Today's News

  • VECustomers Share gives grant to Laurel Bluff boosters group

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County community service organizations in April.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $3.7 million to various community-service organizations.
    Roane County groups garnering grants in April include the Laurel Bluff Baseball Boosters, which received a $2,000 grant; and the Tennessee Chapel Baptist Church Food Pantry Fund, which was awarded a $750 grant.

  • Out to Lunch: Land’s End worth the trip for dessert and frog legs

    The weather was just right to sit on the outdoor patio of Land’s End Southern Seafood and Steak, overlooking scenic Watts Bar Lake, for our recent “Out to Lunch” adventure.
    Home folks know the location as Euchee Marina at Ten Mile. It’s now called Osprey Pointe Marina. Going south on Hwy. 58 from Kingston, turn right on River Road (Hwy. 304) and enjoy the ride. Land’s End is on the right at 200 Euchee Lane, about 15 miles down River Road and  seven miles north of Watts Bar Dam.

  • After the storm: Homeowners pick up pieces from the lives of those devastated by disaster

    Roane County escaped serious damage from heavy storms that traveled across the Southeast last month.

    Homeowners across the county, however, are finding themselves affected by the devastation in an unexpected manner.

    Tattered and weathered pictures have been found in unlikely places across the county. And many are wondering if the wayward weather has blown these images from parts unknown.

  • State audit praises EMS

    A recent audit by the Tennessee Department of Health detected no deficiencies with Roane County’s ambulance operation.

    “Very good audit,” the report said. “It was pleasure to do the audit at Roane County EMS. All documentation and records were in order with service far exceeding the minimum requirements.”

    The audit also said Roane County’s ambulance service meets the state’s requirements for a Class A service. That’s the highest a service can achieve.

  • Federal meth sentences meted

    Last year’s roundup of meth suspects turned out to be a good haul for law enforcement.

    Eighteen of the 21 defendants have been sentenced in federal court so far.

    The average sentence has been 94 months.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said it’s a plus when local law enforcement can get someone charged federally because the punishments are much stiffer.

  • Kingston native manager of new Tractor Supply

    Kingston native Susan Brown has been named store manager of the new Tractor Supply Co. store in Rockwood.
    Brown began her career at Tractor Supply Co. as a manager-in-training two years ago in Sevierville. She later became manager of the Ooltewah store near Chattanooga. Before joining the company, she was store manager at Babies “R” Us for 15 years.

  • Bobcats fall in title game, 8-6

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats gave the Wartburg Central Bulldogs all they could handle and then some, but in the end, timely hits by the Bulldogs proved to be too much to overcome as Wartburg took an 8-6 win and the District 4-A Championship Thursday evening. 

  • Lady Jackets capture District 4-AA title

    Friday the 13th turned out to be a great day for the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets as Ronnie Ladd’s squad traveled to Alcoa and downed the Lady Tornadoes, 8-4, to win the 2011 District 4-AA Tournament championship.

  • Kingston holidays get brighter

    Even if it doesn’t snow, Kingston will be able to declare a White Christmas each season for a couple of decades to come.

    That’s because of the efforts of one “bulldog” city councilman and the head of the street department.

    At this week’s city council meeting, Councilman Don White kicked off one of the city’s more colorful presentations with a motion to buy new city Christmas lights for $17,539.

  • Coal ash regs await EPA approval

    Those anxiously awaiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final ruling on coal ash regulations will have to endure a little while longer.

    The agency said it is unlikely the rule will be released in 2011.