Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Reason says we should have health care for all

    Faithful, long-time readers should be aware that there is likely no one any more devoted to the principles of personal responsibility than the old curmudgeon.

    However, he is also devoted to the corollary of those principles, or what some might well regard as being, in fact, an integral part of those principles, that is to say one should be fully, personally responsible for his own actions or those actions which he has caused or precipitated, together with the natural, reasonably anticipatable consequences arising therefrom.

  • GLIMPSES: Church Called Bethel turning 200

    By Mark Banker

    My parents, Gene and Katy Banker, joined Bethel Presbyterian Church on Jan. 7, 1951 – two months after they moved to Kingston and three weeks before I was born.

    In those days when Bethel was open, our large family was there. But Biblical names did not deter we six Banker sons from youthful irreverence. Our squirming on Bethel’s second pew and the stern glances they evoked from Mom and Dad doubtlessly distracted (and perhaps amused) other worshipers.

  • Webb’s blast ends Kingston’s title hopes

    By Michael Lindsay


  • District Champions

    After losing two players to injury in a 7-4 District 4A Tournament loss to Coalfield last Tuesday, many believed it was a foregone conclusion that the Lady ’Cats would finish no better than second place at Oneida’s Bear Creek Sports Complex.

  • Estranged husband said to wield axe handle in fight

    Harriman police arrested a man who was reportedly swinging an axe handle in an altercation near Little Caesars on Roane Street.

    Jerry Butler II, 45, of 905 Unaka St., Harriman, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and vandalism in the Monday fracas.

    Jerry Griffin told police Butler struck him with an axe handle in an altercation that drew onlookers from nearby area businesses.

  • Come SailAway: Kingston academy aims to tailor learning

    While some educational experts continue to ponder the wisdom of “mega schools” one Roane County educator is betting that smaller can still be better.

    For 20 years, SailAway Learning and Academy in Kingston has championed a “micro school” concept that provides an individualized learning experience for its students.

  • 2 hurt in crash on Hwy. 58

    A Ten Mile man is facing charges in connection with a head-on crash that happened on the morning of May 4 South of the River on Hwy. 58.

    “It was not a fatal crash,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Don Boshears said.

    The THP investigated, and levied a reckless driving charge against 45-year-old Christopher M. Whitmire.

    According to the report, he was headed north in a 1996 Honda Accord around 6 a.m. when he crossed the center line and struck a 2016 ETHRA bus head-on.

  • Harriman still eyeing Pacifico as city’s public safety director

    Harriman officials are continuing to look at ways to restructure their staffing.

    Key to that plan is the possibility of naming Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico public safety director but the main discussion now is whether to make a codes enforcement officer a full-time or part-time position.

    “We are not getting just behind,” Councilman Buddy Holley said. “When we get better at one area, we get bad somewhere else.

    “I think it is a full time job, at least for several years.”

  • Property owner given time to clean up

    The owner of a fire-damaged home at 115 Shubert St. in Kingston is being granted more time to clean up and rehabilitate the property.

    During a hearing Tuesday to decide whether to order demolition of the home, the Kingston City Council voted unanimously to give property owner Nick Robbins a timetable for compliance with safety issues.

    The property, which burned in 2013, has passed through at least two owners who acquired the home through a tax sale. Robbins acquired the home in 2016.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Use Republican Rule to defer school decision

    Gentle reader, you no doubt recall that Emerson said that ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.’ Events of the last few weeks have caused us to wonder what the great Ralph Waldo would have said about folks whose chief consistency consists of inconsistency.

    We refer, of course to our Roane County School Board for they have proven themselves to be remarkably consistent in their inconsistency.