Today's News

  • Making repairs after the thaw


    Shawn Clark with the Kingston Water Department works on sawing out asphalt to repair a water main break along Hwy. 70 due to below-freezing temperatures that swept over East Tennessee the week of Jan. 6. This was the fourth repair Kingston had. Oak Ridge Utility District helped locate the break.

  • Rockwood area may boast biggest race

    Roane County Commission’s 1st District race could turn out to be one of the biggest, if the number of qualifying petitions picked up is any indication.

    As of 4 p.m. Friday, incumbents Ron Berry and Benny East could face five contenders for three seats to represent the district that includes Rockwood and surrounding areas.

    Both Berry and East picked up their qualifying petitions last week from the Roane County Election Commission. The third incumbent, Copper Bacon, said last week he does not intend to seek re-election.

  • Yager: No bill deal struck with Caldwell in exchange for condo


    State Sen. Ken Yager said his condo deal with Kingston developer Matt Caldwell had nothing to do with a bill he got passed that could benefit Caldwell financially.  

    “I keep my private business totally separate from my legislative work,” Yager said.

    Yager was the sponsor of Senate Bill 1346 that allows property owners to get a break on their delinquent tax penalties because of the TVA ash spill. 

  • Shillings tapped for alderman


    Don Shillings was selected on Thursday to fill the remainder of James Brummett’s seat on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen.

    He was one of two applicants.

    “Council made the motion to put Don in,” said Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler.

    “I think he’ll do fine. He’s served two terms before. It is good to have a full council,” Hepler said.


    Federal agents raided a Department of Energy subcontractor’s Oliver Springs facility Thursday.

    FBI agent Marshall Stone would only confirm the agents were at the Oliver Springs headquarters of Transportation, Operations and Professional Services on Thursday.

    “We don’t want to jeopardize the ongoing case,” he said.

    Stone said the ongoing investigation is a joint effort between the FBI, DOE and the Internal Revenue Service. 

  • Regular season ends for Midway Middle


    The regular season came to a close for Midway Middle School Thursday night by dropping two games to visiting Wartburg. 

    Girls Game

    The Lady Waves fell to 3-14 after the 40-24 loss to Wartburg. 

  • Kingston sweeps Sweetwater

     The Kingston Yellow Jackets made the short drive to Sweetwater Thursday night and took a pair of games from the Wildcats.

    In the first game of the evening, the Lady Jackets took control early and rolled to a 49-26 victory. The final game of the night was closer, but Kingston still won by a comfortable 15-point margin, 66-51.

  • Lady Devils knock off Coalfield, 40-29

     The Coalfield Yellow Jackets traveled to Harriman Thursday night for a rare late season non-district game. 

    The Lady Jackets, playing without their two leading scorers, fell for the second time this season to the Lady Devils, this time by the score of 40-29. 

  • Cherokee splits road games


    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets spent Monday and Tuesday of last week playing games at Sweetwater and Philadelphia.

    The trip to Sweetwater didn’t go well as the Jackets dropped a 52-39 decision at the hands of the Wildcats. Philadelphia was a much better trip, however, as Mike Snow’s squad downed the Warriors, 40-35.

  • OSMS, Harriman end regular season with split


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