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Today's News

  • City manager choice today?

    Kingston isn’t wasting any time on filling the job after longtime city manager Jim Pinkerton retired last month.
    Three finalists will be in town today (Friday) for tours and interviews, and a council vote on them is set in the afternoon.
    From nearly 40 people who applied, the final three are David Bolling, a former Oliver Springs town manager and current town administrator for Newscastle, Maine; Tracy Baker, assistant city administrator of Sevierville; and David Rutherford, McMinnville city manager.
    A fourth finalist withdrew from the process.

  • VW parts center not yet ready for main jobs push

    When are the jobs coming?
    That’s what Bob Kite, a member of Roane County Industrial Development Board, recently wanted to know about Volkswagen’s new Southeastern Regional Distribution Center. 
    “When you’re full PDC (parts distribution center) how many people do you expect to employ?” Kite asked.
    “I don’t necessarily want to be quoted as saying any particular number,” said John Kutz, senior manager of the facility. “Anywhere from, probably, 20 to 50 people.”

  • Midtown wreck driver cited

    Trooper Gary Snow said James Britton, the driver who allegedly caused a chain-reaction crash in Midtown on May 3, was cited for failure to exercise due care. The wreck was at the intersection of Roane State Highway and Ruritan Road.

    According to police reports, two SUVs were stopped at the traffic light when Britton’s pickup crashed into the back of a TrailBlazer.
    Snow identified the SUV drivers as John F. Rinke and Andrea L. Lawson.

  • New charge lodged against Leon Houston

    A superseding indictment was filed against Leon Houston in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
    The superseding indictment replaces the one filed against Houston in January. 
    In addition to the original charge of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, he’s now also charged with use of a telephone to threaten an individual.
    Houston has been in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville since January. The alleged threat occurred on Feb. 10.

  • Watergate era was journalism at its finest

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Forty years ago this week, The Washington Post — and its self-described “young and hard-digging reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein” — took home a Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the Watergate scandal.
    Other winners in journalism that year included the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and Knight Newspapers, and entries from several local newspapers   — all part of what we today would call “mainstream media.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is NRA endangering Second Amendment?

    Two things have prompted us to return to the topic of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
    The first was a recent PBS programme “Need to Know,” wherein three college professors, and self-identified experts, expounded upon the meaning of the Amendment, erroneously, in our opinion.
    The second was the recent national convention of the National Rifle Association.

  • Midway wins, Harriman loses in 3-A action

    Following a one day rain delay, the District 3-A softball tournament got under way Tuesday at Tellico Plains.

    The Midway Lady Green Waves played the first game of the session and picked up a 2-0 win over the host Lady Bears.

  • Lady Jackets one win away from region

    The Kingston Lady Jackets softball team was hoping that by Wednesday evening they would have locked down a berth in next week’s Region 2-AA Tournament.

  • ‘Cats down ‘Dogs in extra innings

    There is an old saying that goes "Expect the unexpected." 

  • Lady Waves, Devils still alive in 3-A tourney

    The District 3-A Softball Tournament moved into its third round Wednesday at Tellico Plains with the offense being hard to come by for each of the four teams still alive.

    Harriman eliminated Tellico Plains in the opening game Wednesday, 5-0. The Lady Devils won despite having only four hits in the game.