Today's News

  • Dry conditions, fires plague area

    Over the weekend, four additional wildfires burned across the region.

    Although they were not large in size (largest being 10 acres), it serves as an indicator as to how dry the region is.

    Two fires occurred in Monroe County; both of these were suspected cigarettes.

    A 10-acre fire continues to burn in Morgan County off Tunnel Hill Road. One 2-acre arson fire is out in Scott County.
    In addition, a structure fire in Knox County set a nearby forest on fire, and state forestry crews are working to contain this part of the blaze.  

  • Princess seat sponsorship offered

    The Princess Theatre¹s seat sponsorship program gives people an opportunity to support the theatre’s events, its programs and role as a center for arts education.

    Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000. A permanent plaque will be placed on each seat a person sponsors. The plaque can include two lines of text (25 characters per line) of the sponsor¹s choice.

  • Jackets advance to District 8 A Tournament

    When the Dixie Youth A sub district tournament started Friday in Kingston, three Roane County teams were hoping to peak at just the right time and advance to this week's Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament in Caryville.

  • Kingston cruising in O-Zone tourney
  • Kingston rolling through AA tourney

    After two days and three rounds of action in the Dixie Youth AA sub-district tournament in Rockwood, it appears that the Kingston AA All-stars are the team to beat.

  • New look for a Harriman car dealership
  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Have a meal fit for The Queen at Paris Apartment

    “You need to write about The Paris Apartment & Tea Room in Sweetwater,” longtime friend Luci Bell told my wife, Carol, and me one Sunday morning at church.

    “I recently went with my Garden Club from Kingston, and everyone really enjoyed the food and the trip,” she added.

    The Paris Apartment was already on my “Out to Lunch” prospect list.

    “When can you and Jimmy (her husband) go with us?” I replied.

  • Son of one time county executive indicted for drugs

    Tyler Farmer, the son of former Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, has been indicted by the Roane County grand jury on drug charges.

    A sheriff’s deputy went to 156 Greystone Way in Kingston to arrest Tyler Farmer on June 20.

    “Upon arrival, I made contact with Mr. Farmer in the driveway of the residence,” the report on his arrest said. “Mr. Farmer was arrested on an outstanding criminal court capias.”

  • Sewer line access issue resolving

    Despite the scary language in a recent resolution, Kingston officials believe a sewer line problem — access to which is blocked by a private garage — can be resolved without incident.

    “We’ve met with the homeowners involved,” said City Manager Jim Pinkerton. “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to negotiate an arrangement. We’re just asking for the authority to do whatever we might need to do.”

  • THP lieutenant goes back for degree

    Many people decide to return to school — often out of necessity:  to overcome a layoff, increase skills or because of a feeling of unfinished business.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Jessie Brooks, 55, falls into the last group.

    Brooks has made a career out of law enforcement, but recently he decided he wanted to accomplish a longtime goal of finishing his criminal justice degree.