Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: It’s easy to go bananas with such a variety of available fruit

    Bananas, as a food, are far older than recorded history. Their earliest home is believed to be the tropical regions of South Asia.

    The armies of Alexander the Great found bananas rowing abundantly in the valley of the Indus in 327 B.C. He learned that dried roots could be carried long distances and would then grown anywhere that the climate was suitable.

  • County wants bigger slice of pie

    Roane County Schools isn’t the only entity in county government facing a budget shortfall. The budget committee is trying to make up a $500,000 shortfall in the county’s general fund. 
    “You have to cut or get more revenue,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • City manager details tweaked

    The devil is in the details, but Kingston City Council crafted a first-draft contract for their intended new city manager.
    After a selection process that began with 39 applicants to fill the position of retiring City Manager Jim Pinkerton, Kingston officials scheduled a round of interviews for four finalists earlier this month.
    Two dropped out, seeking other positions.

  • Rarity developer charges dismissed

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a motion in federal court last week to dismiss a  28-count indictment against developer Michael L. Ross.
    “As grounds therefore the United States would advise the court that new exculpatory evidence has been developed and provided by the defense that undermines the accuracy of the current indictment in this case,” the motion said.


    The story Lane Changes in the May 24 edition has some incorrect dates. Instead of opening in 1963 in Kingston, that was the year the now Tri-City Lanes moved to Midtown. Current co-owner Keith Farmer worked for the former owner in 1981 and purchased the property in 2003.

  • Acting boot camp offered

    Obstacle courses may not be part of it, but an entertainment veteran plans on running students through their paces in a one-day drama boot camp.
    The boot camp, which will be at the Rockwood Event Center (the REC), is for serious, career-minded actors and is Saturday.
    The focus is on giving students the right tools to present themselves and promote themselves.
    Those include stage presence, developing style, picking songs for vocal ability and microphone techniques.

  • State parks celebrate Trails Day on June 1

    In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 1, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state. 
    Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.
    From Fort Pillow to Standing Stone to Warriors’ Path and every state park in between, the National Trails Day hikes are designed for all ages and abilities.

  • ‘Nasty’ meth lab discovered

    One of the worst meth labs one law officer said he’s ever seen was discovered last week.
    William Drennan, a 48-year-old Oliver Springs man, was arrested last week for failing to appear in court.
    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said additional charges were pending against him because of a search warrant executed at his 116 Wheeler Lane residence. The home is in Hartland Estates subdivision.  


    Family, friends and Rockwood Middle School students helped keep the memory of Morgan Peters alive with a butterfly garden and bench dedication this month.
    In 2012, Morgan was a sixth-grader at Rockwood Middle when she contracted meningitis and died last May 6.
    “She was such a special young lady that we wanted to do something just as special,” said Maranda Summers, Rockwood Middle librarian.
    Morgan’s family members said they are appreciative of the public support and caring.

  • Man classified as violent sex offender released on bond

    Charles Daniel Mullins, who is accused of rape and assaulting a fellow inmate in jail last year, was released from jail after making bond last Thursday.
    Mullins, 32, was on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry from a 2005 conviction of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County when he was indicted for rape last October.
    On the Cumberland County charge, he was sentenced to community supervision for life and ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit.