Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Internet access hot election issue

    The Nov. 8 election is drawing near. In fact with early voting starting next Wednesday, the election is practically underway. I heard a report just this week that the temperature of the election has reached such a fever that there might be enough votes cast during early voting to decide the presidential election in some states.

  • Rockwood shuts out Union County 6-0

    "It was a good game. The girls started out nervous. They settled down and came to play," said Rockwood Lady Tiger Soccer Coach Don Maples, after his team shut out Union County 6-0 in the opening match of the District 3A/AA Tournament at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex Monday night.
    The Lady Tigers advanced into the second round Tuesday night, as they hosted the winner of the Pigeon Forge at Greenback game. In other action, Grace Christian blanked Concord Christian 9-0, and Gatlinburg-Pittman edged Carter 2-1.

  • Kingston defeats Oneida in two overtimes

    The Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team defeated Oneida 3-2 in two overtimes to advance into the District 4A/AA Tournament, while Oliver Springs was beaten 2-1 by CAK.
    Kingston traveled to CAK Tuesday night for the semifinals, while Alcoa will travel to Catholic. Alcoa defeated Scott 3-1.
    Several players from the Kingston and Oliver Springs girls soccer teams earned post-season honors.

  • Parents suing tavern owner

    Former Grill & Pub operator Grover Norton still faces litigation over a death that occurred outside his establishment more than five years ago.

    “We look forward to getting the case heard,” said Harriman attorney J. Scott McCluen, who represents Roy and Rebecca Harvey.

  • Man hit his mom, officials charge

    A Kingston man was arrested last week and charged with an alleged assault on his mother.

    John Thomas Reyes, 30, 1200 Mobile Drive, was arrested Oct. 5 following the alleged altercation with Connie Morton.

    Kingston Police Officer Tony Guy was dispatched at 9:44 p.m. to that residence, which was also listed as Morton’s address.

    Both Morton and a witness, Janene Cofer, were sitting outside, and Reyes was apparently inside when Guy arrived, according to the police report.

  • OS driver racks up drug charges

    An Oliver Springs man was recently arrested and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and the manufacture/delivery/sale of both Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs.

    James T. Hooks was arrested Oct. 5 by Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham. He was also charged with failure to maintain a single lane, non-compliance with financial responsibility law, violation of registration law and possession of oxycodone hydrochloride and alprazolam, neither of which were in proper containers, according to the incident report.

  • Obesity, addiction among health issues

    Roane County is facing a range of health challenges from obesity to drug addiction, according to community leaders who gathered for a brainstorming session at Roane Medical Center Friday.

    The Roane Community Health Forum was organized to assess the most important health-related issues in Roane County, said Gary Young, director of community health at Covenant Health.

    The information gathered at the forum will be used to generate a report that should be published in early 2017.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Schools focus on more than testing

    The most recent Leadership Roane County class focused on education.

    Roane County residents of all ages have access to a wide variety of educational resources, and I was privileged to visit with a few of them.

    Our day began at Midtown Elementary School, where we heard from Principal Kendra Isham, Director of Special Education Stephanie Walker and Leah Watkins, director of Roane County Schools.

  • GLIMPSES: Perspectives on the Electoral College

    By Mark Banker

    Last week, two respected polls projected that the votes of as many as 40 percent of Tennesseans will not count in the coming presidential election.

    Some readers may assume that recent bombshells about the Republican presidential nominee must have overshadowed such shocking news. Others will see this as proof that our elections are indeed “rigged.”