Today's News

  • Ferguson rep to meet with constituents

    State Rep. Dennis Ferguson’s field representative, Donna Davis, is holding three monthly listening meetings on Wednesday, Oct, 27, for his constituents.

    The first will be at 310 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  
    The second meeting will be at 131 Britain Village, Oliver Springs, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The last  will be at the Oak Ridge Turnpike Gatehouse on Hwy. 95 in Oak Ridge from 3- 4:30 p.m.

  • Kingston advances to title game

    The Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team got one step closer Tuesday night to their goal of a district championship with a 4-0 win over the Loudon Lady Redskins.

  • Kingston stays hot in TVL action

    For the fourth week in a row, the Kingston crickets, hoppers and cutters all won games in Tennessee Valley Conference play. The only blemish for Kingston last Saturday was the peewee loss to Oak Ridge. The only points Kingston allowed to Oak Ridge East was a single touchdown in the cricket game. 

  • Close games highlight week 9 schedule

    Friday night should be a great night for Roane County football fans as all five of Roane County teams will be in action, and on paper anyway, all five games should be close.

    Only one county team has a district game this week as Oliver Springs hosts Wartburg.

  • Burn permits needed now through May 15

    From Oct. 15 through May 15, anyone doing outdoor burning in Tennessee are required to obtain a free burn permit from the Tennessee Deptartment of Agriculture, Forestry Division.
    Burning without a permit during this time period is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a $50 fine, as well as suppression costs.
    To obtain a permit, call your local forestry office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    You are responsible for your fire and any damages incurred should it escape, as well as liable for suppression costs.

  • Sophomoric speech is free speech, too

    Some school memories are more golden than others.
    While we’ve all benefited from the good teachers and school administrators in our lives, it’s hard to shake the memories of those who either didn’t teach us very well or treated us badly.
    Students in the pre-digital era pretty much just had to grin and bear it. We would grumble to our friends or complain to our parents, but we weren’t going to get an audience with the school board.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Do you feel a sudden urge to scratch?

    I recall a little rhyme my sister and I would exchange after our parents banished us from the living room at bedtime.
    She taught it to me when we were Air Force brats sharing twin beds in the same room at various bases across the globe.
    When we finally settled into a house Daddy built in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, we continued the nightly passage before saying our prayers from separate rooms.

  • VA clinic reopens under new group

    The VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood reopened on Monday. A contracting issue is to blame for its temporary closure in September, according to the VA’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

  • Trash problem tossed about

    Collecting for trash pickup is a difficult  endeavor for Harriman.
    Waste Connections is picking up for residents that are not being billed or not making their payments — leaving the city to pay the difference.
    City Treasurer Charles Kerley said the problem cost the city $121,000 last fiscal year.
    “It is just $10,” City Councilman Buddy Holley said. “My gosh that is a bargain.”
    That $10 allows residents to have up to four cans picked up once each week.

  • Female Navy veteran enjoys flight of honor

    Madeline Moates spent World War II as a Navy Wave, joining the effort as a young woman.
    The women’s branch of service contributed in many ways, often taking on roles left behind by soldiers that went to the front lines.
    “I sat there at that desk and kept up with the boats coming in,” the Roane County resident said.
    Not only did she contribute to the effort, but she also met her late husband, Frank, while in service in San Diego.