Today's News

  • Church Calendar: June 23-July 7

    • Union Valley Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a gospel singing at 7 p.m. in the church on Windrock Road. Featured singers include the Roy Freels Singers, Hallelujah Praise and Praise Him Youth Choir. Call Pastor Wayne Morgan at 435-4150 for details.

    • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, will have a tai chi class at 9 a.m. in the church at 203 S. Kentucky St. Call 376-6340 or visit www.bethelpcusa.org for details.


  • Tennessee Scholars: 117 Roane high school seniors cited

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Roane County Schools, recognized 117 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars during a recent breakfast ceremony.

    At the ceremony, each senior received a Tennessee Scholars certificate and medallion from The Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson and Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff.

  • Yellow Jacket Basketball Camp
  • Operation Dry Water starts Friday

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, June 22-24. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) education and enforcement directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.

  • Dixie Youth tourneys start Friday

    Friday night will be a big night for area youth league baseball players as the start of Dixie Youth postseason play begins in three age groups.

  • Tea Party forum to feature Mayfield

    Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield is scheduled to speak to the Roane County Tea Party on Thursday at the Kingston Community Center.
    Tea Party media director Chuck Smith said questions will be allowed.
    “The (Tea Party) board is going to ask questions first,” Smith said. “They’re going to be drawn from a hat of questions that we have pre-written.”

  • Child starvation, Morris murder among indictments

    Several people are facing murder charges following this week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Shawn Smoot was indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Morris.
    Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October. Morris, 23, was shot to death.
    Authorities quickly named Smoot, a Knoxville insurance agent, as a person of interest.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities took their time in the investigation to make sure “we cover all our bases.”

  • Rocky Houston no-show for grand jury

    Judicial officials planned to allow Rocky Houston to present evidence on his conspiracy and corruption theories to the Roane County grand jury on Tuesday, but he was a no-show for his morning appointment at the courthouse.
    Rocky and his brother, Leon Houston, have long complained about conspiracies and corruption that supposedly involved officials in Kingston, Nashville and even Washington, D.C.
    Both Houstons were accused in 2006 of killing a Roane County deputy and his friend outside Leon’s home, but neither was convicted.

  • Underaged drinking alleged at candidate’s lakefront home

    Darrin Mossing, the husband of Roane County Board of Education candidate Rhonda Mossing, managed to avoid even a slap on the wrist for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
    According to court records, the charge against him was dismissed on June 11. He paid $387 in court costs a few days later, records show.  
    Rhonda Mossing, who is seeking a school board seat in District 5/6, declined to comment on the matter, but court and sheriff’s office records said the case against her husband involved underage drinking.

  • McClure DUI hearing set for late summer

    The first court appearance for a Kingston City Councilman charged with driving under the influence won’t be until August.
    “It has been put off,” said Tom McFarland, who represents Kevin McClure. His new court date is 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20.
    McClure was taken into custody late on May 22 and released a few hours later on May 23.