as one of the frail elderly, despite the fact that its 48 years would constitute the hardy prime of middle age in human terms.

  • Bullying alleged in lawsuit

    A mother who claims her son was subjected to repeated bullying and name calling at Walnut Hill Elementary School has filed a $5-million lawsuit against Roane County.
    Former Walnut Hill principal Kevin Ayers, Director of Schools Toni McGriff, all 10 members of the Board of Education and County Executive Ron Woody are named as defendants. 
    “This is a case that needs to be brought to the public’s attention,” Kingston attorney Gary McDonald said.

  • Pain clinic makes its case

    Proponents of a proposed pain management facility called Roane County Interventional Pain Management say the facility would not be like the pain pill mills that are often in the news.
    Instead, while prescription pain relief may be used at times, other methods — including physical therapy and interventional pain management procedures — also would be used.

  • Noisy brakes irk residents

    Kingston City Council passed by a six-to-one vote on first reading an ordinance regulating the use of so-called “jake brakes” — the Jacobs engine compression braking systems, usually employed on large trucks — within city limits.
    The law would enable local police to stop truckers and make sure that they were in compliance with federal laws for the brakes.
    The police would not have such powers on the interstate.

  • The Garden Gate: ‘Super trees’ deserving of the title

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    One of the oldest living species of plants in the world is the gingko tree, which has flourished unchanged for nearly 200 million years, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Mezozoic period. For this reason it is often referred to as a living fossil.

    Botanists researching the ancient evolution of plants through their fossil remains have discovered gingko trees were to be found in many parts of the world in prehistoric

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 10 to 11 p.m. Nov. 20 on Hwy. 58 at the Tennessee River bridge in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.