Today's News

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Proposed K-14 worth a listen

    If you have not yet had the opportunity to listen to the K-14 presentation from The Roane Alliance CEO and President Wade Creswell, I urge that you do so.

    The presentation begins with a rather sobering picture of challenges facing Roane County. These challenges include things like negative population growth, an aging population, crime and drug addiction that will reduce the quality of life.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Stooping to such reaps rewards

    History often surprises and disappoints those who seek simple lessons from it. One reason for this is that few observers grasp the unintended consequences of historical events.

    To appreciate this, one need only consider how the American Civil War spurred the nation’s emergence as an industrial super power or how World War II accelerated advances for women and African Americans.

  • ETHRA providing housing vouchers

    East Tennessee Human Resource Agency administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program in 16 East Tennessee counties.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this program provides up to 784 vouchers to help families obtain safe, decent housing at an affordable price.

    Homes must be inspected and meet HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.

    The rental subsidy is based on each family’s income and is paid directly to the landlord.

  • Spring soccer has cold start

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Stone Memorial Panthers squared off in a pre-season soccer scrimmage Thursday evening in Kingston. The cold weather made for some interesting play between the teams before ending in a 2-2 tie.

  • New coach for Green Wave

    The reins of the Midway Green Wave boys’ basketball team changed hands Thursday afternoon.

    Coach Justin O’Toole stepped down as the head coach and will be replaced by Hoyle Humphreys.

    O’Toole sited personal reasons as to why he chose to vacate the position.

    He will still serve as the Midway Middle School Coach and said that he will be helping out with the football team in the coming year.

    Humphreys served as an assistant coach and the junior varsity coach for Midway this past season.

  • Meetings to assist nuclear workers

    Nuclear workers at Oak Ridge’s Y-12, X-10/Oak Ridge National Laboratory and K-25 Plants are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Cold War Patriots meetings for customized information about government compensation and health-care benefits they have earned.

    The first meeting will be on March 19 in Kingston’s Noah’s Event Venue at 1200 Ladd Landing.

    Subsequent meetings will be March 20 at Oak Ridge Double Tree, March 21 at Clinton Community Center, and March 22 at The Venue at Lenoir City.

  • Sears Chamber’s top business in March
  • Has credit card DEBT gotten out of HAND?

    U.S. consumers racked up $92.2 billion in credit card debt during 2017, pushing outstanding balances past $1 trillion for the first time ever, according to WalletHub’s latest Credit Card Debt Study, based on Federal Reserve data released last week.

    Only four times in the past 30 years have Americans spent so much in a year, the WalletHub study revealed. And in each of those prior cases, the charge-off rate – currently hovering near historical lows – rose the following year.

  • Mom accused of starving tot to stand trial in September

    Trial dates have been set again for the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death.

    Amanda Dotson is scheduled to face a jury on Sept. 24. Matthew Dotson is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 16, 2019.

    All trial dates are tentative. Both Dotsons have had multiple trial dates in the past that were postponed.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards sounded optimistic about the new trial dates.

    “It’s looking more likely we’re going to trial on those dates,” he said.


    Rockwood Fire Department made sure it’s ready to reach those in need with some training on their self-contained breathing apparatus and on low-angle rescue.

    Low-angle rescue is a skill used in scenarios such as reaching a car wreck at the bottom of a steep embankment.

    “It is like rope rescue, but your feet never leaves the ground,” said Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

    “We probably have somewhere between four to six accidents a year on the highway where they go off to the point we have to have assistance getting there.”