Today's News

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

    By Mark Banker

    Several recent letters to the editor have expressed reservations about proposed plans for Roane County’s public schools.

    Last Friday, one lengthy letter introduced readers to philosopher-educator John Dewey and connected Dewey’s influence to today’s ongoing educational debates.


    A talented Roane County High School musician is getting recognized for his skills at one of the country’s most elite collegiate music programs.

    Brandon Trent is an avid saxophone player for the high school band, and he recently was offered one of four saxophone spots at the Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

  • Making room for more McParking
  • Taking ice cream on the road? Or is it the river?

    A Kingston family has opened a food truck. Or is it a boat?

    It’s both.

    The clever food truck is a salvaged boat named Shipwreck Ice Cream Co.

    Husband-and-wife team Joey and Sara Prinzi wanted to bring quality ice cream to all of Roane County and decided the best way to get it there was to take it to them.

    The turquoise boat has already been seen around Kingston and had a fundraiser for Midway ath-letics.

    The Prinzis bring homemade ice cream over weekly from The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

  • From Big Room to dream come true

    The Michael Dunn Center is known for its ability to change lives — and its latest transformation enables the group to do even more.

    That change converts a classroom known as The Big Room to an outpatient physical therapy room at the Kingston facility on Gallaher Road.

    The Big Room was formerly a space for activities like arts and crafts, but fewer people were coming to the facility due to state and federal rules and Michael Dunn Center changes in policy, said Dee Ann Lindsay, Michael Dunn vice president of day programs.

  • No anticipated ’19 property tax hike in Kingston

    Despite slow revenue growth, the city of Kingston was able to balance its fiscal 2018-19 operating budget with no contribution from the fund balance and no tax increase.

    City Manager David Bolling outlined the high points of the budget to the City Council last week.

    “I feel this is a tremendous accomplishment for us and would highly recommend that we continue this practice,” he said, referring to the ability to balance the budget without resorting to the fund balance.

  • Korean War soldier from Harriman identified, buried in St. Petersburg

    The remains of a soldier from Harriman, missing in action since the Korean War, were recently buried with full military honors, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

    U.S. Army Cpl. Thomas H. Mullins, 18, of Harriman, accounted for on June 8, 2017, was buried March 29 in Bay Pines National Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Fla.

    “As a Tennessee teenager, Tommy bravely answered a call to protect our freedom and gave the ultimate sacrifice in a prison camp far from home,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

  • ELECTION 2018: The race is on for U.S. Congress

    By Hugh Willett and David Doonan

    Candidates in the race for the 3rd Congressional District were in the area last week meeting with voters to deliver messages focused on health care and the economy.

    Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and his Democratic challenger Dr. Danielle Mitchell are both hoping to align their pitches with voter concerns.

    Fleischmann was quick to point out the positive effects of the recent tax cut, which he claimed has benefitted both individuals and businesses in his district.

  • Can county find $68 million?

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has crunched some numbers and come up with some estimates on what the County Commission will need to do should it choose to fund the school system’s $68 million building plan.

  • Miscues doom Kingston

    The Kingston Yellow Jacket soccer team lost 2-1 to Loudon in Kingston Thursday night. The Jackets actually scored two goals, but one was in their own goal for the first goal of the night. The Kingston goal that counted for them was scored by Austin Courteau.