Today's News

  • 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.

  • DA welcomes Sessions’ stiffer federal guidelines

    Roane Countians who get convicted in federal court could face stiff sentences. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to all federal prosecutors last week directing them to “charge and pursue the most serious readily provable offense.”

  • 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.

  • Hospital security guard disarms man

    A Roane Medical Center security guard was able to convince a Lancing man to give him his gun on Friday afternoon after the man allegedly threatened to kill his wife.

    Harriman police identified the man as Jason Byrge. No  age was available at press time.

    “The hospital security actually disarmed him before we got there,” said Harriman Police Lt. Jarrod Whitson. “He was actually in the car with the gun, not walking around.”

    Byrge allegedly made threats while talking to the guard.

  • Clinch reactor meetings today

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is scheduled to hold two public meetings today – Monday – on TVA’s early site permit application for the Clinch River site.

    The meetings will be at the Pollard Technology Conference Center Auditorium at 210 Badger Ave., Oak Ridge.

    The first meeting is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m.; the second meeting is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m.

    TVA has expressed interest in deploying a small modular reactor at the Clinch River site.

  • On a big KICK

    A group of Bowers Elementary School third, fourth and fifth graders are getting fit to benefit others.

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico and some of his staff joined the youth for a rousing game of kickball to earn even more points in UNICEF’s Kid Power program, which has youngsters tracking their fitness activities with UNICEF Kid Power bands in order to send therapeutic food packages to kids in need.

  • Ex-employee files suit against Omni Visions

    Omni Visions is being sued by a former employee who claims she was retaliated against for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct and TennCare fraud at the company’s facility in Roane County.

    Harriman resident Vickie Davis filed the lawsuit last week in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Omni Visions operates Roane Academy, which houses teenage boys for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Roane Academy is located in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • 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.