Today's News

  • Tigers and Jackets renew rivalry

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets will be looking to get a win this Friday night as they host Roane County rival Rockwood. Rockwood is coming off a 14-6 win against Tellico last week while Kingston is reeling after losing to Austin-East 36-14. Although the game won’t have a bearing on either team’s district standings, it will still be for bragging rights in the county.

  • Amazing, anyway you cut it

    Any way you look at it, a 49-0 win streak is pretty amazing.

    What makes it more remarkable is the fact this streak belongs to young kids playing for the Harriman Cutters (10-11 year-old) youth league football team.

    They’ll be going for 50 wins in a row Saturday afternoon when they play on the road in Spring City.

    This is a streak five years in the making starting in 2013 when the youngsters won the final two games of the season to finish 9-2.

  • Going With the Flo: Are you ready to say enough is enough?

    By Flo Charles

    Henry David Thoreau stated: “It’s not what you’re looking at that matters, it’s what you see.”

    I was shocked at what I saw of Sen. McCain’s funeral — religiously moving on the surface, but a shocking revelation of mutinous actions! Being so stunned, I missed my high school reunion, replaying everything, disbelieving the contemptuous attitudes I was seeing and hearing.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Is it time to revaluate the Roane Alliance?

    President Harry Truman is credited with saying, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” And it’s old folk wisdom, “never to start a fire you can’t put out”. Now why, you may ask, is the old curmudgeon bandying about all this pyrotechnical talk?

  • Roane jailer accused of striking his wife

    Gary Watts, a corrections officer at the Roane County Jail, was arrested for domestic assault on Wednesday.

    An internal affairs investigation that could impact his employment with the county was underway Thursday.

    “We got his firearm, ID and all that stuff,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said Thursday morning.

    “I haven’t done anything yet. Internal affairs is going to interview his spouse, and it appears that he’ll no longer be employed before the day’s over.”

  • Downtown sidewalk work
  • Woman says dog was poisoned

    A Rockwood woman told police her dog was poisoned to death.

    Officer Jared Hall responded to 221 S. Patton Ave., last week to speak with the woman, Karen Boles, about the incident.

    “She told me that her 6-month-old German Shepherd pup was kept fenced in her backyard and had never got out,” the report said.

    “She said he would bark at prowlers that walked the alley at night, and she believes that one of these cowards poisoned her dog this past week.”

    The dog’s name was Bolt.


    A noontime crash in Kingston on Wednesday left a 96-year-old woman dead and two people injured.

    According to a preliminary crash report released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Josephine E. Farr of Kingston died after a collision that ran her car into Watts Bar Lake, where it became fully submerged.

    The eastbound Ford Crown Victoria Farr was driving on Hwy. 70 near Kingston City Park collided with a westbound Buick Regal driven by Betty T. Smith, 71, of Kingston, when Farr attempted a left turn onto Patton Ferry Road.

  • Harriman eliminates Schwepfinger’s job

    Hooray for Harriman’s Labor Day Festival appears to have been a hit, but it wasn’t enough to save organizer Rebecca Schwepfinger’s job.

    The special events and public relations coordinator position was eliminated in second reading of Harriman’s fiscal year 2019 budget, despite a crowd at the meeting in support of Schwepfinger.

    “Her position is valuable,” said Sam Ledford, marketing coordinator at the Roane Alliance. “I think you need to consider that as Council tonight …”

  • Dog park heads to Brentwood

    Kingston’s Fort Paws Dog Park will now be on land in the Brentwood community across the road from 58 Landing.

    The previously selected site near Byrd Field faced opposition from citizens in the Circle Drive neighborhood.

    The new location seemed to have universal approval from members of the Kingston City Council, who met during a workshop Tuesday.

    During the public-comment period at the beginning of the meeting several citizens spoke in favor of the park.