Today's News

  • Deer archery season set to begin

    The 2018 deer archery-only hunting season opens statewide in Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 22. The archery season dates in all five of the state’s deer hunting units are the same. The dates are Sept. 22-Oct. 26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

    Tennessee is divided into five deer units for better management, A, B, C, D, and L. The antlerless deer bag limits are four in Units A-D management areas and three per day in Unit L areas. The antlered deer bag limit is a total of two for the entire deer season.

  • Kingston fisher’s winning tale

    Boater Chase Henley of Kingston won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 15 ounces. For his win, Henley earned $5,126.

    “On Saturday I caught them around the Kingston area of the lake. I caught them as the water was falling – I kind of moved out with the fish,” said Henley, who earned his first career win FLW competition. “I probably had four areas and fished laydowns and seawalls with a jig and buzzbait.”

  • Kingston blanks Rockwood

    Despite the rainy and sloppy weather Monday evening, the Kingston Lady Jackets were able to pile on the goals against Rockwood, winning 7-0 at the Rockwood Sports Complex. The Lady Tigers couldn’t stop the scoring onslaught. Mackenzie Bunch scored three goals for the hat trick. Demi Shirran finished with two scores, and Jordan Ross chipped in with one goal as well as Rockwood scoring an own goal coming off a corner kick.

  • Jackets can’t stop rolling Stone

    The Kingston Lady Jackets couldn’t find an answer for Stone Memorial on the volleyball court Monday evening. In the junior varsity contest Stone beat Kingston in two straight sets. The varsity ladies put up a fight, but ultimately couldn’t hang on, losing 3-2. Top left: Autumn Davis digs in to pop the ball back into the air. Above: Emily Shelley goes for the kill on the front line. left: Hannah Bailey shows some acrobat ability as she flies into the air for a jumping serve.

  • Gators are coming to town

    By Ben Briley


    Tennessee had 512 yards of total offense in Saturday’s shutout 24-0 victory over UTEP.

    158 of those yards were courtesy of a freshly concussed Ty Chandler.

    These offensive numbers have been few and far between in recent years.

    The defense allowed zero redzone appearances, zero points and 134 yards of total offense.

    Jarrett Guarantano finally got his highly anticipated wheels moving.

    Jauan Jennings found the endzone for the first time in 3 seasons.

  • Flo wins softball easily

    By Melissa Coley


    Wartburg and Midway are not district rivals but will probably see each other in the state sectionals in a couple of weeks so the significance of this game was basically to see what each team would be up against.

  • Guest Column: School attendance is important

    By Sheila Sitzlar

    Special to the Roane County News

    Did you know that children who miss 18 or more days in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of third grade?

    By sixth grade, missing 18 or more days of school in a school year is proven as an early warning sign for dropping out of high school.

    By ninth grade, good attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Politics weather the storms, too

    By Mark Banker

    Kathy and I have watched the weather with more attention than usual this past week as Hurricane Florence blasted the Atlantic coast. More than 40 years ago, she introduced me to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

    Her Forbes’ ancestors arrived there in the late 17th century, and for more than three centuries that rocky, semi-isolated seacoast was their home.

  • Guest column: State’s top court could hinder reporters in their job

    By Deborah Fisher

    Should reporters censor information from government proceedings? Of course not.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Oct. 4 in an important case involving state libel laws and a free press.

    The appeal before the state’s highest court is a test of the state’s fair report privilege.

  • Child support changes afoot

    Changes could be coming to the state’s child support system.

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is holding an open forum in Knoxville on Sept. 27 to get public input about the proposed changes.

    “Parents, caretakers, and other interested parties are invited,” the notice said.

    The forum is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the DHS Family Assistance Office at 2700 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 200, Knoxville. There is no charge for parking.