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Today's News

  • Indictment in child abuse case

    A 3-year-old child allegedly suffered a fractured skull and fractured jaw at the hands of a 21-year-old Kingston man last fall.

    The alleged perpetrator, Dakota Cain Lamping, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on four counts of aggravated child abuse.

    Kingston Police Detective Keith Kile said Lamping took the child to Roane Medical Center on Oct. 11, claiming she was injured falling down steps.

  • Troop 101 celebrating 75th year

    Generations of young men have gone through the ranks of Kingston’s Boy Scouts Troop 101.

    In fact, fathers, sons and now grandsons have participated, first as scouts and later as scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters in the troop’s 75-year history.

    “This is a great troop because it stays active,” said Ted Dailey.

    He and his wife, Laura, are perfect examples of the generational connections the troop has,

  • Kimble Chase pulls for a cause

    Rockwood’s Kimble Chase collected about 1,400 pounds of food for local food banks.

    The effort was part of Kimble Chase’s participation in parent company Gerresheimer’s Week.

    In addition to the local food collection, the company will be making a monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.

    “We wanted something all inclusive that everyone could participate in,” said Heather Hagensee, human resource manager at Kimble Chase.

  • Kingston looks to build on summer camp success after returning from dead period

    With the TSSAA dead period officially coming to a close on the Fourth of July, teams will now report back with their coaches and begin work for the 2015-16 seasons.

    For Kingston head coach Colt Narramore, that means a lot of getting back to the basics.

  • Rockwood swim team makes strides in year four

    For most sports, the end of June and first of July are considered dead-periods.

    No contact between players and coaches, no practices, only personal workouts.

    For the Rockwood swim team, however, things are just heating up.

    So far this season, the team has only had two meets: one against Kingston, and another against Ft. Saunders.

    Despite early season struggles in the pool, the team has come a long way from its rebirth four years ago.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Mr. Obama’s ‘Week That Was’

    You know, gentle reader, that there are times when you are on a losing streak, and no matter what you do, nor how you do it, nothing seems to come out right, and then, dictu mirabile — wondrous to say — all of a sudden everything changes, and all your cards are right, your numbers are what they should be, your dice are charmed, in short your luck has changed, and every thing is coming up roses.

  • Henry governor’s new chief of staff

    Kingston’s Jim Henry is Gov. Bill Haslam’s new chief of staff, the governor announced this week.

    His appointment makes it the second time in consecutive governors that a Roane Countian has served as a Tennessee governor’s right-hand man.
    David Cooley, formerly of Rockwood, was deputy to former governor Phil Bredesen.

    In 2002, Jim Henry was a candidate in the Republican primary against Bredesen.

    Then-U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary won the primary, but lost to Bredesen.

  • Do we expect too much as athletes?

    Believe it or not, yes, professional athletes are humans like the rest of us.

    They also, like the rest of us, possess the ability to say some incredible stupid things.

    The only difference is when they say incredibly stupid things, chances are, it’s not going to simply be going gentle into the good night.

    So it should come as no surprise after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage last Friday that stupid things were said.

  • FLW Tour Pros Wesley Strader, Brad Knight fall short on Potomac River

    Things didn’t exactly go as planned for local FLW pros Brad Knight and Wesley Strader this past weekend on the Potomac River.

    Neither pro made the cut to compete on day three after Strader, of Rockwood, hauled in only 23 pounds, four ounces to finish in 48th, and Knight, of Lancing, captured 76th place with 21 pounds, 10 ounces.

    Clark Wendlandt, of Leander, Texas, took the top spot with a four-day total of 60 pounds, winning the $125,000 prize.

  • Losses lead former Yellow Jacket Marcus Hutson through life, into medical field

    The last thing a 7-year-old Marcus Hutson was able to give his father was a baseball with the words, “I’ll blast one for you,” written on it.

    The ball, nestled inside his father’s casket would prove not to be a hope, but a promise.

    Just days after Mark Hutson’s funeral, his only son, Marcus, had a game his family wasn’t sure he would play in, but like all the other times before, the Hutson family loaded up and made the trip to the ballpark.