Today's News

  • New lot provides more courthouse parking

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said people who can’t find a parking spot at the courthouse or county jail can use the paved lot at the Building and Codes Office.

    “That’s a public parking lot,” he said.

    The codes office is at 308 N. Third St., Kingston. The lot, which has 22 spaces, is adjacent to the jail.

  • Lady Waves fall in title game, 8-7

    The old saying, to be the best you have to beat the best, was never more true than last Thursday evening at Greenback High School.

  • Lady Jackets advance to Region 2-AA Tournament

    The Kingston Lady Jackets didn't get all the wins they wanted Thursday evening at the District 4-AA Tournament at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), but they did get the one they needed as the Lady Jackets will advance to next week's Region 2-AA Tournament.

  • Lady 'Cats advance to region

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats will be playing in Monday's Region 2-A Tournament thanks to a 10-0 victory over Oneida Thursday evening.

  • Oliver Springs captures District 4-A title

    A win is a win is a win.

    That was pretty much the feeling at Oliver Springs' Arrowhead Park Thursday evening following the Bobcats' 6-5 victory over Oneida in the District 4-A Tournament championship game.

  • Withholding news right call under rare conditions

    Journalists are in the business of telling the news, not hiding it.
     But there are times — very few times, despite conspiracy-and-bias claims fueled by a media-criticism cottage industry — when news organizations do decide to hold the news that they know.
    These instances are rare enough that when they happen, it’s news in itself.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Do European elections foreshadow U.S. ones?

    Much of the news the past few days and weeks has originated in Europe, particularly in the European Union and the Euro Zone.
    Three of the more prominent identities mentioned in this European news are the President of France, the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the United Kingdom, and the leaders of the largest news organization, News Corp., Inc., the Murdoch family. Each of these has a lesser or greater connexion with the United States.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Despite differences, feelings for Mom run deep

    A few of you out there have met my mother. She’s a wonderful woman who’ll turn 77 this month, although you wouldn’t know it to look at her.
    With stunning green eyes and a big smile, she is a classic beauty who can easily pass for someone a decade or more younger.
    In fact, she hears this from people on a regular basis.
    She lives a few counties over, and treasures her clear view of the rising Smokey Mountains almost as much as the air she breathes.
    As with many daughters and mothers, ours is a complicated relationship.

  • Chief logs 25 years with Kingston police force

    The fact that Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is a quick study is born out by his record.
    A rookie patrolman with Kingston in 1987 at the age of 22, he made criminal investigator by 1993; shift sergeant by ’96; lieutenant by ’97; assistant chief by ’98; and became chief of the department in 2000.

  • TVA still plans small reactor

    Despite cost overruns for Watts Bar Unit 2 and a decline in revenues, TVA has not abandoned its plan to build a small modular reactor in Roane County.   
    “TVA will continue to participate on a team that will make a proposal to the Department of Energy in response to a cost-share program for the design and licensing of up to two small modular reactor designs,” TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said. “The site in Roane County will be part of that proposal.”