Today's News

  • AA Jackets eliminated from World Series

    The Kingston AA All-Stars made history recently by becoming the first team ever from Roane County to advance to a Dixie Youth World Series in any age group.

  • 2011 All-District 4-AA Baseball Team


  • Three Jackets named all-district

  • Vols win KOC championship
  • Troubled bar in hot water again

    A week after it was the scene of a kiling, a Harriman Hwy. bar was the site of more trouble over the weekend.

    Law enforcement responded to a fight at the Grill and Pub Saturday morning.

    An unnamed woman called 911 just after midnight to report the incident.

    “She said all she needed was an officer with an (expletive) gun,” said the 911 report.

    Arriving deputies found  Emilio Smithwick and Bruno Ramirez fighting in the parking lot.

  • 'Aggressive action' key to problem at tavern

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was asked what he plans to do about the Grill and Pub during a sheriff’s liaison committee meeting on Monday.

    “We are going to aggressively pursue some type of action,” Stockton told the committee.

    The Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, is at 2224 Harriman Hwy.

    A homicide occurred outside the bar on July 23. This past Saturday, two people were arrested in the parking lot for fighting.

  • County looking to buy another white house

    Roane County is looking to purchase another white house near the new jail.

    However, County Executive Ron Woody said don’t expect a repeat of the county’s last “white house” episode.

    There are no plans to renovate this one for office space, he said.

    “The intent would be to purchase the property so we could have additional parking,” he said.

    The Roane County Commission meets on Monday at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • It's fishing rodeo time again

    Dennis Ferguson’s Fishing Rodeo for Kids  is being held Aug. 6 at Roane County Park .

    Free to children 5-14, registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and fishing starts at 8:30.  

    The rodeo was started by Ferguson, a former state representative, who promised the event would continue even after he lost his re-election bid last November.

    “I’m never going to stop it so long as I’m able,” said Ferguson, who added that he has it set up as a nonprofit.

  • TWRA to close Catoosa due to vandalism

    Heavy vandalism to the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area has prompted state officials to decide to temporarily shut off public access due to safety concerns.

    The popular outdoors area in Morgan, Cumberland and Fentress counties will be closed to all public access, effective Aug. 8, said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials on Tuesday.

    Officials with TWRA, which manages the site, said vandals have placed nails, spikes and nail-boards in Catoosa fields, secondary roads and trails on since June.

  • DOE to test sirens at Oak Ridge today

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Aug. 3 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.