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Today's News

  • Going With the Flo: Attacks on conservatives sabotaging our freedom

    By Flo Charles

    “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” — Thomas Jefferson

    We must face the fact that the leftists in America do not want a free America; they just want to control America.

    This anti-American sabotage has been spreading like gangrene, blocking our president’s nominees by publicizing degrading stories to destroy their credibility and attacking conservatives with an all-out force.

  • Life Choices

    A new pregnancy center called Life Choices of Roane County aimed at helping young mothers in crisis pregnancies to choose life for their unborn children is taking shape.

    A group of women who became known as the Life Ladies held the first informational meeting to garner support last month.

    “We met about a year ago and started praying about what to do. At that point we started volunteering at the Dayton Care Center,” said Michelle Watkins.

  • Former federal inmate lands back behind bars

    A woman who was recently released from federal prison got into some trouble in Rockwood.

    Tawny Michelle Inman, 28, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following an April 29 traffic stop on Tedder Street.

    According to the report, she was a passenger in a vehicle driven by James Harrison Ledford.

    Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton said he stopped the vehicle because he suspected Ledford didn’t have a valid driver’s license and he recalled seeing Ledford’s name on an active warrants list.

  • Feeding the community
  • Kingston achieves best fire rating in county’s history

    The city of Kingston has achieved the best fire protection insurance rating in the history of Roane County.

    City officials announced this week that Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating has been reduced to a 2, effective Aug. 1.

    ISO is an insurer-supported organization that provides advisory insurance underwriting and rating information to insurers.

    The rating system is 1-10, with a score of 1 being the best.

    The rating comes after an extensive audit of equipment and training, said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

  • No tax increase unless ...

    The process of putting a county budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year is half finished, according to officials.

    “All funds are in good shape,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody is chairman of the Budget Committee, which has been working on the budget for several weeks now.

  • Audit: Ex-staffer stole $150K

    A former employee of the Oliver Springs Housing Authority is accused of making personal purchases of almost $150,000 with the Housing Authority’s credit cards in an investigative audit released this week by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

    Comptroller investigators reviewed accounting records, bank statements, credit card statements and supporting documentation for the period beginning Dec. 1, 2015, through the time of the employee’s termination in April 2017.

  • Rockwood scores when matters most

    The Wartburg Lady Bulldogs scored the first two and final three runs of Friday’s District 3-A contest with Rockwood, but it was the Lady Tigers scoring nine unanswered runs in between to leave Morgan County with a 9-5 victory.

    Wartburg struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

    Allie Aytes walked and Samantha Valez singled before both runners scored on a two-out double off the bat of Lydia Smith.

  • Standouts sign for next level
  • Hard night for Kingston on diamond

    The Roane County High School Yellow Jackets took to their home diamond on Monday to play host to the Carter Hornets in high school baseball action.

    The Yellow Jackets couldn’t keep up with the offense of Carter as the visitors went home with an 8-1 victory.

    “We ran up against a good team that is very good in all phases of the game,” said Kingston head coach Bruce Robinette. “We will continue to learn from it and move forward” Robinette added.