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Today's News

  • OUR OPINION: Redistricters can expect to feel voters’ ire

    Who can blame Roane Countians for feeling a bit sold down the river in the latest redistricting effort?

    Not only does the plan carved out by the Republican majority split the poor residents of the city of Rockwood into two separate legislative districts, but it also leaves Roane County with two state representatives — neither of whom live in the county.

    State Rep. Julia Hurley of Lenoir City, whose 32nd District gained more of Loudon County in the redistricting, has shrugged off any part in the change.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Republican legislators don’t care what we want

    Gentle reader, despite much of the news docket being concerned with the national election scene revolving around the the Republican contest for a presidential nominee, shall we start out with the local political scene?

    The first item of interest is the announcement of Democratic Party Chairman, Bob Cowan, that there will be a grand opening for the Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters in the Parker Building on Court Street in Kingston, on Saturday, tomorrow, the 14th.

  • Education, immigration on legislators’ radars

    Before the Tennessee General Assembly went back into session this week, Roane County’s delegation shared its plans and thoughts about the upcoming session during the annual Legislative Breakfast at The Roane Alliance on Monday.

    Education, economic development, tourism, transportation and infrastructure are issues the Chamber of Commerce would like state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Julia Hurley to focus on.

  • Firefighter critical after hitting horse

    Caleb Wilson, a Roane County High School senior, was injured on Tuesday after his car collided with an animal. He had to be flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said one of his officers, Jamie Melton, was traveling on Gallaher Road and witnessed the accident.

    “He was right there at it when the horse ran in front of the kid,” Washam said.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash. Washam said the horse belonged to someone on Little Johnson Valley Road.

  • More time requested in TVA trial

    Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit over the TVA ash spill want more time to turn in post-trial submissions.

    The deadline for submissions was Thursday.

    Attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a motion asking for the deadline to be extended to Tuesday.

    TVA attorneys did not object to an extension, according to the motion.

  • Thompson picks right time for lone basket

    Oliver Springs' Dakota Thompson made only one shot Tuesday night against Wartburg, but that one shot was a huge one as Thompson's three-pointer with five seconds left turned out to be the game winner in the Bobcats 57-55 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.

  • Tigers split with Oakdale

    The Rockwood Tigers and Oakdale Eagles completed their season series Tuesday night with the Rockwood boys and Oakdale girls picking up victories.

    Oakdale's girls took the floor first and came away with a 50-43 victory.

  • Jackets swept by Stone Memorial

    Tuesday night wasn’t a good night for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as both suffered District 4-AA losses at the hands of Stone Memorial.

  • Waves rise, Devils fall in 3-A action

    Darrell Ruffner’s Midway Green Wave picked up a huge District 3-A victory Tuesday night, but the same couldn’t be said for the Harriman Blue Devils.

    Midway hosted Tellico Plains and avenged an earlier loss to the Bears with a 64-56 victory in overtime.

  • Redistricting opponents emerge

    Public pressure has been ratcheted up on state Rep. Julia Hurley to do something about a redistricting plan that splits Roane County into separate House districts.
    “We want our county kept together,” Swan Pond resident Sarah McCoin said.
    McCoin said she started a Facebook group titled “Tell Tennessee House Reps: Keep Roane County Together.”
    By Monday the group had over 600 members. 
    McCoin and County Commissioner Randy Ellis, who now is considering a run against Hurley, are administrators of the Facebook group.