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Today's News

  • Middle College Graduation Day
  • Tiger Haven shooting charge dismissed

    Toby Rhynehart no longer stands accused of firing a rifle at Tiger Haven.

    The felony reckless endangerment charge he faced over a May 2013 shooting incident has been dismissed by prosecutors.

    “I was innocent,” he said last week.

    Tiger Haven, a sanctuary in East Roane County that houses tigers, lions, leopards and other big cat breeds, abuts Rhynehart’s 114-acre farm. He and other neighbors have been at odds with Tiger Haven for years, claiming the facility is a nuisance and unsafe.

  • Roane County crash claims the life of Florida man

    A Florida man was killed in a car accident on Hwy. 27 Sunday morning. Trooper Gary Snow investigated the crash for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The deceased was identified as 82-year-old Henry Grandon Howard of Casselberry, Fla.

    The report said his Toyota Corolla was rear-ended by a Dodge pickup truck driven by Jeffrey D. Walters of Rockwood.

    For more on this story, read Wednesday’s edition of the Roane County News.

  • Sports writers name Murray Class A All-State

    Add another honor to the resume of another Roane County basketball player.

    Oliver Springs senior Taylor Murray was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class A All-State team.

  • District baseball, softball, tennis tourneys underway

    By Ed Greif
    egreif@roanecounty.com

    District tournaments for baseball, softball and soccer continue this week.

    Thursday's rain caused the District 3A baseball tournament to reshuffle its schedule.

  • All District 3A baseball, 4A/AA soccer teams announced

    Here are the All-District 4A/AA soccer and All-District 3A baseball teams:
    All-District 4A/AA soccer
    (Order based on regular season finish)

    Freshman of the year: Jared Whittenbarger, Kingston; defensive player of the year: Andrew Roulier, Catholic; Offfensive Player of the Year: Matt Zaczyk, CAK; MVP: Jon Creel, CAK; and Coach of the Year: Elik Pickell, Kingston

  • Kingston track team concludes season

    The Kingston track and field team will be competing in the TSSAA subsectional meet May 12 at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK). The Yellow Jacket teams closed out the regular meet season at Lenoir City on May 3.

    Bri Garcia finished eight h in the 100 meter dash in 14.74.

    Lindsay Wall finished third in the 200 meter dash in 29.35, followed by Garcia, sixth, 30.56; and Bri Bales, seventh, 30.92.

    Sarah Cox finished third in the 400 meter dash in 1.15.

  • Yellow Jackets defeat Grace 4-2 in season finale Thursday

    The Kingston Yellow Jacket baseball team closed out the regular season with a 4-2 victory at Grace Christian Thursday afternoon to finish with a 15-8 overall record.

    Coach Bruce Robinette used three pitchers in the contest. Braden Forrester  worked three innings, giving up three hits with one strikeout and one walk, while Noah Cash hurled three innings, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts and one hit batsman to pick up the victory. Cody Mitchell tossed one inning, yielding one run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk to earn the save.

  • Bats provide invaluable services as pollinators and pest controllers

    Mainly unappreciated and often feared and misunderstood, bats provide invaluable services to humans and natural ecosystems through pollination and pest control.

    From the Appalachians in the east to the coastal plain of the Mississippi River in the west, Tennessee is naturally a biologically diverse state. 

    Thousands of species of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians call our great state home. Of them, 16 species are bats and guess what they all eat?  Insects.

  • Colyer to play football at Carson-Newman

    Midway senior Seth Colyer signed scholarship papers Wednesday to continue his football career with Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, and is the seventh Green Wave athlete to sign an athletic scholarship for the 2016-17 school year.

    "I liked the family atmosphere and was more comfortable with my teammates," said Colyer, who plans to major in physics and become a nuclear engineer.

    Added Midway Coach Ryan Minton, "Seth is a hard worker. He is the third strongest athlete on our front line,"