Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Woody right to anticipate new money needs

    As you no doubt know, gentle reader, the incumbent superintendent of schools, Toni McGriff, is in process of leaving that post.

    As regular readers know, we did not approve of her selection, and subsequent events have proven that position correct, at least in the eyes of most responsible citizens.

  • Search for new Roane State chief on

    An advisory committee for a new president of Roane State Community College has been selected and will meet for the first time Monday, July 9.

    The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the Dunbar Building Faculty Dining Room on the college’s main campus in Harriman.

    Roane State’s current president, Gary Goff, announced in March his plan to retire at the end of October.

    Goff had been president of the multi-campus college for seven years.

    The new president is expected to be named this fall.

  • Take steps to keep your AC bills down

    Sweltering hot days make it harder to keep your home cool, straining air conditioning systems and energy budgets.

    The Energy Education Council offers some simple tips to boost comfort and save on electric bills during the sultriest of days:

    Make sure your air conditioner filter is clean. Change or clean it monthly during the cooling season.

    Ensure air can move freely around the air conditioner unit coils. Remove leaves and plant overgrowth that could keep it from operating efficiently.

  • Heat a concern for Dixie Youth tourneys

    With temperatures rising to near all-time record levels this weekend, Dixie Youth National Director Tony Brown says his organization will be keeping a close eye on weather conditions as Dixie Youth tournaments will be taking place in Sweetwater, Spring City, Caryville and Kingston.

  • AA Jackets win sub-district in style

    Winning titles isn’t supposed to be easy, but the Kingston AA All-Stars marched through the Dixie Youth AA west sub-district tournament like Sherman’s March through Georgia.

  • Prince takes over at Spring Hill


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  • Jackets win A sub-district

    The Kingston A All-Stars capped an impressive run through the Dixie Youth A sub-district tournament with a 17-7 victory over Lake City in Tuesday’s title game at Kingston.

  • Lots of music genres on tap for Half-Moon Fest

    A showcase of regional talent is promised for this year’s Half-Moon Music Festival, a free Sunday afternoon concert in the scenic Blue Springs Cove of Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile.

    “Pack up your camping chair or pull up your party barge,” encouraged Half-Moon organizer Wayne Tipps about this year’s event, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. July 8.

    The Half-Moon Music Festival is “our way of giving back to the area,” Tipps said.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 27

    25 Years Ago
    Selected for the 1986 Edition of Outstanding Young Women of America were Karen Mayton and Melinda Cofer Salmons, both of Harriman; Gail Rosser and Maureen Anne Williams, both formerly of Kingston; and Kingston native Sherry L. Sitzler. The program is designed to honor and encourage young women between the ages of 21-36 who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavor, such as services to community, professional leadership, academic achievement, business advancement, cultural accomplishments, and civic and political participation.

  • James Daniel Hooker

    James Daniel Hooker was born at 8:59 p.m. on June 6 in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

    He is the son of Timothy Hooker and Alicia Patterson of Wartburg.

    Grandparents are Douglas and Stella Patterson of Oliver Springs, and John and Mary Jo Hooker of Harriman.

    Great-grandparents are Earslee Patterson of Oliver Springs and Joseph Dunnabeck Sr. of Michigan.

    James has a brother, 8-year-old Jacob.