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Today's News

  • Five Jackets named All-District 4-AA

    The boys and girls coaches in District 4-AA recently got together and chose their all-district teams. That was good news for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as a total of five players from Kingston were chosen.

  • Carter to be inducted into Hall of Fame

    Ronnie Carter, former Executive Director of the TSSAA, will become the eighth person and first administrator from the state of Tennessee to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.

  • Lady Patriots fall in opener, 55-35

    The 2012-13 basketball season came to a close Thursday afternoon for the Mt. Pisgah Lady Patriots in the first round of the Tennessee Athletic Association of Christian Schools State Tournament in Springfield. The Lady Patriots dropped a 55-35 decision to Pleasant View Christian School.

  • Mt. Pisgah finishes 3rd in TAACS state tourney

    The Mt. Pisgah Patriots were hoping last week’s trip to Springfield would result in a Tennessee Athletic Association of Christian Schools (TAACS) State Tournament title.

    The trip got off to a great start as the Patriots knocked off the South Haven Christian School Patriots, 59-51, in the TAACS quarterfinals.

  • Lady ‘Cats bow out in sectional, 51-43

    The combination of a three-hour bus ride to Roan Mountain and a Miss Basketball finalist in Brooke Rhodes was a little more than the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats could handle Saturday night as the Cloudland Lady Highlanders knocked off the Lady ‘Cats 51-43 in the TSSAA Class A Sectional.

  • 25-percent tax hike has greater potential costs

    By Ron Woody
    Roane County Executive
    Roane County government’s primary goal is to provide a safe environment in which individuals and communities can improve their standard of living. This goal is supported by three pillars of service provided by the county government: education, law enforcement and infrastructure.
    Roane County supports the pillars of service through many objectives, such as evaluating current programs, identifying new programs, assessing sustainability of programs and striving for a viable and stable tax rate.

  • White House threats, regrets – a perspective

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Any time a “very senior person” at the White House tells any reporter that the journalist will regret expressing critical comments about the administration, it is worth noting.
    Reports of such a threat made to The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward — whose news reports on Watergate are now the stuff of journalistic legend — instantly galvanized attention from colleagues and national news outlets.

  • Rockwood wants new fire truck

    Rockwood officials will be considering two bids for a fire truck at a special-called meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7.
    The city received only two bids.
    One was from Cumberland Trucks in Nashville, which offered a Sutphen vehicle at $410,588.95.
    The other was from EVS Mid-South in Memphis, which bid a Pierce model for $438,428.
    “The committee appointed by Mayor (James) Watts will recommend the low bid,” City Recorder Becky Ruppe said.
    The department already has several Sutphen vehicles in its fleet.

  • Sen. Alexander prepared to block funding over dam fishing issue

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has met with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, asking her to delay by seven months the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed fishing restrictions in tailwaters below dams on the Cumberland River.
    Alexander said that the cut of $255 million, or roughly 5 percent, that the Corps faces in automatic spending cuts justifies further consideration of the restrictions, and the exploration of alternatives with state agencies.

  • Leon Houston represents himself

    Leon Houston decided to change course in his federal case on Monday.
    He told U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. that he was unhappy with his court-appointed lawyer and wanted to represent himself.
    “Is that really what you want to do?” Shirley asked.
    “Yes, sir,” Houston responded. “That’s what I want to do.”
    Shirley told him such a move is unwise.
    “I honorably disagree,” Houston responded.