Today's News

  • Woman charged with selling meth near OS High School

    A woman is accused of selling meth across the street from Oliver Springs High School.

    Linda Faye Lively, 424 Kingston Ave., Oliver Springs, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of meth; manufacture, sell, or delivery in a drug free school zone; and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Oliver Springs police executed a search warrant at Lively’s residence on Monday. According to the warrant, hypodermic needles and digital scales were found along with $633 in cash.


    Despite its wordiness, Jack Stockton said he was happy to take the oath of sheriff again.

    “It’s an honor to be able to take a vow and oath of that nature,” he said.

    Stockton was one of 21 elected officials who participated in the swearing in ceremony at the courthouse on Wednesday. The group included Trustee Chris Mason, Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston, County Clerk Beth Gage Johnson, Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett, County Executive Ron Woody and all 15 county commissioners.

  • Going With the Flo: Are you ready to say enough is enough?

    An immigrant in our country illegally is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts!

    This may be old news to some, but not to her family or those who fear that they could be next.

    Politicians protect those living in our country illegally, blocking our president’s every attempt to build a wall. They are working against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, exposing Americans to the same fate as Mollie.

    How many more deaths will it take?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Recent national news prompts commentary

    The death of Senator John Sydney McCain, of Arizona, has dominated the news over the last few days, and naturally such an event has prompted the old curmudgeon into random thoughts inspired by that sad event.

    § First there is the question as to whether McCain’s passing will eventually mark the passing of the Grand Old Party, for he was one of the few who still made efforts to maintain the old standards of the Republican Party, even against the assaults of the new born Trump Party.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers


    August 24

    1st High Game - Faye Langley, Ken Altes - 442

    2nd High Game - (TIE) Jean Yarbrough, Brenda Yarborough 415, Elke Hansard, Paul Alexander 415

    3rd High Game Elke Hansard, Paul Alexandre 425

    High Scores today Rick Matthews, 228, Harold Zeilman 202

    High Series for today Elke Hansard, Paul Alexander 1220

    High Series August - Jean Yarborough, Dean Griffin 1295

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 166, Rick Matthews - 187

  • Lady Jackets give big 6-0 sting

    The Kingston Lady Jackets sent visiting Greenback home with a 6-0 loss Monday evening at Fort South West Point.

  • RCHS anglers start big

    The Roane County High School fishing team started out the new season with a bang this weekend. The first tournament of the year was at Ladd Landing on Watt Bar Lake. (left) Victor Alford landed the big fish of the tournament. The lunker weighed in at 3.74 pounds. (right) Riley Brown and Logan East (wearing glasses) were the top team of the event, finishing with a total of 7.23 pounds. The fishing team will keep it up when the next tournament on the schedule will be September 8 at Ladd Landing in Kingston.

  • Devils gain braggin’ rights

    Legendary Green Bay Packer Coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

    In the sense of the alumni football game between Kingston and Harriman Saturday evening at Dr. Nat Sugarman Field, it wasn’t the only thing.

    There was so much more.

    Although Harriman won, 33-13 in the first alumni game dubbed, “The Battle of the Bridges,” there was more to the game than a win.

    It was a coming together of communities to celebrate past gridiron heroes.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Matters of identity deeper than politics

    By Mark Banker

    Even as more sensational matters have gained our attention, events of August 2018 remind us that race remains a key issue in our United States.

    In the two weeks since I penned a column about Mrs. Gertrude Porter and the integration of Roane County’s public schools, we became better acquainted with Omarosa Manigault Neuman, mourned the passing of Aretha Franklin, and soberly recalled events that unfolded in Charlottesville a year ago.