Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Shouldn’t somebody question the numbers?

    Alas, dear reader; as we near property tax paying time it seems that the usual forces are labouring mightily to magnify the extraction they will exact from our respective wallets, pockets, and purses.
    Curiously enough the two major threats come from statistical figures which we have reason to doubt. In this regard we find this quotation from Mark Twain’s autobiography apropos: “...the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”’

  • Vols support down to ‘T’

    Jeff Brantley is a diehard University of Tennessee Volunteers fan.
    In one way, he may be the most visible fan in Roane County.
    Brantley expresses his devotion so that anyone crossing the Hwy. 58 bridge in Kingston can see it. He has mowed a giant “Power T” on his sweeping hillside over the Tennessee River.

    The symbol emerged for the first time when his daughter suggested he do something special with their large lakeview lot.

  • Morgan evades statutory rape through time limit

    The District Attorney General’s Office issued a statement this week explaining why Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan isn’t being charged with statutory rape for impregnating a 16-year-old when he was 27.
    “In this case with the ‘statutory rape’ occurring sometime in 1996, the statute of limitations for prosecution has long expired,” the press release said.
    The mother, Melissa Everts, is now 33 years old and living in Illinois.

  • Road chief offering a helping hand
  • Father, son charged with statutory rape

    A father and son have been indicted by the Roane County grand jury for alleged sexual crimes.
    George William Miles Sr. faces six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.
    His son, George William Miles Jr., faces six counts of aggravated statutory rape. 
    Miles Sr., 72, and Miles Jr., 49, have both been arrested on the charges and released from custody, according to Roane County Jail records.

    Several of the indictments returned by the grand jury this week were for alleged sexual crimes. 

  • McClure DUI heads to criminal court now

    Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Monday on a charge of driving under the influence.  
    The charge stems from a May 22, 2012, incident on Ladd Wright Road. McClure was reportedly found unresponsive in his vehicle, while the engine was running.

  • Coats for Cold effort begins

    The 19th annual Coats for the Cold campaign is set to kick off next week.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson, who began the effort more than a decade ago as state representative, is asking residents  to check their closets for coats and jackets to help those in need stay warm this winter.
    Donations may be dropped off during business hours starting on Halloween, Oct. 31, at one of five collection sites:
    • United Community Bank, Kingston.
    • Midtown Professional Pharmacy in Physicians Plaza, Midtown.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Fall color coming in dribs – and drabs

     I have been to the mountain, and I come back bearing news.
    Despite the lifeless coloration of many trees here in Roane County, some places are beginning to see some of those reds, golds and oranges that make autumn so festive.
    I had just about given up on the seasonal eye candy this year.

    Most of the leaves on my big maple are muddy green and brown. The usual vibrant yellow is nowhere to be found.
    The same is true of the red maple down the road.

  • Military Jeep memorial to be dedicated

    A U.S. Military Jeep memorial will be dedicated next month to Tri-County Chapter 26 of Disabled American Veterans.

    The dedication will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the DAV headquarters at 530 Kingston Ave., Oliver Springs.

    The Jeep is similar to one driven by Oliver Springs native Fred White, who served as Gen. George S. Patton’s driver during World War II.

    The dedication is in  memory of White and in honor of all U.S. veterans who have served.

  • Dispose of unused prescription meds on Take-Back Day

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – when thousands of pounds of unused and potentially addictive medications and other substances are removed from homes around the United States – will be  on Oct. 26.

    The aim of the event is to help reduce the number of teens and adults who are abusing prescription medicines.

    The event is held twice each year and helps raise awareness of the permanent prescription-drug-disposal boxes that have been established around the nation.