Today's News

  • Kingston speeders beware

    Speeders on Paint Rock Ferry Road have become a concern for the Kingston Police Department.

    “For about a month back in January we wrote over 30 tickets down through there,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

    “I think it was sometime around 10 o’clock one night there was a car going 80 miles an hour,” Washam said. “Even though Paint Rock Ferry is a heavily traveled road, we don’t need speeds like that.”

  • Elvis impersonator comes to Oliver Springs Historical Society

    Elvis impersonator Greg Johnson is performing a “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Valentine’s concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Abston Garage Museum, the headquarters of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Fryd Chicken is also appearing.

    Tickets are $20 a person for VIP seating, which is the first two rows and $10 for general admission, advanced ticket sales only.

    Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Tickets are available at both Harvey’s Furniture Store and from any member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • Kingston says no to beer

    Kingston City Council on Tuesday declined to move forward with an ordinance that would allow sale of beer at city events.

    The issue was raised at a recent council workshop where it was suggested that the new amphitheater at Southwest Point might be a suitable venue for beer sales.

    A motion by Councilwoman Stephanie Wright that would have authorized the city manager and city attorney to draft amendments to ordinances and policies relating to the sale of beer at certain city events did not get a second.

  • Woman in trouble for falsely accusing police

    Shoplifting suspect Christy Dawn Hunter is in more trouble with the law for allegedly making false allegations against the officer who arrested her.

    Hunter was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Monday on one count of filing a false report and one count of retaliation for past action.

    She was arrested on Jan. 6 for allegedly shoplifting at the Walmart in Rockwood. That same day, District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to look into allegations she made against the officer who arrested her.

  • Going With the Flo: Trump keeping promises, improving U.S. economy

    By Flo Charles

    Ronald Reagan: “I’m not worried so much about the Left Wing or the Right Wing; I want God to heal the whole bird. It is sick.” Years later this country is in worse condition!

    2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.”

    Are those who didn’t vote ignorantly complicit in the wickedness engulfing our Beloved U.S.A.?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Virginia politics fascinate & Lusty SBC preachers

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as the old curmudgeon’s family had resided in Tidewater, Virginia for over a hundred and fifty years before crossing the mountains into the Tennessee Valley, he has always had a certain particular interest in the Old Dominion. Therefore he has followed closely the current political debacle involving the leaders of the state government.

  • First ever state middle school tournament

    Scenes from Harriman Middle's Lady Devils' state championship game.

  • Third ain’t nothing to sneeze at

    After a shaky start to the TMSAA State Tournament, the Cherokee Lady Jackets rebounded to beat Kipp, 50-27, for third place in the state Saturday afternoon.

    “It’s a huge accomplishment for us to place where we did,” Cherokee Coach Kandi Leffew said. “I’m proud of this team for getting to the state tournament and placing third.

    “That’s a huge accomplishment for us.”

    The Lady Jackets hit the floor going on all cylinders when the game started.

  • HMS Lady Devils first ever

    The first ever!

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Devils overcame a huge 14-point deficit to beat Cloudland, 34-29, in overtime to become the inaugural TMSAA 1A State Champion Saturday afternoon at Stewarts Creek High in Murfreesboro.

    “It’s kinda surreal right now,” Harriman Coach Johnny Jones said. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet.

    “I’m exhausted, I’m elated.

    “I told the girls that there were only three girls in the state that didn’t lose their last game and you’re one of them.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: The passage of time marked by the passing of loved ones

    By Mark Banker

    When Dad passed away 33 years ago, Mother - who turned 68 on the following March - made it clear that she would live out the rest of her days on the farm that had been her home since she was pregnant with me in 1950.

    For several years, Mother maintained her characteristic busy lifestyle.

    Church-related duties, efforts to save the old Roane County Courthouse, baking bread, and grandmothering consumed her time and energy.