Today's News

  • Kingston Rec probe ongoing

    Kingston city officials have confirmed the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is conducting an investigation into the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

    The acknowledgment of the investigation comes almost a month after Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross submitted his resignation on Jan. 11.

    City Manager David Bolling had described the Ross resignation as “sudden.”

    Bolling has since confirmed that the Comptroller’s Office is investigating the Parks and Recreation Department. He said he could not provide any details.

  • Roane Academy faces suit

    A woman is suing the operator of Roane Academy for alleged gender discrimination.

    Brittany Valdez, a resident of Rockwood, is seeking back pay, front pay, punitive damages and attorney fees. Her lawsuit against Youth Opportunity Investments, the operator of Roane Academy, was filed in federal court last month.

    “The plaintiff (Valdez) was discriminated against because of her sex,” the lawsuit alleges.

    Roane Academy is located on Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • HPD criminal patrol unit is tackling drug problem

    By Richard Evans

    Though it has only been operating as a unit for a little more than a month, the Criminal Patrol Unit of the Harriman Police Department has already made an impact in the ongoing fight against drugs.

    “The CPU actually went into effect in mid-December and their first full month was January. The CPU was put together with one mission: Stop the drug traffic in Harriman,” said Police Chief Baron Tapp.

    In January, the unit made 77 traffic stops, which led to 59 total arrests.

  • Kingston considers allowing alcohol sales at events

    The sale of alcoholic beverages at city events in Kingston is again being discussed by city council.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Tim Neal said that with the construction of the amphitheater at Southwest Point the issue of serving beer at such a venue is again up for discussion.

    City Manager David Bolling said concerts at the amphitheater might be a potential fit for beer sales.

    Organizers of other events, such as the Storm the Fort Triathlon, might consider adding a post event concert with beer sales.

  • Harriman still frustrated with problem properties

    By Richard Evans

    Mayor Wayne Best expressed his frustration with ongoing code violations in Harriman during the city council meeting Tuesday night.

    “It seems like the more we do the worse it gets. I’ve been asking about a house out in Pine Hills. We gave the guy 30 days and now he’s given the house to his son and we’ve got to go back to court and do it again. I don’t understand the court system on that. Nothing changes. We keep fighting a losing battle,” Best said.

  • Kingston to evaluate its compliance with ADA regulations, remedy them

    Maintaining compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will not be inexpensive, a consultant told the Kingston City Council Tuesday night.

    All the municipalities in Roane County that employ more than 50 people, including Kingston, will have to conduct an audit to evaluate ADA compliance, said Bryan Hill, Project Manager with Community Development Partners.

    “It’s for all the buildings that have public access,” Hill said.

  • 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.?

  • Midway beats Rockwood to close out season

    With the Class 1A District 3 postseason looming, the Rockwood Lady Tigers fell to the Midway Lady Waves in a big senior night 48-16 win Friday at Midway High School’s Boyd Woody Gym.

    Tiani Porter quickly put the Lady Tigers on the board with a long jump shot to make the score 2-0.

    It was the last time Rockwood would be in the lead.

    A series of turnovers and fast strikes from the Midway offense led by Rebecca Lemasters, Paige Bacon, and Caitlyn Ross quickly put the Lady Tigers down, 12-2 at the end of the first.

  • 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.