Today's News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 26

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Cablevision hoped to give Roane County subscribers their money’s worth. While the company had to raise rates by $4 per month to offset increasing operational costs, it planned to offer eight new cable channels to subscribers. Manager Roger Rule said the channels, based on customers’ requests, included TNT, The Nostalgia Channel, CNN Headline News, Arts and Entertainment, The Weather Channel, Home Shopping Network, VH-1 and MTV. A new premium channel, The Disney Channel, was also available for an extra $6.95 per month.

  • School prayer push more about power than it is blessings


    First Amendment Center

    Never say die.

    That must be the motto of politicians, religious leaders and school leaders who keep pushing for state-sponsored prayers in public schools more than 50 years after the Supreme Court struck down the practice as a violation of the Establishment clause of the First Amendment.

  • Kingston expanding solar presence

    The city of Kingston and Energy Source Partners LLC signed a contract this week which begins the process for the second phase of solar energy production in Kingston.

    In this agreement Energy Source Partners agrees to lease city property located on James Ferry Road in Kingston on property formerly used by the Kingston Water Department.

    They plan to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an electricity grid-connected photovoltaic solar power system with a generating capacity rated at approximately 200 kWdc.

  • Rockwood sets sights on enclosing community pool

    Rockwood’s plans to use TVA funds to enclose the city’s community pool isn’t a forgotten goal — even though the funds have been reallocated to other projects.

    Mayor James Watts said Rockwood officials, as well as swim team leader Cassandra Dothard, have been working with others, including Roane State officials, to seek out grants and other funds for the project.

    Barbara Smith had her own demographic in mind when she spoke up in support.

  • Upgrades planned for Gertrude Porter Park

    Kingston’s newest city park is an old one.

    But it will be as good as new, once planned renovations are finished.

    Roane County officials moved to deed Gertrude Porter Park to the city of Kingston at a February meeting.

    The park, off Hwy. 58 near the confluence of the Tennessee and Clinch rivers, currently has a number of athletic and related amenities, including a baseball field and playground.

    But it could use some work.

  • Motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 70 wreck first 2014 fatality

    A Knox County man was killed in a Feb. 21 wreck in Roane County.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Rick W. Berry was riding a Honda VF1 motorcycle on Hwy. 70 near Gallaher Road around 4:40 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert.

    Berry, 62, was wearing a helmet.

    No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

    Emergency records painted a desperate scene.

    The E-911 report said Berry was found unconscious with blood coming out of his mouth.

  • Rockwood event draws plenty of seniors




    “I used to be 26,” someone shouts, as laughter follows.

    “O -75….”

    “That’s how old I am now,” is retorted from the other side of the room.

    Rockwood Community Center has started a Senior Lunch and Bingo once a month, and it has exploded.

    In partnership with Mid-East Community Action Agency, they have turned a low-key get-together into a sizeable gathering.

  • Kingston hopes to help fix homes

    Kingston city officials have received U.S. Housing and Urban Development home grants in the past, but this year’s application will require some careful navigation.

    “It’s a little bit tricky this time,” said City Manager David Bolling, who laid out plans to apply to the program this year at February city council sessions. “The parameters have changed. And that’s going to make for more hoops to jump through. In my opinion, it’s also going to limit our ability to help the people who most need help.”

  • Election primary drift allowed

    Despite the cross-voting controversy that occurred in 2012, it looks like Republicans will continue to have an open primary this year.

    The state party didn’t express concerns about it, either.

    “We want Republicans to participate and vote in those primaries, but state law allows anyone to participate and we want to follow state law,” said Tennessee Republican Party Executive Director Brent Leatherwood.

  • Kingston officials seek to promote tweets

    Kingston officials decided in February that the Ladd Greenway project is for the birds.

    Which isn’t to speak ill of it, in this instance. At the February council sessions, council members heard updates on the latest greenway improvements and discussed a plan to make the park a bird-watching destination.