Today's News

  • You can’t make this stuff up, and, well, you shouldn’t


    First Amendment Center

    You can’t make this kind of thing up.

    On the very day America’s top real news anchor gets suspended for telling fake news, the nation’s leading anchor of a mock news program tells us he’s leaving his job — really.

    Brian Williams got tossed Tuesday from “NBC Nightly News” for six months without pay for misstating the facts about facing enemy fire in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003.

  • Dick Hettrick and his legacies of good work


    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Big South Fork offers access to cemeteries

    The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on May 16-17 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.

    This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and inside the park boundary.

    Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Make a pledge to save this week

    What are you saving for?

    Whether it’s a new house, new car, retirement or a child’s college education, organizations from across the state want Tennesseans to take the pledge this week.

    Feb. 23-27 is America Saves Week, a national event designed to encourage savings on any level.

    A number of organizations want Tennesseans to take a moment to think about savings goals and then take the pledge to make it happen.

    Saving is important. Even small amounts put back can yield major accumulation, if done consistent-ly.

  • Pre-K among issues United Ways to lobby for during Day on the Hill

    United Ways of Tennessee, the association of 38 United Ways in the state, gathers today — Wednesday — for its Day on the Hill to support preservation of funding for Pre-K classrooms, K-12 standards and federal funding for afterschool programming.

    Advocates plan to attend a training session and awards ceremony in the House Chamber, followed by visits with their legislators.

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety, driver’s license and seat belt roadside safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in March.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of March 8 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge in Kingston.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Gas up 26 cents per gallon in past month

    Gas prices across the U.S. jumped an average of 4 cents last week, AAA reported earlier this week.

    The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.29.

    Motorists are now paying 26 cents more a gallon since prices hit

    a low of $2.03 on Jan.


  • Feb. 26 chili supper to help Second Chance

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 16th annual benefit chili supper this week.

    This event, which benefits area dogs and cats, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Kingston Community Center.

    Chili, dessert and drinks will be available for a $5 donation.

    All proceeds donated helps with Sceond Chance’s spay/neuter program and helps pet owners who are unable to afford food for their dogs and cats.

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue is a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping animals.

  • Ellis-Ashburn pens first book

    Former Roane County resident Hope Ellis-Ashburn recently released her first book, “The Story of Kimbrook Arabians.”

    The book outlines the historic Arabian horse breeding program of Bill and Joanne Gutknecht and is primarily based in rural Giles County.

    It introduces the background history of the program, along with the horses that were a part of it from its inception through present day.

    One special chapter on the Milky Way Farm, where Kimbrook Arabians once resided, details the history of the Milky Way Farm.

  • Military Matters: Rue Eskridge

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rue Eskridge recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Son of Mona L. Hopper of Oliver Springs, he is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    His sister is Chelsey M. Eskridge of Oak Ridge.

    Eskridge completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.