Today's News

  • Reminder: Property taxes due by month’s end

    February is the final month to pay 2015 property taxes without penalty.

    To accommodate the expected rush, Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office at the courthouse will open on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

    She said her office plans to stick to its normal hours for the rest of the month.

    The trustee’s office is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

    The courthouse will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day.

  • TVA meetings to address ash disposal options

    TVA is hosting information open houses this week to receive comments from the public about options for disposal of ash and other coal combustion products at its Bull Run and Kingston Fossil Plants.

    The open house on Bull Run will take place today – Wednesday – at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on Oak Ridge Turnpike from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    The open house on the Kingston Fossil Plant is scheduled for Thursday at Roane County High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Roane County High School is located on Cumberland Street in Kingston.

  • Leniency sought in pill mill sentence

    Leniency is being urged for a Roane County man involved in an East Tennessee prescription pill conspiracy.

    “He had never been in trouble prior to this event,” Kingston residents Mike and Linda Farmer said in a letter to Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    Varlan is scheduled to sentence their son – Michael Puckett – on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

  • Season ends for HMS boys, OSMS girls Friday night

    The 2015-16 season came to a disappointing end for the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats and Harriman Middle School Blue Devils Friday night, as both would drop semifinal TMSSAA East Tennessee AA Sectional games at Pigeon Forge Middle School.

    The Lady ’Cats took the floor first and ran into a buzz saw, as eventual champion Holston won in dominating fashion, 37-12.

  • Kingston, Oliver Springs split rivalry make-up games

    Another county rivalry series is over for the 2015-'16 season, as Kingston split a make-up game with Oliver Springs Monday night in a game postponed Jan. 21 due to snow.

    The Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Bobcats 61-41, while the Bobcats used a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Yellow Jackets 57-52.

    Kingston 61, Oliver Springs 41: Rachel Layne poured in 22 points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal to give her team its 19th victory of the season.

  • Kingston sweeps Scott in district finale

    The Kingston basketball teams wrapped the District 4AA season Friday night by sweeping a pair of games at Scott,  as the Lady Jackets won 49-41 and the Jackets were victorious 58-45.

    Kingston 49, Scott 41: Taylor Thurman and Abby Wilson tallied 15 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Jackets.

  • District-leading Meigs County Tigers beat Harriman twice

    The Harriman basketball teams traveled to Meigs County Friday night to face District 3A leaders Meigs County, as the Lady Devils and Blue Devils seeking momentum to go into the district next week.

    Despite great efforts by both teams, the Lady Devils dropped their contest 46-38, while the Devils lost 65-55.

    Meigs County 46, Harriman 38: The Lady Devils proved they could play with the Lady Tigers and gave them all they could handle; however,  the high voltage offense of Meigs County pulled away for the victory.

  • Grace Christian sweeps Rockwood in make-up games

    By Michael Lindsay

    Rockwood hosted Grace Christian Monday night in a makeup doubleheader, as the Tigers lost a thriller in overtime 69-68, while the Lady Tigers were beaten 46-25.

    Grace Christian 69, Rockwood 68: The Tigers were within mere seconds from taking down Grace Christian Academy, but were unable to do so as they lost an overtime thriller by a score of 69-68.

  • Rockwood splits with Midway in district clash last Friday

    A near capacity crowd in the Dr. Tom Evans gymnasium at Rockwood High School Friday night witnessed the Tigers and Lady Tigers split a pair of District 3A games with the Midway basketball teams.

    The Tigers downed the Green Wave 69-38, while the Lady Waves 47-35.

    Rockwood 69, Midway 38: Matt Thompson, Austin Cooper and Case Miller led the Tigers with 17, 12 and 11 points, respectively,.

    Jake Woody led Midway with 11 points, as Coach Darrell Ruffner gave his entire team some quality time on the Tiger court.

  • OFF the CUFF: Ten-Dollar Founding Father gift is a lot of Hams

    I want tickets to see “Hamilton” for my upcoming real birthday.

    For those of you not in the know, I’m that rarity whose birthday falls on Feb. 29. Which means this year’s age is divisible by four, but that’s all I’m disclosing.

    Unfortunately, it might take until Feb. 29, 2020, to realize this year’s birthday wish.