Today's News

  • Library boasting new hours, Saturday children’s program

    Kingston Public Library will operate under new hours beginning July 1.

    The library’s new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, said library director Steve Jacks.

    The library’s present hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    “Also beginning July 1, the very popular Wednesday children’s program will be expanded to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” Jacks added.


    Brace yourself.

    If you thought last weekend was hot, you’ll likely have a new perspective before this weekend is over.

    The National Weather Service is expecting a record-breaking heat wave to build up late this week and  temperatures above  100 degrees to be with us through early next week.

    Meteorologists issued a special weather statement warning that record high temperatures could be reached Thursday through Sunday.

    The culprit is a strong high-pressure system.

  • Starvation arraignment delayed

    A Roane County couple accused of starving their toddler son didn’t appear for arraignment Monday.

    Instead, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, who are in protective custody at Roane County Jail, are to appear on July 13 on their first-degree murder charges.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said several factors made it difficult to have their arraignment on its original date.

    “We had over 100 indictments (this grand jury). I don’t know how many got arraigned Monday. It was just a numbers issue,” Johnson said.

  • Dixie Youth AA Tournament


    Rockwood’s Aaron Crabtree takes a swing during Dixie Youth AA Tournament action over the weekend at Rockwood. Roane County teams will participate in Dixie Youth tournaments this weekend in Caryville, Spring City, Kingston and Sweetwater.

  • Animal shelter needs donations, too

    Every penny is a plus at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Director John Griffin said that’s why the shelter welcomes donations from the community and holds fundraisers throughout the year.

    “Our budget covers a lot of needs, but anything else we can get helps,” he said.

    The department’s budget even includes a line item for donations.

    “Any donations we get, we truly appreciate,” Griffin said.

  • Solar safety in school zones

    Roane County Schools is hoping solar-powered speed-zone lights will save money.

    In May, the Board of Education voted to install four of the lights at the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School. More could be installed at other schools if the savings is clear.

    Board Member Wade McCullough asked maintenance director Robert Jones if he had any record on the reliability of the solar-powered speed-zone lights.

    Jones answered no.

  • Calfee would move on Tiger Haven

    Republican state representative candidate Kent Calfee is vowing to move legislation in Nashville for the Roane County Commission if elected.

    “If they ask me to, I will,” he said.

    District 32 state Rep. Julia Hurley, Calfee’s opponent in the Aug. 2 Republican primary, said it’s misleading to make those kind of declarations.

    “Saying you’re going to do something and being able to do it are two different things,” she said.

  • GUEST OPINION: Artist rolls to victory over Crimson Tide

    First Amendment Center
    College football means big money. Amid talk of a possible national playoffs system, we’re reminded of the extraordinary revenue potential of an “amateur” sport.

    Understandably, universities want to maximize their income and protect their broadcast and intellectual-property rights, particularly in a digital age. And yet it was refreshing last week to see a clear First Amendment victory for someone who works in one of the oldest media: paint on paper.

  • Credit debt can be managed — with care

     While recent reports indicate that credit card debt had declined over the last year, much of this decline is due to financial institutions writing off delinquent debt and not due to consumers reducing the amount they owe.

    A study from Nerd Wallet indicates that the average household still carries $6,772 in outstanding credit card debt and paying down debt is an ongoing struggle for many consumers.

  • Man killed when cycle struck

    A Murfreesboro man traveling eastbound on I-40 through Roane County last week died Monday, June 25, at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    Travis D. Frazier’s 2006 Buell motorcycle was struck from the rear by a 1999 Toyota Corolla driven by Avraham M. Solomon, said Trooper Matthew Vespie in his report.

    Frazier was pinned under the Corolla.

    Solomon and his passenger were both not injured.

    No citations or charges were issued. Drug and alcohol tests for Solomon were requested.