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Today's News

  • ACAC competes in Barbourville meet

    By CHIP FISCHER
    Special to the News
    The ACAC swimmers owned the First and Second Place trophies for highest individual points in most events at the KCEOC Summer Splash in Barbourville, Ky.  

  • 13 games to see in ’13

    There might not be a lot of county rivalry games on this year’s schedule, but there still are a lot of intriguing match-ups that will go a long way to determine how successful each of Roane County’s five teams will be this season.
    Here is a look at what could be the top 13 games for 2013.
    Friday, Aug. 23
    Oneida at Rockwood
    Two tradition rich programs open the season at what could be a playoff preview in November.
    Both teams have similar philosophies as both like to run the football and are aggressive on defense.

  • Prosecutions move on unabated

    Despite the overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said it will be business as usual for his office.
    “Obviously, that’s in the back of our mind as we work,” Johnson said about the overcrowding. “But we’re not going to change anything until we have a meeting that results in some significant policy change.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 174 inmates.

  • Tiegs guilty of lesser offense

    Registered sex offender James Allan Tiegs was found guilty of a lesser included offense during his trial in Roane County Criminal Court last week.
    Tiegs, 51, was charged with aggravated sexual battery.

    The jury instead found him guilty of misdemeanor assault. 
    “You always want the result that you argue before the jury,” prosecutor Bill Reedy said. “They just saw it differently than we did, but I don’t ever take issue with the jury’s verdict. They do their job.”

  • Local photographer goes wild

    Nothing is more peaceful for Rhonda McClure than capturing the magnificence of nature with a camera.
    “Everything about photography appeals to me,” said McClure, a Kingston resident.  “It is all I do with my spare time. It opens up the world. It lets you see the creation God has made that is so special that people miss.”

    She was recognized for her skill when her photo of a stretching buck was selected to be in the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s publication of their 2013-14 Tennessee wildlife calendar.

  • Ash spill mediation gets more time

    Another request for additional time to mediate in TVA ash spill litigation has been granted by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.
    A dike failure early on Dec. 22, 2008, at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.
    Last August, Varlan determined TVA caused the disaster. The litigation includes more than 60 cases and involves more than 800 plaintiffs. Varlan ordered the sides to mediate last November.

  • Burglars in need of snack

    Kingston police arrested two people on July 24 for an alleged break-in at the city’s community center.  
    “They entered the fence area and broke into the concession stand at the pool,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “My third-shift guys caught them red-handed.”  
    The suspects are 19-year-old Jesse Aldape Jr. and 18-year-old Malik Gallaher. Both were charged with burglary.
    The report on the incident said police observed two males with flashlights inside the food shed.

  • Roane Tea Party members protest President Obama in Chattanooga

    Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said he and other members of his organization planned to protest President Barack Obama’s visit to Chattanooga this week.
    “We’re just a few miles from our exit,” Johnston said via cell phone Tuesday. “There’s lots of security down here. I’m passing state police car after state police car, so it looks like they’re going to have lots of security.” 
    The president was scheduled to tour an Amazon fulfillment center. His speech was scheduled after press time.

  • Climb with a ranger at Obed’s Lilly Bridge

    Those who have wanted to try rock climbing have a free opportunity to do it this weekend, during Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Climb-With-a-Ranger program.

    Those wishing to participate should meet at Lilly Bridge at 11 a.m. Aug. 3.

    All climbing gear will be provided.

    Those participating are asked to bring drinking water and wear study footwear.

    Depending on interests and ability levels, participants will travel to one of several different climbing areas around the park.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 31

    25 Years Ago