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Today's News

  • Former congressman laments divisions

    Ordinarily, the start of a new Congress is a time for optimism.

    Fresh faces and a purposeful spirit combine to get Congress off to a hope-filled start.

    Yet Capitol Hill right now is far from optimistic. That’s because last year’s session, with its distressing end by the edge of the fiscal cliff, left the new Congress confronting head on all the challenges that should have been resolved but weren’t: getting spending and the deficit under control, spurring economic growth, and reforming the tax code.

  • Kingston may extend new greenways

    Kingston City Council learned that the State of Tennessee doesn’t give refunds; but that the city can make up for any lost revenue with $280,000 in spare pocket change.

    At the Jan. 8 session, council voted on the long-delayed fate of Greenway D, the unfunded portion of the Ladd Landing Greenway, even as the rest of the project nears completion.

    The last of the project’s four greenways, D was cut out of the construction when the initial funding proved to be too little to cover the entire project cost.

  • Methmakers keep local law enforcement busy

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed-blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”

  • Sandhill crane festival set for this weekend

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be among organizations set to host the 2013 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival to be held on Jan. 19-20 at the Hiwassee Refuge and in the community of Birchwood. This will be the 22nd anniversary for the event which will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

  • Lady 'Cats suffer first district loss, 44-42

    If you were at John Jackson Memorial Gym in Coalfield Friday night you received your money’s worth as the Coalfield Lady Jackets used a furious rally to stun the seventh ranked Lady ‘Cats of Oliver Springs then the Coalfield boys held off a late charge from Oliver Springs to snap a three-game district losing streak.

  • Lady Patriots fall, 68-48

    In a girls only affair, the Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Lady Patriots were overpowered by Olivia Johnson and Hixson’s Berean Academy Lady Eagles, 68-48.

  • CAK sweeps Kingston

    Kingston hosted Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Friday night and both Kingston teams got down early and could not close the gap despite battling in the second half.  

  • Tigers downed by Bears

    Friday night was a rough night for the Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers as both squads suffered losses at Tellico Plains.

  • Midway takes two from Harriman

    The Midway Lady Waves and the Green Wave evened the season series with Harriman when both teams took home wins Friday night.

  • Houstons face weapons charges; were under surveillance

    A surveillance camera mounted on a public utility pole last fall led to the arrest of brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on federal firearms charges Friday. The brothers appeared in court in Knoxville Monday.

    Agents and officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Roane County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies executed arrest and search warrants at the Houston family property located in Roane County.