Today's News

  • Cross country in home stretch

    The Kingston and Midway girls and boys cross country teams met Thursday at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville for the Region Cross County meet. The athletes and teams will be vying for spots in the state meet coming up in Nashville.

  • There is no try for Yellow Jackets

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets will finish out the regular season at home tonight in a Region 2-3A game with Gatlinburg-Pittman. Kingston is coming off a win against Pigeon Forge last week, but in order to have a clear berth in the playoffs Kingston will have to win toinght. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

  • Rockwood takes show on road
  • OS and Midway district game

    As of time of printing, The Oliver Springs Bobcats will have already met the Midway Green Wave in the final game of the season. With both teams in ownership of identical 7-2, 3-2 records the game takes on added importance for seeding in the playoffs. The Bobcats and the Green Wave are both coming off losses last Friday and a higher playoff seeding and deep run in the post season will compliment their winning seasons.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Looking at passing scene, GOP as Parrot Party

    This week gentle reader, we have no great overriding theme, but instead a collection of random observations on the passing scene:

  • Going With the Flo: Socialism is direct threat to our democracy

    By Flo Charles

    “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” (John F. Kennedy) – a good president with addictive habits.

    Only his inner circle knew Kennedy was a serial womanizer.

    Jackie Kennedy considered divorce, but was convinced to remain. Being much loved by the people, she was vital to JFK’s presidential success; God used him with his flaws. (1 Samuel 16:7) “God looks on the heart; man looks on the outside.”

  • Homemade gifts and more at the FCE Christmas Ideas Fair

    Council members from the Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs are getting their handmade items ready for their annual Christmas Ideas Fair.

    This year’s fair is one day only, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Kingston Community Center.

    Proceeds will go to the Roane County 4-H program, including helping with sponsoring summer camp.

    Craft and gift items include baked goods and handmade Christmas decorations. Lunch and dinner will be sold as well, for eat in or take out.

  • ‘Brother, can you spare a dime?’

    The $68 million school building project could be accomplished with as little as a 10-cent property tax rate increase, according to a presentation delivered by Director of Schools Gary Aytes to the County Commission on Monday at the courthouse.

    “We want to get it down to the least possible burden on the taxpayers,” Aytes said.

    Aytes began the work session with a recap on the years of planning that led to the development of the K-14 curriculum around which the building program is based.

  • UT professor offers expert testimony in ash spill suit

    Jurors in the ash spill worker trial heard from the plaintiffs’ expert witness on Wednesday.

    Dr. Paul Terry is an epidemiologist in the University of Tennessee Department of Medicine. He looked at the effects of exposure to fly ash and reached the following conclusions:

    Lead in coal fly ash can cause hypertension

    Arsenic, cadmium, and fine particulate matter in coal fly ash can cause coronary artery disease

    Arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and fine particulate matter in coal fly ash can cause lung cancer