Today's News

  • Kingston Council holding special called session


    Roane Newspapers

    Kingston City Council, perhaps following the city of Harriman’s playbook, plans to discuss annexation by referendum of properties on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    The Kingston council will meet in a special-called session Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the public library to discuss a resolution that would bypass the county urban growth committee and put annexation to a vote of the affected residents.

    The properties are west of the Clinch River Bridge between the Clinch River and the Harriman city limits.

  • Mason wants Harriman to be Keep Roane Beautiful's pilot program


    Roane Newspapers

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is jumping at the chance to participate in a pilot curbside recycling program.

    With the help of a recent grant, Keep Roane Beautiful wants to start the curbside recycling program by early next year and is looking for a community to start in.

    The program would include pickup of recyclables such as plastic and paper. While aluminum might be included, Keep Roane Beautiful coordinator Wendy Jackson said many people recycle aluminum themselves.

  • Night-skies group forms

    A new group of concerned homeowners, business owners, educators, students, clergy and others who live or work in Roane County have formed a new group, Save Roane Starry Skies.

    The mission of this citizens group is to recover and preserve the beauty of the starry night skies in Roane County.

  • Kingston falls to Sweetwater


    Roane Newspapers

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets hosted the Sweetwater Wildcats for two non-district contests Monday evening.

    The teams were looking to pick up victories in their final contests before a Christmas break, but a stifling full-court defense from the Lady Wildcats and a huge run from the Wildcats led to losses for both Kingston squads.

  • Rockwood sweeps Midway


    Roane Newspapers

    The Rockwood Tigers picked up a pair of District 3-A wins Tuesday night at Midway.

    The Lady Tigers ran their district record to 2-1 with a 50-45 win over Midway while the Tigers cruised to a 60-44 win over Midway to even their district record to 2-2.

    The Midway Lady Waves did pick up win number two of the year Friday at Washburn as they rolled to a 51-29 win to get that second win.

    Midway, however, was hammered in the nightcap game at Washburn, 61-24.

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  • Extra tax-freeze workload could cost taxpayers


    Roane Newspapers

    Homeowners 65 years old and older can start applying for

    the senior property tax freeze on Jan. 2.

    Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she doesn’t know how her office will manage the extra work once they do.

    She plans to ask the county to fund additional staff for her office.

    “The workload will increase tremendously with this tax freeze,” she said.

  • Cutting-edge art


    Roane Newspapers

    Shards of richly colored glass cast a warm glow in the home and heart of a Kingston craftsman.

    John Johnson and his wife, Shar, developed a love of stained-glass artwork when they attended a workshop nine years ago.

    Now the Johnsons have set up a workshop in their basement.

  • Richardson beats buzzer; Bobcats edge Oneida


    Roane Newspapers

    Sean Richardson was the hero Friday night as the junior guard buried a three-pointer as time expired to give the Oliver Springs Bobcats a 55-53 victory at Oneida in a match-up between the top two teams in District 4-A.

    Things didn’t go as well for the Bobcats Saturday night, however, as a cold-shooting night cost the ‘Cats dearly in a 48-39 loss at Catholic.

    The Bobcats are 7-7 overall after the split, but Tony Ingram’s squad is 3-0 in district play.

  • Oakdale sweeps through Coalfield


    Morgan County News

    COALFIELD – Oakdale swept through Coalfield and came home with a pair of District 4-A basketball wins last Friday.

    The Lady Eagles enjoyed a 45-38 win over Coalfield in a game that Oakdale overcame poor free throw shooting.

    Oakdale overcame an early deficit and took home a 67-51 victory over the Jackets.


  • Bangley leaving Wartburg grid program


    Morgan County News

    John Bangley’s stint at Wartburg is over after only 10 games as head football coach.