Today's News

  • Football woes cause to worry?

    Americans love football. There’s no denying that simple fact.
    With the Super Bowl already played and in the history books, now comes the time when fans will have to fill their time with reading and watching news stories about their teams until next fall.
    Fans are rabid in their devotion to their pro, collegiate, or high school team of choice.
    So, if that is the case, why is football suffering? Well, at least the NFL and NCAA are starting to hurt. I don’t think we have to worry too much about high school.

  • Kingston standout to keep hitting links
  • Kingston splits with Tornadoes

    With the end of the regular season fast approaching, district games have become even more important.

    That was the case Tuesday evening when Kingston played host to the Alcoa Tornadoes.

    The girls game ended with the Lady Jackets winning, 45-35.

    Playing without standout senior point guard Abby Wilson, the rest of team appeared to be motivated to win for their teammate.

    Kingston’s defense shutdown Alcoa in the first and opened up the game for the offense.

  • Devils ruin McKinney’s big night

    By Melissa Coley


    Parker McKinney scored 4o points in a losing effort for Coalfield Yellow Jackets as the Harriman Blue Devils came to town and defeated the Jackets by a score of 80-76 Tuesday night.

    Coalfield jumped out to an early lead with a 6-0 run as McKinney put up 13 in the first quarter, but early foul trouble triggered Jacket head coach Daniel Byrd to go to his bench. Spencer Moore sparked the Devils by opening up their scoring with a trey and Jalen McCullum added 6 as the Jackets lea after one by a score of 20-14.

  • Eagles escape South of the River

    The Oakdale Eagles were able to escape from South of the River with a 65-60 win against the Midway Green Wave Tuesday evening.

    Midway came out fast and physical as evidenced by Bailey Parks coming away with the opening tip off and raced to a lay-up before anyone could react.

    The back-and-forth between the teams continued throughout the first quarter, but the Green Wave’s physical and fast play won out as Midway held an 18-15 lead going into the second period.

  • Ross’s milestone pushes Midway

    Caitlyn Ross scored 21 points and surpassed the 1,000-point milestone on the way to a 55-52 Midway win against Oakdale Tuesday.

    Most of the game was a see-saw battle with the Lady Waves battling to catch up to the Lady Eagles.

    “I told the girls before the game that they had better be ready,” Midway Coach Mike Hayes said. “We haven’t practiced since last Wednesday and we played Thursday night and Friday night.

    “We couldn’t do anything for four days.

  • Come on in — the water’s fine
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Treason not to applaud Trump? Lincoln & ‘Dixie’

    Gentle reader, as you know, the usual gestation period for the genus homo sapiens is nine months. We have now entered a parallel period of similar length for the gestation of the re-birth of America, or of her death.

    That is, in just under nine months we will have the 2018 Congressional elections whereat all the members of the House of Representatives, and one-third of the Senate will be elected. These elections will be a referendum on the current Republican Government, i.e. the President, the House, and the Senate.

  • GOING with the FLO: Filth and immorality have permeated our society

    America is rotting from within because we’ve put corruptible characters in office. Filth and immorality have permeated our society.

    While watching the drama of the FISA memo, I was reminded of what most of us have forgotten. We must listen to those who are in authority! I don’t listen to anyone who isn’t under authority.

  • Roane Academy staffer injured in restraint attempt

    A male staff member was injured at Roane Academy on Monday.

    The incident happened around 12:45 p.m.

    According to an E-911 report, the staff member injured his shoulder trying to restrain someone.

    “Looks like his shoulder is out of place,” the report said.

    An ambulance responded and the staffer was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    Roane Academy is at 503 Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The facility houses juveniles for the state.