Today's News

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Is entrenched hot spell finally (finally!) over?

    It’s not quite official as I write this, but it may be so as you read it.
    The extended heat spell has broken.
    As I look at the 10-day forecast for our area, there isn’t a 90-degree temperature in sight. I know, I know. That could change, and it just might.
    But I repeat, the extended heat spell has broken.
    We should be dancing in the streets.
    I want to complain about the stifling heat of this summer and how, in response, I haven’t hiked, biked or paddled my kayak as much as usual.

  • GUEST OPINION: Loyal employee lawsuit against schools in court

    First Amendment Center
    A former employee with a Nevada school district will have her day in court after a federal district judge ruled she had a clearly established right to attend a public meeting and sit next to her former boss.

    Kathleen Nichols was an employee with the Washoe County School District, where she worked as an administrative assistant to the district’s general counsel, Jeffrey Blanck.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Introducing Jack McNew, legislative candidate

    Well, dear friends, we have survived another general election, which produced mostly expected outcomes, but still enough of the unexpected to prompt some post-election comments, but, before we get into those, we should remind you of the Princess Theatre’s plans for tomorrow evening.

  • Kingston tops Meigs in scrimmage, 34-19

    It was a Jekyll and Hyde type performance for the Kingston Yellow Jackets Tuesday evening in their 34-19 scrimmage victory over Meigs County.

  • Tigers score with new scoreboard

    When Roane County football fans enter Tom Pemberton Stadium in Rockwood Friday night for the 2012 Roane County Jamboree, they will no doubt see some good football. 

  • Bronze Star Medal given decades late

    Arville T. Sparks was wounded four times during a 10-month period while fighting in Italy and France during World War II.
    In fact, the U.S. Army sergeant once saved all the members of his platoon from being captured or killed.
    For his heroism in France on Oct. 20, 1944, the 87-year-old Roane County resident was nominated for several medals, including an esteemed  Bronze Star.

  • Ryans quits public utility board seat

    Roane County Election Commissioner Jim Ryans resigned his position with the County Board of Public Utilities last month.
    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all those associated with the utility,” Ryans said in the resignation letter addressed to utilities board chairman Stan Malone.
    Ryans was already a member of the board when he was appointed to the Roane County Election Commission in 2009, but the dual roles later become an issue.
    The State Election Commission took up the matter in June.

  • Dyllis Springs ribbon cutting set Aug. 16

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. 
    “It’s a beautiful building,” Aytes said. “I think it’s a building that community is going to be proud of.”
    Even though the ceremony is a few days later, Aytes said he expects the school to be ready for students for the first day of school on Aug. 13.
    Construction is complete, but some cleanup was needed and some furniture needs to be moved, he said.

  • Teacher evaluations still hot topic

    Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system could undergo changes for years to come.
    “Our assumption is that we’re going to make some tweaks every year,” Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said.
    Huffman spoke with Roane County school system employees at the central office building in Kingston last week. The evaluation system that started last year was a hot topic. 

  • Troubled Kingston intersection getting help

    The bad news is that the revamping of the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 in Kingston will take a little longer than local officials had hoped.
    The good news is that the funding is already there, in these times of tight purse strings, and the delay is only a matter of months.
    The intersection is due for a number of improvements, including the addition of left-turn lanes. Kingston Mayor Troy Beets had originally hoped the project would be well under way this fall.