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Today's News

  • KGSA attends Smokies game
  • ‘Cats extend season, 10-0

    After a wild and woolly game between Coalfield and Oliver Springs in their last showdown at Coalfield’s Hightower Field, the rematch was really over before it started as the Bobcats sent the Yellow Jackets packing back with a resounding 10-0 triumph in the opening round of the District 4-A Tournament Friday afternoon under threatening skies at Arrowhead Park. 

  • Green Wave win opener, 9-4

    The Midway Green Wave opened up the District 3-A Tournament Friday with a 9-4 win over Greenback.

    Against Greenback, Midway pulled out to an 8-2 lead after four innings and then cruised home for the 9-4 win.

  • Roberts signs with Sewanee

    Football coaches love tough guys, and that’s what Sewanee University got on Friday with the signing of Kingston fullback/linebacker Brody Roberts.

  • Last day

    Howie Rose, left, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services, laughs with First Responder Program Coordinator Chris Weddington at Rose’s going-away party Friday.

    Rose is leaving his job of 17 years to accept a position with TVA.

  • Homeless: ‘It can happen so quickly, so easily’

    Homelessness isn’t just a big-city issue.

    Even in rural locales like Roane County, residents are finding themselves on the streets.

    They come from all walks of life. Some dealing with lost jobs. Others deal with mental illness.

    Steven Jackson said he’s living wherever he can in Kingston after losing the one place he did have to stay.

    He was living there without utilities, a violation of Kingston city ordinances.

  • Shrine paper sale starts next week

    Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation.

    The paper sale will be May 13-18, with a road block planned for May 19

    “Noble Loden has given generously every year,” Ford said. “When you see the men with the red fezzes, please help. In the past, the people of Roane County have been very generous.”

  • Mom accused of giving booze to minors

    An Oak Ridge woman faces four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing her son and his friends alcohol.

    Misti Dawn Butler, 38, was arrested by Oak Ridge police on April 30.

    She’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court in June.

    According to the warrant, a therapist told Craig Jordan that his son admitted to drinking while at Butler’s house for spring break.

    The warrant said Jordan became suspicious and checked his son’s phone.

  • Roane jobless rate up slightly in March

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up a bit for March, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The rate, at 8.1 percent, is 0.2 percent higher than in February. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.6 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,210 workers in Roane County’s 27,430 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Hwy. 27 northbound lane closed for repairs

    The northbound lane of Hwy. 27 north of Harriman toward Wartburg will remain closed until mid-week for a maintenance project.

    “They are performing slope repair and stabilization utilizing soil nails,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 1.

    Nagi said work is estimated to be completed on May 8.

    The northbound lane will remain closed until then.