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Today's News

  • Woman guilty in shooting at sex offender

    The woman who shot at a disbarred attorney earlier this year has entered a guilty plea to resolve her criminal case.

    Linda Ada Flanagan was charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for shooting at Kent Booher, who in addition to being a disbarred attorney is also a convicted sex offender.

    The shooting incident happened on March 6 in Rockwood.

    Flanagan reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty this month to aggravated assault with a weapon involved.

  • TVA raises alarm about invasive fish

    The Asian carp fish threat has TVA’s attention.

    “We do take the Asian carp issue quite serious,” TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash told the Roane County Commission on Monday. “We haven’t personally driven into our action plans, but I know our environmental staff is concerned about it.”

  • Remember the fallen
  • Never forget 9-11
  • ‘Rough time’ reason for not stopping for deputy

    A sheriff’s deputy got into a pursuit with a reckless driving suspect.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Allen Leach was booked into the Roane County Jail Tuesday night on charges of reckless driving, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and evading arrest.

    “I, Deputy Nathaniel Swymer, while on my way to work driving towards Kingston on Hwy. 58, a vehicle passed another illegally in the opposite direction of traffic,” the report said.

  • Kingston takes look at funding for nonprofits asking for donations

    The Kingston City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance regulating donations to local organizations.

    The ordinance was passed to maintain compliance with recent changes in state regulations.

    All donations to nonprofit charitable and civic organizations are to be approved by the mayor and Kingston City Council through the annual budget approval process.

    The process specifies that qualifying agencies should be nonprofit charitable or civic organizations.

    Other qualifications include non-taxable status and year round services.

  • Opioid lawsuit gets a boost with appeal

    A State Appeals Court ruling was seen as a victory for Tennessee district attorney generals seeking to hold pharmaceutical companies liable for the opioid crisis.

    “I was thrilled to hear this,” said Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

    Appeals Court Judge D. Michael Swiney ruled Opioid makers Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals can be sued for their role in the abuse of their products.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Were the courtroom walls of old courthouse to talk

    Gentle reader, as you no doubt know, the Roane County Commission held its regular September Session in an unusual forum, i. e. its old home place, the Old Roane County Court House, now home of the Roane County Heritage Commission, thanks to the generosity, and foresight of the Commission, and its predecessors in office.

  • Going With the Flo: Our country is doing well thanks to Donald Trump

    By Flo Charles

    Our country has never been in a better position!

    More people are working today in the United States than at any time in the history of our country – almost 160 million people. We have the best economy we’ve had in 50 years.

    Only 3.5 percent unemployment, lowest unemployment among African Americans in history; lowest Hispanic unemployment in the last 50 years; more jobs created in the last three years than in the last 25 years! Why are some still complaining and criticizing?

  • Lady Jackets outswarm Bees

    The Kingston Lady Jackets took the show on the road Tuesday night, winning 2-0 for the region victory against the Upperman Lady Bees.
    Kingston came out on the attack in the opening half.
    By the time intermission rolled around, the aggressive Lady Jackets’ had pushed two goals into the back of the net thanks to Bryn Gyolai.
    When the second half got going, Kingston went to a more defensive minded scheme.
    Ball control and timely clears as well as saves cemented the game’s outcome.