Today's News

  • Plateau Park unraveling?

    In 2007, the Roane County Commission approved the borrowing of $2.5 million to join Cumberland and Morgan counties in an industrial park venture.
    Now infrastructure issues have some officials second guessing the decision.
    After listening to a presentation at the Oct. 18 commission meeting, new commissioner Randy Ellis questioned whether it is wise for Roane County to stay involved in the project.      
    “Do we need to sell what we got, cut our losses and move on?” he asked.

  • Permanent Peace Walk

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: And now you know

    I’m celebrating an important one-year anniversary on Oct. 26. And in a way, many of you regular readers have been a part of it.
    I’ve lost more than 140 pounds since my highest post-thyroid cancer weight, when steroids and other complications left me swollen, stiff-jointed and moon-faced.
    I told you of my cancer then, almost three years ago, because it felt important for me to do so. Cancer is so often whispered about, but by openly talking about it, I felt I was confronting an enemy head on.

  • Ferguson rep to meet with constituents

    State Rep. Dennis Ferguson’s field representative, Donna Davis, is holding three monthly listening meetings on Wednesday, Oct, 27, for his constituents.

    The first will be at 310 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  
    The second meeting will be at 131 Britain Village, Oliver Springs, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The last  will be at the Oak Ridge Turnpike Gatehouse on Hwy. 95 in Oak Ridge from 3- 4:30 p.m.

  • Kingston advances to title game

    The Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team got one step closer Tuesday night to their goal of a district championship with a 4-0 win over the Loudon Lady Redskins.

  • Kingston stays hot in TVL action

    For the fourth week in a row, the Kingston crickets, hoppers and cutters all won games in Tennessee Valley Conference play. The only blemish for Kingston last Saturday was the peewee loss to Oak Ridge. The only points Kingston allowed to Oak Ridge East was a single touchdown in the cricket game. 

  • Close games highlight week 9 schedule

    Friday night should be a great night for Roane County football fans as all five of Roane County teams will be in action, and on paper anyway, all five games should be close.

    Only one county team has a district game this week as Oliver Springs hosts Wartburg.

  • Burn permits needed now through May 15

    From Oct. 15 through May 15, anyone doing outdoor burning in Tennessee are required to obtain a free burn permit from the Tennessee Deptartment of Agriculture, Forestry Division.
    Burning without a permit during this time period is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a $50 fine, as well as suppression costs.
    To obtain a permit, call your local forestry office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    You are responsible for your fire and any damages incurred should it escape, as well as liable for suppression costs.

  • Sophomoric speech is free speech, too

    Some school memories are more golden than others.
    While we’ve all benefited from the good teachers and school administrators in our lives, it’s hard to shake the memories of those who either didn’t teach us very well or treated us badly.
    Students in the pre-digital era pretty much just had to grin and bear it. We would grumble to our friends or complain to our parents, but we weren’t going to get an audience with the school board.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Do you feel a sudden urge to scratch?

    I recall a little rhyme my sister and I would exchange after our parents banished us from the living room at bedtime.
    She taught it to me when we were Air Force brats sharing twin beds in the same room at various bases across the globe.
    When we finally settled into a house Daddy built in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, we continued the nightly passage before saying our prayers from separate rooms.