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Today's News

  • Kingston’s A1 debt rating highest possible

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The cost of a new Kingston City Hall will be thousands of dollars cheaper — as will the annual tally of the rest of the city’s debt — thanks to the foresight of Kingston City Council.
    In November, Council moved to apply for an issuers rating from Moody’s Investors Service, at a one-time cost of $5,100 dollars.
    For the relatively small cost, the move offered Kingston the opportunity to save significantly on current and future loans should it receive a high rating from the firm.

  • New policy bans pets at courthouse

    Pets won’t be permitted in the Roane County Courthouse under a plan Sheriff Jack Stockton is crafting.
    “We’re going to go by what the law says, and it looks like service animals are going to be the only animals that are going to be permitted into the courthouse,” he said. “All of them that fall under the Disability Act.”
    The situation is under review after state Rep. Julia Hurley took her Chinese crested into the courthouse. 

  • Massengill still deciding on school board

    As of Tuesday morning, Everett Massengill was not among the people the Roane County Election Commission had identified as candidates for the Aug. 2 election.
    Massengill represents District 7, the South of the River area, on the Board of Education.
    Earlier this year, Massengill said he would not seek another term.
    District 1 Board Member and former Rockwood mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he was trying to get him to reconsider.
    On Monday, Massengill said he was still pondering the situation.

  • Kingston YMCA has been long-sought-after project

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    If Kingston’s newly proposed YMCA project seems like a surprise, Mayor Troy Beets said it’s only because you haven’t been paying attention.
    “We’ve been working on bringing in a YMCA for years and years,” said Beets, noting that the city has been close to getting a facility on occasions past. “It’s a surprise to some people, but it didn’t happen overnight.

  • Lots of opportunities to give blood

    Medic Regional Blood Center is in need of all blood types.

    “Medic Regional Blood Center continues to struggle to meet the needs of their service area of 21 counties and 27 area hospitals,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

    A number of opportunities are available to give blood in Roane County in the coming days. They include:

     April 5 — Oliver Springs Food City, Medic mobile unit, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Little Bit gets a whole lot of protection
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  • Fast start leads Tigers past Green Wave, 13-1

    Many believed Monday’s District 3-A contest between Rockwood and Midway would be a close affair, but that close game never materialized as the Tigers jumped on the Green Wave early and never looked back in cruising to a 13-1 victory in five innings.

  • Bobcats split with Tellico Plains

    Despite a sluggish start, the Oliver Springs Bobcats, on the strength of the batting prowess of Taylor Coleman’s five-RBI performance, roared to life with an impressive 9-2 win over the Tellico Plains Bears in game one of last week’s doubleheader at Oliver Springs’ Arrowhead Park.

  • Kingston tennis splits with Stone Memorial

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets took on the Stone Memorial Panthers on the tennis courts Monday and at the end of the day both teams came away with a win.

    Kingston’s win came in boys action as the Jackets improved to 2-0 on the season with a 5-4 victory over the Panthers.