Today's News

  • Swafford receives Bernard-Greif Scholarship on 40-year milestone

    Recent Rockwood High School graduate Natasha Y. Swafford is the 2013 recipient of the Bernard-Greif Scholarship.

    This is the 40th anniversary of this scholarship being awarded to an outstanding student graduating from Rockwood High School.

    The $1,000 one-year scholarship to Roane State Community College is renewable for a second year if the recipient stays at Roane State to earn an associate’s degree.

    Swafford accepted the scholarship during Rockwood High School’s awards ceremony last month.

  • Dodgers win Harriman T-Ball title
  • Roane lands 43 on baseball, softball all-district teams

    With two teams appearing in the TSSAA State Tournament, the 2013 baseball and softball season was a good one for Roane County’s five high schools.

  • Rockwood's Airport Road closed to traffic

    A popular shortcut between Rockwood and up the mountain into Cumberland County has been shut down.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson announced the decision to shut down Airport Road immediately Wednesday because of concerns about the stability of the roadway.

    “This road has dropped. We've got some major cracking that is beginning to come into the road,” Ferguson said.

  • McKinney-Stephenson

    Candace Elizabeth McKinney and Samuel Virgil Stephenson, both of Kingston, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. June 15 in Grace Community Church, Kingston.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Carol Peddicord McKinney of Kingston.

    Her grandparents are Loretta Peddicord and the late Carl Peddicord, and Peggy McKinney and the late Floyd McKinney.

    The prospective groom is the son of Craig and Tammie Stephenson of Kingston.

  • Gibson-Shipwash

    Shayla Gibson and Jake Shipwash, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. June 22 at the home of the prospective groom’s parents at 333 Snow Lane, Harriman.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Tracie and Sean Gibson.

    Her grandparents are Clara Pickard and the late Willie Pickard, and Rolland and Beverly Gibson.

    The prospective groom is the son of Stacy and Timothy Shipwash.

    His grandparents are Louise and Leroy Shipwash, and Louise and Jack Taylor.

  • Nominees sought for FSA county committee

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is seeking area farmers and ranchers to serve on the county committee for the coming year.

    An informational meeting to explain the county committee nomination and election processes will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 17 in the FSA office at 424 N. Kentucky St., Room 100, Kingston.

    Anyone interested in more information about the FSA county committee may drop in at any time during this meeting or call 376-2392.

  • GUEST OPINION: Crying out loud: When free speech is shouted down

    First Amendment Center
    So how “free” is free speech, really?

    By law, under the First Amendment, speech is very free. Government can only stop us from speaking, or punish us for what we’ve said, under very limited circumstances.

    Sometimes, those limits on free speech are pretty clear and generally agreed upon. For example, speech that is involved in a criminal act like extortion or blackmail finds no shelter in the First Amendment.

  • Torture is torture: It’s both illegal and wrong

    Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan vigorously championed U.S. ratification of the international Convention Against Torture, which he signed on April 18, 1988.

    Reagan acclaimed it as having marked a significant step in the development of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment.

  • If you can paddle a pumpkin ....

    The city of Kingston’s raft is going to be under new management, so to speak, at this year’s July 4th homemade raft race.

    Former City manager Jim Pinkerton had been the captain of the Kingston raft for the past five years, but he retired in April.

    New Kingston City Manaer David Bolling has agreed to take the helm at the city’s big festival.

    He’s been warned he might get wet. The Kingston crew tends to have a friendly mutiny every year toward the end of the race.