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Today's News

  • RCHS teacher jailed for harassment

    John Plemens, a teacher at Roane County High School, was arrested for harassment Wednesday afternoon.

    “He’s been having some altercations with his ex-wife’s boyfriend,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    According to the warrant filed in the case, Kingston Sgt. Roy Montgomery met with the alleged victim, Garvin Clay Morris, at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.

  • School board votes to build one new school

    High school education in Roane County could look vastly different in the future. Thursday night the Board of Education voted to build one new high school for the county.

    None of the county’s current five high schools would remain open under the plan. The new school would serve the Midway, Oliver Springs, Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood districts.

    “There’s no looking back,” Vice Chairman Rob Jago said. “The decision is made. The real winners are our children. They’ve all won.”

  • Guinn receives Daddy Jacket Award

    I watched victories in games and saw the development in character.  I saw the adversity you have gone through as a team. You are the next generation of leaders," said Wade Creswell at the Kingston football banquet on Feb. 18.
    He was the master of ceremonies for the annual banquet held at the First Baptist Church for the 4-6 Yellow Jackets.

  • Harriman loses close one to GCA

    C.J. Gettlefinger hit two free throws with 4.5 seconds left in the game to give the Grace Christian Academy (GCA)Rams a 68-66 victory over the Harriman Blue Devils for the District 3A championship Wednesday at Tellico Plains High School.
    Blue Devil Hayden Bingham missed a game-tying shot at the buzzer, sending his team into the region quarterfinals against Coalfield Saturday at Harriman High School.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Rachel (Mrs. J.C.) Parker: Gone but not forgotten

    Gentle reader, Thursday, 16 February, 2017, marked the end of an era as concerns Kingston, and Roane County for that matter, for that was the day that Rachel Parker died.

  • Institute for Energy Research: Pipeline Populism: Complete, Build

    By Robert L. Bradley Jr.

    President Donald Trump is about to give the U.S. economy a power-up. He just approved the long delayed construction of two mega-projects, Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines.

    This means more domestic energy, more economic growth, and more jobs for Americans. But it also means more theatrics from environmental extremists. The new president and his team should hang tough and ignore their doomsday predictions.

  • Lady Jackets go for 4AA crown

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets earned a berth in their first District 4AA Championship since 2003 Friday night with a hard-fought, physical 61-49 victory over Christian Academy of Knoxville in the district tournament semifinals played at Alcoa.
    Kingston played the host Lady Tornadoes Tuesday night. A victory over Alcoa would give the Lady Jackets their first district title since 2001. A win would also give the Lady Jackets a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region 2AA Tournament.

  • Harriman seeks 3A championship

    "We played well defensively. Our offense struggled at times. We kept our composure and knocked down some free throws at the end," said Harriman Coach Shay Shannon, after his Blue Devils defeated Meigs County 76-72 in the District 3A semi-finals Monday night at Tellico Plains.
    Harriman faces Grace Christian Academy (GCA)  for the championship Wednesday at 8 p.m. seeking to avenge two regular season losses to the Rams. GCA defeated Tellico Plains 89-61 in the other semi-final. Meigs County and Tellico Plains square off in the consolation game at 6:30 p.m.

  • Roane State sweeps Chattanooga State

    The Roane State basketball teams swept a pair of games with Chattanooga State Saturday, as the Raiderettes notched a 74-64 victory in overtime and the Raiders defeated CSTCC  83-79.
    Roane State 74, Chattanooga State 64:  Lacy Cantrell recorded a double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds) with two assists and one steal to lead the Raiderettes, while Amberlee Zeller added 12 points and two rebounds, and RaChelle Parks also had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) with one assist and two steals.

  • Wear red and get in free to Roane State’s basketball games against Walters State

    Fans who wear red to Roane State’s Saturday basketball games against rival Walters State will be admitted free.
    The Roane State women play at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.
    “A lot is on the line this Saturday,” Roane State men’s coach and athletic director Randy Nesbit said. “The women’s team is playing for a possible third-place finish in our tough, 10-team conference, and the men are vying for a second-place finish.