Today's News

  • Backcountry campfires banned at state parks

    The Tennessee State Parks system has issued a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks due to dry weather conditions that could increase the potential for wildfire hazards.
    The backcountry campfire ban will remain in place until further notice.
    In coordination with the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry efforts, this burn ban serves as an additional measure to ensure the safety of campers and to protect the parks’ forested areas.

  • TVA to test sirens at Kingston

    Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5.
    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries. The public is advised that this is only a test.
    The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.

  • Kingston fireworks display still a go

    Though hot and dry conditions persist through the Fourth of July holiday, the city of Kingston is still poised today to give the good ol’ U.S.A. a birthday celebration befitting the land of the free, complete with a fireworks extravaganza at dark. The reason? “The fallout zone is on the water,” Kingston Park and Recreation Director Rick Ross confirmed Monday. Extra precautions are being taken, including wetting down the launch area. “We plan like this every year,” he said. The all-day celebration includes festivities around Kingston’s waterfront.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Brabham 50th

    Mr. and Mrs. Larry Brabham will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 4.

    An anniversary celebration will be from 1 to 3 p.m. July 14 in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center.

    Brabham and the former Louise Gibson were married on July 4, 1962, in Ajo, Ariz.

    He is a retired boiler maker and contractor, and she was secretary at Kingston First Baptist Church for 25 years.

    The couple has two children, Shawn Brabham and Susan Brabham Brown.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 4

    25 Years Ago
    Newly elected Harriman Mayor Jerry Davis appointed Clayton Isham, 24, as police chief and called a meeting of the police department to discuss other changes. Davis did away with the assistant chief and investigator positions; instead, the department had a police chief and three shift supervisors.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: What’s up, doc? Queen Anne’s lace up Bugs’ alley

    Did you know that the beautiful Queen Anne’s lace blossoms beginning to ornament fields and roadsides everywhere are really wild carrots?

    Pull one up and sniff at the root, and you will recognize the familiar carrot smell.

    The root you are holding is white, but it will be as edible as the familiar yellow ones. You will have to cook it a little longer than the familiar garden variety, but it will taste just the same.

    Carrots are related to parsnips, caraway and parsley and combine well with all of them.

  • Kingston team headed to world series

    The Kingston 9-Under travel baseball team will heading to Kingsport from July 4-8 to compete in the USSSA World Series.

  • AA Jackets closing in on state

    After cruising in sub-district play, the Kingston AA All-Stars finally found themselves in a battle Saturday night against Tellico Plains in the third round of the Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament at Spring City. The Bears pushed the Jackets to the limit, but Kingston remained undefeated in the postseason following a 13-10 victory.

  • Things to Do

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  • Three board hopefuls eyeing new RCHS building

    District 5/6, which includes the city of Kingston and East Roane County, has three seats on the Roane County Board of Education.

    Four people are vying for those three spots in this year’s election.

    The group consists of incumbents Marjorie Earick, Rob Jago and Hugh Johnson.

    Newcomer Rhonda Mossing is also running for one of the seats.

    Early voting runs from July 13-28. Election Day is Aug. 2.   

    Marjorie Earick