Today's News

  • Jilted man accused in stabbing

    Mitchell Wright reportedly didn’t react kindly to finding another man in his home one recent morning. He was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing the man.

    The incident happened on Nov. 9.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Officer Alex French contacted Detective Keith Kile around 3:50 a.m. about a stabbing call at 533.5 Greenwood St.


    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Emily Duncan, Lauren Simpson and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!


  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: A lesson in tobacco


    Many years ago, I had a supervisor at work named Andy. He was a displaced Yankee, having been transferred here from Chicago.

    Andy was a good guy and he worked hard to fit in, but his mouth betrayed him to any local.

    He just didn’t talk “right” and try as he may, he never mastered our beautiful East Tennessee twang, so every time he spoke, his displaced (or misplaced) status as a Yankee was confirmed.

  • Harriman splits with Meigs County

    Harriman traveled to face the Meigs County Tigers Thursday evening in Decatur. The Lady Devils lost in the opening game of the night, 62-25. The Blue Devils rebounded after a season opening loss to Sweetwater by by beating the Tigers, 57-43. 

  • Lady ’Cats can’t take sting out of Yellow Jackets

    By Melissa Coley


    In the first meeting of Roane and Morgan County teams this young basketball season, the Coalfield Middle Lady Jackets held on to beat Oliver Springs, 41-37, in a game at Coalfield Thursday evening.

    Maddie Jones had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Oliver Springs

    Jones’ performance was matched by Coalfield’s Alexis Morrison, who finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

  • Scrappy defense pushes OSMS to rivalry victory

    By Melissa Coley


    The Oliver Springs Middle Bobcats’ scrappy defense led to a 42-38 win against Coalfield Thursday evening at Coalfield School.

    Javen Barger had four points and two rebounds for the Cats in the opening quarter.

    Barger’s performance wasn’t enough. It was Coalfield’s Cole Hines’ nine points that gave the Yellow Jackets a 12-9 lead after one period.

    Coalfield’s dominance continued into the second quarter.

  • Midway splits season opening double header

    By Jack Sims


    Midway opened the basketball season with a trip to Sweetwater Thursday for a two-game match up with the Sweetwater Wildcats.

    The evening saw mixed results for Midway. The Lady Waves came from behind to beat Sweetwater, 49-43, while the Green Wave couldn’t hold off the Wildcats’ sharp shooting, losing 83-34.

    The girls game showcased two teams that appeared to be evenly matched.

    Sweetwater took the opening tip off and put the first points on the board.

  • Johnson calls to remember TVA ash spill

    The ash spill continues to make headlines nearly 10 years after the disaster.

    The most recent were sparked by a federal jury’s verdict in the civil trial involving Jacobs Engineering Group and people who worked on the years long cleanup at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The jury of six women and four men found Jacobs failed to exercise reasonable care in carrying out the duties it owed to the workers.

    The jury also found the breach of duty was capable of causing illnesses that the workers allege they are suffering from.

  • REU nixes broadband

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board Thursday declined to move forward with a recently discussed broadband access proposal.

    The board had recently discussed several fiber-optic based broadband proposals that could provide various levels of coverage at a cost of $10 million to $34 million.

    The motion to continue to examine the possibility of providing broadband could not get a second.

    “For now this means the board will take no further action,” said REU General Manager Kendall Bear.