Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Speculation as to era of Trump’s Great America

    Gentle reader, as you may know, the Republican Party has established a headquarters in Kingston, on the corner of Race and Kentucky Streets, in the small building that formerly housed Robinson’s Jewelry Store, two doors down from the old Hut Cafeteria location.

    Usually we would have paid them a courtesy call by this time, as we have done in the past election seasons for over fifty years, however, the party has now changed and we are unsure whether we would be welcome.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Internet access hot election issue

    The Nov. 8 election is drawing near. In fact with early voting starting next Wednesday, the election is practically underway. I heard a report just this week that the temperature of the election has reached such a fever that there might be enough votes cast during early voting to decide the presidential election in some states.

  • Rockwood shuts out Union County 6-0

    "It was a good game. The girls started out nervous. They settled down and came to play," said Rockwood Lady Tiger Soccer Coach Don Maples, after his team shut out Union County 6-0 in the opening match of the District 3A/AA Tournament at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex Monday night.
    The Lady Tigers advanced into the second round Tuesday night, as they hosted the winner of the Pigeon Forge at Greenback game. In other action, Grace Christian blanked Concord Christian 9-0, and Gatlinburg-Pittman edged Carter 2-1.

  • Kingston defeats Oneida in two overtimes

    The Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team defeated Oneida 3-2 in two overtimes to advance into the District 4A/AA Tournament, while Oliver Springs was beaten 2-1 by CAK.
    Kingston traveled to CAK Tuesday night for the semifinals, while Alcoa will travel to Catholic. Alcoa defeated Scott 3-1.
    Several players from the Kingston and Oliver Springs girls soccer teams earned post-season honors.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Schools focus on more than testing

    The most recent Leadership Roane County class focused on education.

    Roane County residents of all ages have access to a wide variety of educational resources, and I was privileged to visit with a few of them.

    Our day began at Midtown Elementary School, where we heard from Principal Kendra Isham, Director of Special Education Stephanie Walker and Leah Watkins, director of Roane County Schools.

  • GLIMPSES: Perspectives on the Electoral College

    By Mark Banker

    Last week, two respected polls projected that the votes of as many as 40 percent of Tennesseans will not count in the coming presidential election.

    Some readers may assume that recent bombshells about the Republican presidential nominee must have overshadowed such shocking news. Others will see this as proof that our elections are indeed “rigged.”

  • Pawpaw Town or, as you know it, Kingston

    Where oh where is pretty little Susie?
    Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?
    Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?
    Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.

    Come on boys, let’s go find her,
    Come on boys let’s go find her,
    Come on boy let’s go find her
    Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.

  • Tigers hold hold off Oliver Springs for region win

    By Ed Greif
    Nate Brackett scored on a 2-yard run with 6:57 left in the third quarter to rally the Rockwood Tigers from a 14-13 halftime deficit to post a 21-14 Region 2-2A victory over the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday evening to keep their playoff hopes alive.
    The Tigers led 13-0 after the first quarter, but the Bobcats scored 14 second quarter points for the 1-point halftime lead.

  • Harriman Blue Devils record big region victory

    It was a make or break night for Midway last Friday at Harriman. A Midway win could have thrown Region 2A for a loop as far as the playoff standings were concerned.
    For Harriman it was a game they had to win to stay in the chase for a region title. The Blue Devils already have a loss to Coalfield and another loss would have hurt their chances for the title and maybe even making the playoffs.

  • Kingston Yellow Jackets sting York Dragons 35-15

    Kingston’s Maurice Lane had a huge game Friday night, as the Yellow Jacket senior running back scored four of his team’s five touchdowns in a 35-15 homecoming victory over York Institute.
    “Mo has been banged up this year and has been a little down,” Kingston head coach Brian Pankey said. “I just told him to do what he’s been blessed to do and that’s run the football. He did that tonight.”
    Lane finished the evening with 95 yards and 2 TDs rushing on only nine carries while adding 47 yards and 2 TDs on two receptions.