.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Girl Scout cookies are here!

    Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet can stop the Girl Scouts.

    Despite weeks of winter weather, Girl Scout cookies are here — and so is a holiday for cookie lovers.

    More than 1.3 million boxes of cookies have arrived in the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians area.

    Roane County girls are now delivering their cargo, and booth sales in front of area businesses will continue through March 22.

  • Make a clean path for the mailman

    Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and the post office.

    Postal patrons in Roane County can support their letter carriers and post office in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.

    “We will do our best to make delivery to all addresses,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Walton.

    “At the same time, we must insure the safety of our carriers along their routes,” he added.

  • Clean up your ride after the thaw

    Your shiny car is probably three dirty shades of grey after driving through the snow, slush and salt during the last two weeks.

    In fact, your car could be corroding in some secret places, and reversing the effects may not be as easy as a simple car wash.

    “In addition to the build-up on the body of the vehicle, damage can occur to the undercarriage as well,” said Jack Wilson, a spokesman for AAA.

    “Proper cleaning can help combat corrosion to vital parts such as brake lines and fuel tanks, and time could be a factor.”

  • Kingston girls, boys fall in Region tournament

    It took almost until the beginning of March, but the boy’s and girl’s basketball seasons have come to an end for Roane County High School.

    On Thursday, both the boys and girls teams were defeated by Fulton in the region tournament. The Jackets lost 61-40, and the Lady Jackets fell 73-47.

    Girl’s Game

    Thanks in part to Kingston’s Rachel Layne, the Lady Jacket were able to hang with Fulton through the first quarter.

  • String of Consciousness: What has happened to basketball?

    District champions that didn’t really win a district championship.

    Not one, but TWO teams trying to lose a game at the same time.

    Possible region champions that aren’t really region champions.

    What’s next? Are we going to draw straws for the state championships this year?

    Look, I get it. This weather has royally screwed up most everything, but does it really have to screw up basketball, too?

    Last week, district tournaments were, for the most part, completely wiped out in Tennessee.

  • Tax-time traffic cop

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    With Saturday’s property tax deadline fast approaching and weather closures abundant, people showed up in droves on Wednesday to make their payments at the Roane County Trustee’s office. The line stretched down the first floor of the courthouse. Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy R.B. Stone directed traffic to keep a steady flow.  
     

  • Sex offenders charged with breaking into home

    Two registered sex offenders are accused of breaking into a home on Blue Springs Road. Daniel Nunley and Terry Kincannon are charged with aggravated burglary in the Jan. 8 incident.

    Kincannon was arrested on Jan. 11. Nunley was arrested on Feb. 15.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Remembering Nellie Alkire Ward, Part One

    As we promised last week, we begin the portion of our recollections of “characters” related to those of the female persuasion, and as we indicated then, we choose to begin this part of the series with Mrs. R. H. Ward, nee Nelle Alkire. Mrs. Ward’s story will require more space than we have available in a single column, so the following is Part One, to be followed by one or more parts in subsequent issues.
    ******

  • Aytes: Thursday school closing based on snow in forecast

    A chance of snow in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday is the reason Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes cited for closing school on Thursday.

    "I believe we would have gone without the additional snow," he said Wednesday afternoon.

    Aytes said the decision was based on the forecast, not what he was seeing on the weather radar.

    "I don't think there's any way we can avoid it," he added.

  • Roane State softball team ready to shine

    Roane State Community College’s softball team is ready to vie for a place in the conference’s upper echelon, head coach Sue Niemi said.

    “The girls’ goal is to win the conference,” Niemi said. “They want to put themselves in that situation.”

    The Raiders have 10 second-year players with veterans in the infield, outfield and on the pitching staff.