Today's News

  • Midtown wreck driver cited

    Trooper Gary Snow said James Britton, the driver who allegedly caused a chain-reaction crash in Midtown on May 3, was cited for failure to exercise due care. The wreck was at the intersection of Roane State Highway and Ruritan Road.

    According to police reports, two SUVs were stopped at the traffic light when Britton’s pickup crashed into the back of a TrailBlazer.
    Snow identified the SUV drivers as John F. Rinke and Andrea L. Lawson.

  • New charge lodged against Leon Houston

    A superseding indictment was filed against Leon Houston in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
    The superseding indictment replaces the one filed against Houston in January. 
    In addition to the original charge of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, he’s now also charged with use of a telephone to threaten an individual.
    Houston has been in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville since January. The alleged threat occurred on Feb. 10.

  • Watergate era was journalism at its finest

    First Amendment Center
    Forty years ago this week, The Washington Post — and its self-described “young and hard-digging reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein” — took home a Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the Watergate scandal.
    Other winners in journalism that year included the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and Knight Newspapers, and entries from several local newspapers   — all part of what we today would call “mainstream media.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is NRA endangering Second Amendment?

    Two things have prompted us to return to the topic of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
    The first was a recent PBS programme “Need to Know,” wherein three college professors, and self-identified experts, expounded upon the meaning of the Amendment, erroneously, in our opinion.
    The second was the recent national convention of the National Rifle Association.

  • Midway wins, Harriman loses in 3-A action

    Following a one day rain delay, the District 3-A softball tournament got under way Tuesday at Tellico Plains.

    The Midway Lady Green Waves played the first game of the session and picked up a 2-0 win over the host Lady Bears.

  • Lady Jackets one win away from region

    The Kingston Lady Jackets softball team was hoping that by Wednesday evening they would have locked down a berth in next week’s Region 2-AA Tournament.

  • ‘Cats down ‘Dogs in extra innings

    There is an old saying that goes "Expect the unexpected." 

  • Lady Waves, Devils still alive in 3-A tourney

    The District 3-A Softball Tournament moved into its third round Wednesday at Tellico Plains with the offense being hard to come by for each of the four teams still alive.

    Harriman eliminated Tellico Plains in the opening game Wednesday, 5-0. The Lady Devils won despite having only four hits in the game. 

  • Tigers reach District 3-A title game

    After seeing Monday’s and Tuesday’s action in the District 3-A Baseball Tournament cancelled due to weather, the decision was made to do away with the traditional double elimination format and go to a single elimination format for the four teams left standing.

  • Jackets come up one game short of region


    Roane Newspapers

    Bruce Robinette’s squad from Kingston fared well in the District 4-AA tournament, but ran out of gas in game four to be eliminated from play.