Today's News

  • Baby, it’s COLD outside!

    As Roane County rebounded from its frigid 2-degree low on Tuesday, L.K. “Butch” Barding took a moment at Kingston City Park to snap a photo of an overflowing water fountain that remained frozen.

    The National Weather Service in Morristown said the low broke the record for Jan. 7, but not the overall record in Roane County.

    That record is 24 below zero, recorded in 1985.

  • Return FSA county committee ballots by Jan. 17

    USDA Farm Service Agency county committee elections are now underway.

    Elections began on Dec. 20 with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters.

    The deadline to return the ballots to FSA offices is Jan. 17.

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Call 376-2392, Ext. 2, for details.

    Producers have been instructed to destroy the FSA county committee election ballots (FSA-669s) mailed on Nov.


  • No school Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Roane County

    For the third consecutive day, Roane County Schools are closed Wednesday due to extreme cold weather.

    "We just called it," Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. “We still had three or four roads with icy conditions. There was also a real concern about the wind chill in the morning and students waiting out at the bus stop.”

    Most students are picked up in front of their homes, Aytes said, "but we have some areas where there are bus stops."

  • Loudon holds off Lady Jackets


    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets did a lot of things well Friday night at Loudon, but shooting the ball wasn’t one of them as Connie Guinn’s squad shot just 28 percent from the floor in dropping a 56-50 decision to the Lady Redskins.

  • Harriman splits with Oakdale


    It may not have been the most glamorous game at times, but the Harriman Lady Blue Devils channeled the spirit of John Wayne, showing "true grit" in a 57-52 win over the Oakdale Lady Eagles on a bone-chilling Friday night. 

  • Lady Tigers take home Clinch tourney title


    It wasn’t easy, but the Rockwood Middle School Lady Tigers won four games in three days to capture the Clinch Valley Holiday Classic title.

    Rockwood’s four wins came by a combined 11 points, with three of the four being decided by two points or less.

  • Gasque leads Jackets past Redskins, 70-61


    For three quarters Friday night, Kingston’s Quint Gasque looked like Clark Kent at Loudon. After that, he was more like Superman in leading the Jackets to a thrilling 70-61 overtime victory over the Redskins.

  • RMS rolls to Clinch Valley Classic title


    Winning a championship isn’t supposed to be easy, but that wasn’t the case for the Rockwood Middle School Tigers over the weekend as they won four games by an average of 16.5 points on their way to winning the Clinch Valley Holiday Classic hosted by the Tigers.

  • Rockwood hearing, session to address rezoning matters

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special-called session at 5 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.

    In the session, which also includes a public hearing, the Council will consider and possibly take action on the second and final reading of an ordinance to rezone to change residential zoning categories for an area along West Strang Street, Trinity Avenue, Dunlap Avenue and Wheeler Street.

    When Council approved the first reading, some council members hesitated in casting a vote before being assured a public hearing would be held before final approval.

  • Belgian student drawn to lake, American TV

    When Geraldine Tanghe graduated from high school in Belgium, she didn’t know what to do next.

    “I didn’t really know what I wanted to study in college,” she said. “I thought it would be a good idea to take a break.”

    She eventually decided to do the student exchange program and found herself at Kingston’s Roane County High School.

    Tanghe doesn’t have the hesitant English that many exchange students exhibit, facing unfamiliarity with the language and the obvious twangy lilt that Southerners throw into it.