Today's News

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston solar farm is a sunny idea for the city

    Kingston city officials seem to have taken to heart some public relations advice that to counter the negative impact of the TVA ash spill, it should focus on rebranding itself as an environmentally sustainable community.

    They have made a number of efforts to improve their energy footprint in city buildings, but now they are considering a broader plan.

    The city is considering operating its own solar energy farm. The plan involves installing a collection of solar panels on city property on James Ferry Road.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We are thankful for the blessings of friendship

    Inasmuch as the elections are over, we feel free to look to other matters besides politics for a time, brief though it may be.

    One thing we have meant to write about for some time is the matter of the Harriman Hospital being converted to a V.A. hospital.

    We are highly favourable to this idea, and, despite the recent rejection, we think that it just might work, if the proponents of the idea will try to look at it from the viewpoint of the government officials who must ultimately make the final decision.

  • Jackets drop Hall of Fame games

    Saturday was a busy day for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as they traveled to Anderson County High School to play a pair of TSSAA Hall of Fame games.

  • Jackets struggle with North

    Cherokee’s journey up Highway 70 to take on North Middle School didn’t go so well Monday night as the Stars picked up a sweep on their home floor.

  • HMS too much for Midway

    Monday night was a good night for the Harriman Middle School Blue Devils and Lady Devils as both teams picked up victories over Midway.

  • Jackets sweep Midway Middle

    Neighborhood rivals Cherokee and Midway got together at Cherokee Middle School Tuesday and it would be the host Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets coming away victorious.

  • Kingston greenway bridge issues won’t change planned completion

    A subcontractor in the ongoing Ladd Greenway project nearly burned its bridges before building them by attempting to add a new design element at a substantial extra cost — well after prices and plans were a matter of record.
    Ladd project engineer Danl Hall explained to Kingston City Council members at the November work session that when construction firm Stethen Smith won the Ladd project with a low bid last year, they contracted with the U.S. Bridge Co. to build a pedestrian bridge as part of the three-part greenway.
    The contract was signed a year ago.

  • Assessor’s candidate charged with DUI

    A two-time candidate for Roane County property assessor has been charged over an alleged drunk-driving incident.
    Kingston police arrested Steven Robinette Friday night.
    He has been charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law.
    According to the arrest report, police responded to the city park area after a caller reported a silver truck had “run out of the road several times.”

  • Leftover TVA ash funds assigned

    Roane County Schools will be allowed to use the surplus from its $32 million building program on more projects.
    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation met recently and approved the move.
    The foundation was formed in 2009 to disburse $43 million TVA made available to Roane County and its cities because of the fly ash catastrophe that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    Approximately $1.7 million was left from the $32 million the foundation approved for the school building program. 

  • Burglary at golf course rattles city

    A break-in at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman last week has officials thinking of getting cameras.
    Councilman Kenyon Mee said someone smashed the register and got a small amount of cash and drinks.
    “The new one is going to be around the $2,000 range,” Mee said of a register.
    Mee added that the  board had discussed a security system before.
    They are also considering going to a register that can do point-of-service transactions for debit and credit cards.