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Today's News

  • Positive Peer Pressure: Oliver Springs Middle School P3 Club

    A group at Oliver Springs Middle School is working hard to build confidence in their fellow students.

    The Positive Peer Pressure Club — P3 Club for short — is an extension of the Roane County Antidrug Coalition.

    Its goal is “to eradicate bullying and to make positivity contagious,” said Jennifer Huckaby, the school counselor who serves as the club’s adviser.

    Huckaby works closely with Kris Hontz of the Antidrug Coalition and the students on projects to brighten the days of others.

  • Unidentified Kingston officer fires shot

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been alerted to an incident in which an unidentified Kingston police officer fired his weapon while in pursuit of a man wanted in Florida.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is conducting an internal investigation into the March 13 incident, a release from the District Attorney General’s Office said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Chad Stallard was a passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding.

  • Mom enters guilty plea in death of 5-year-old

    A Spring City woman pled guilty to the facilitation of first degree felony murder in the August 2013 death of her son, 5-year-old Landon Robbins.

    Jessica Robbins also pled guilty to aggravated child abuse.

    She entered her pleas on March

    17.

    The mother was originally charged in September 2013 with felony first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse after her son was found unresponsive in the home, according to reports.

  • Writing entries sought

    The Knoxville Writers Guild is accepting entries through midnight June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

    More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

  • ‘And next year, I’m back to win!’

    Olivia O’Shell may have never used the word “juvenilia.”

    But it’s highly likely she’ll ever forget how to spell it.

    That’s because it’s the word that took down the Kingston Elementary spelling champ in last weekend’s Southern Appalachian Regional Spelling Bee in Knoxville.

    “I just couldn’t picture it in my head,” said Olivia, who took home third place in the regional competition.

    “Everything was getting to me.”

  • HAVING A BALL!

    For most women, playing league basketball at Rockwood Community Center is something fun to do on Sunday.

    But for one, it is something to mark off her bucket list.

    “I always wanted to play ball in high school,” Delores Galyon said. “More than anything.”

    But her parents wouldn’t let her.

    “They were old-fashioned,” she said. “They didn’t play, so they didn’t understand how important it was to me.”

    The 65-year-old Kingston grandmother is finally realizing her dream.

  • Some recalled Blue Bell treats kept at Roane

    Blue Bell Creameries, a Texas company that has a distribution center in Roane County, is dealing with a product recall because of its links to a listeriosis outbreak.

    “The products were distributed throughout our distribution centers,” Blue Bell spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said earlier this week.

    Those distribution centers included the one in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park on Pawnook Farm Road in East Roane County.

  • Midway beat Tellico, improves to 3-0

    The Midway Green Waves improved to 3-0 following a 5-1 win over Tellico, Monday at Midway.

    The win helped Midway 2-0 in District 3-A. The Waves are scheduled to host Oakdale Thursday and visiting Coalfield Friday.

    Senior pitcher Zach Edwards went to 2-0 getting the win against Tellico by throwing a n0-hitter. The only Tellico run scored came in the seventh inning after two walks and then an error that allowed the runner to score.

  • Lady Cats softball shuts out Jellico

    Weather in not only Roane County, but the surrounding areas has put a damper to the start of baseball and softball seasons.

    That damper, though, has not stalled the Oliver Springs Lady Cats who notched another shutout with a 17-0 victory over Jellico.

    “We saw a lot of things that have been improved that we’ve been working on in the gym,” Oliver Springs head coach Matt Headden said. “It’s good that they’re translating in out here on the field.”

  • Oliver Springs knocks off Jellico in first of two-game series

    Oliver Springs jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first half-inning against the Jellico baseball team Monday, and it was a tough deficit to overcome for the Blue Devils.

    Oliver Springs would go on to win 12-1 in five innings at Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico.

    “Early on, we’re kinda nervous it seemed to be like. Most of that had to do with pregame, and some of that may be attributed to us being a young ballclub,” said Tony Kegley, head coach of the Oliver Springs baseball team.